Taught course

Education (Primary)

Maynooth University · Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following academic qualifications: (a) An honours Bachelor degree (major award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or a major award at Level 9 or a major award at Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications, and (b) one of the following sets of second level qualifications: (i) in the Leaving Certificate Examination from 1969 onwards: a grade C3 or above in Higher Level Irish; a grade D3 or above in Mathematics (Ordinary or Higher level); and a grade C3 or above in English (Ordinary level) or grade D3 or above in English (Higher level); or (ii) in the Leaving Certificate Examination prior to 1969, Honours in Irish and passes in English and Mathematics; or (iii) in the Northern Ireland GCSE and GCE A Level Examinations: a Grade C at GCE A Level Irish; a Grade C at GCSE Level in both English and English Literature or Grade B at GCSE Level in either; and a Grade D at GCSE Level in Additional Mathematics or a Grade C at GCSE Level in Mathematics. Applicants must provide evidence to the Higher Education Institution that their degree is placed as a major award at the appropriate level on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applicants must meet all entry requirements by Friday 3rd July 2016 and provide documentary evidence of meeting these requirements. Please note that a minimum entry requirement of a H2.2 Bachelor Degree at Level 8 will apply from September 2016. Alternatives to second-level qualifications in Irish, English or Maths. A Pass in a University First Arts Examination in Irish, English or Mathematics will be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination GCE/GCSE requirement for the relevant subject. In the case of Irish, a Grade C in the Matriculation Examination (which existed up to 1992) will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement. In addition, the following are accepted as satisfying the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement: Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level C1, NUIG; Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level B2, NUIG; Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, NUI Maynooth; Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) at Level B2, NUI Maynooth; Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish), University College Cork; Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach, UCD; Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (An Ghaeilge sa Saol Comhaimseartha), University of Limerick; Diploma in Irish at the University of Ulster. In the case of Mathematics, a Pass in that subject in the Matriculation Examination will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCSE requirement. Eligible applicants will be required to undergo an Interview and an Oral Irish Examination. Applicants who get a "fail" grade in either the Interview or oral Irish Examination will be eliminated from the competition. The purpose of the Interview is to ascertain the suitability of the applicant for participation in a primary teacher education programme. The Oral Irish Examination will comprise: conversation on everyday topics and on books read by the applicant; and reading correctly and intelligently a suitable passage of prose or poetry and explaining the matter read. Applicants should note that a high standard of fluency is required in the Oral Irish Examination and should prepare for the examination accordingly. Applicants will be advised by the relevant Centre (Dublin and/or Limerick) of the date, time, venue, etc, of their Interview and Oral Irish Examination and must attend these examinations at their own expense. The location will be either Dublin and/or Limerick.

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Masters of Education (Primary) is a full-time, two year course designed to equip student-teachers with the range of knowledge and skill related to the profession of primary school teaching and its curriculum.

The course structure enables student-teachers to make real connections between the theory and practice of education. This is achieved through the blend of methodology and foundation discipline courses on offer.

Fees and funding

International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education