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Primary Teaching, BED

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Maynooth, Ireland
There are two routes into Primary Teaching at the Maynooth University: the undergraduate B Ed route and the two-year postgraduate qualification known as the Professional Master of Education (PMEd) route. 
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The Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) degree at the Maynooth University and the PMEd are designed for students who wish to become primary school teachers within the Republic of Ireland (both qualifications may offer the opportunity to work in many countries internationally). Child-centred and active approaches to teaching are central to the Froebel philosophy and permeate the ethos in the Department.

The foundation disciplines of Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology and History of Education form the theoretical basis for this degree.

Career Option

  • Graduates are eligible to register with the Teaching Council and are qualified to teach in primary schools in Ireland;
  • Further training: Educational Psychology, Educational Management, Special Educational Needs; Master of Education.
  • Other areas include volunteering in developing countries, authoring of educational texts, third level teacher education, civil service.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Educational Foundations Of R. E. Methodologies 
  • Foundation Module
  • Mathematical And Scientific 
  • Personal And Professional Skills For Teaching And Learning
  • Placement Learning 
  • Teacher As Learner

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the same course requirements as per non mature applicants – at least 3 H5 and 3 O6/H7 including a H4 in Irish or have attained level B2 minimum in TEG; O4/H7 in Maths; O4/H7 in English.
  • For those who completed the Leaving Certificate prior to the new grading system, applicants need 3 HC3 and 3 OD3/HD3 including HC2 in Irish; OC2/HD3 in Maths; OC2/HD3 in English.
  • The mature age is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. Admission is based on your application and/or interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2629 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2629 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Maynooth

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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