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BA in Education, Irish and Religious Studies (MI0II)

CAO minimum entry points 2016: 375

Developed in response to the growing need for excellence in teaching at post-primary level the BA in Education, Irish and Religious Studies is a four-year, full-time undergraduate concurrent teacher education degree. The programme is taught throughout at the MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus Thurles, is accredited by the Teaching Council and graduates are qualified to teach Irish and Religious Studies to honours Leaving Certificate level. In addition, graduates are trained in the most current methodologies and technologies available to enhance the teaching of their subject areas at post-primary level. The degree programme includes four years of modules in Irish and Religious Studies. These are taken concurrently with education modules which include theoretical and professional studies along with a succession of practical teaching experiences. The Teaching Council requires Irish language teachers to have spent a minimum of three months on residential placement in a designated Gaeltacht area prior to registering with it. Two weeks of this residential placement will be in the form of a compulsory Cúrsa Gaeltachta, organised by the College.

Graduates of the programme will:

  • Have an excellence in knowledge and skills of their subject area.
  • Have an excellence in knowledge and skills of the theory and practice of education.
  • Possess a range of innovative teaching methodologies.
  • Engage in critical thinking and reflective practice.
  • Value and student-centred approach to teaching and learning
  • Develop skills in teamwork, facilitation and leadership
  • Be a committed life-long learner

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants are required to have an established Leaving Certificate with at least two Grade C3s at Higher Level, one of which must be Irish and four Grade D3s at Ordinary Level, two of which must be English and Mathamatics.*

Subject Requirements:

Irish, English, Mathematics

*Note not all applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements may receive an offer of a place.

 Programme Structure    

 YEAR 1 Term 1 Term 2
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning I
  • Teaching Skills
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning II
  • Methodologies I
  • School Placement I
 Nua - Ghaeilge
  • An Ghaeilge Scríofa & Labhartha I
  • An Nualitríocht
  • An Ghaeilge agus Filí Chathair Chorcaí
  • Oidhreacht na Gaeilge I
 Religious Studies
  • Introduction to Religion and Theology
  • The Old Testament
  •  World Religions
  • The Moral Challenge
 YEAR 2 Term 1 Term 2
  • Preparation for School Placement
  • Adolescent Development
  • ICT in Education
  • Critical and Reflective Practice
  • School Placement II
  Nua - Ghaeilge
  • An Ghaeilge Scríofa & Labhartha II
  • Litríocht na Gaeilge sa Tréimhse larchlasaiceach 
  • An Ghaeilge agus Filíocht Sheáin Uí Ríordáin
  • An Ghaeilge Chomhaimseartha
 Religious Studies
  • Liturgy and Sacraments
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • Foundations and Approaches to Religious Education
  • Religion and Science
 YEAR 3 Term 1 Term 2
  • Inclusive Education
  • Methodologies II
  • School Curriculum Studies
  • School Placement III
 Nua - Ghaeilge
  • An Ghaeilge agus Litríocht an Ghrá
  • Prós na Gaeilge
  • An Ghaeilge agus an Litríocht Chráifeach
  • An Ghaeilge Chomhaimseartha II
 Religious Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Ecclesiology
  • The Gospel of John
  • The God of Jesus Christ
 YEAR 4 Term 1 Term 2
  • The Teacher as Professional
  • History of Education
  • School Placement IV
 Nua - Ghaeilge
  • An Ghaeilge agus an Imirce
  • Oidhreacht na Gaeilge II
 Religious Studies
  • Human Life and Human Sexuality
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Paul: Pastor and Theologian

 School Placement Structure*

 Year School Type Placement  Duration
1 Primary School 4 weeks
2 Post - Primary School 5 weeks
3 Post - Primary School 5 weeks
4 Post - Primary School 12 weeks

* Please note that list durations are indicative onl and are subject to change.

BA in Education Programmes (Thurles Campus)

CAO Codes MI009 / MI010 / MI011 / MI012

Mary Immaculate College is committed to improving access to higher education for adults. If you are at least 23 years old on the 1 January of the year of entry to College, you are considered as a mature applicant.


Mature applicants wishing to apply to Mary Immaculate College for MI009/MI010/MI011 or MI012 must apply for entry through the CAO. 1st February is the normal deadline for receipt of completed applications with late applications accepted up to 1 May. Application forms and copies of the CAO Handbook can be obtained from the CAO at Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or by telephoning 091 509800. Applications can be made online at www.cao.ie and copies of the Handbook can also be downloaded from the website.


All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI009/MI010/MI011 or MI012 and are meeting the eligibility criteria, will be invited to attend for an interview. Candidates applying for MI011 or MI012 will have part of their interview conducted through Irish. Candidates are awarded a grade for their performance at the interview. Where places remain unfilled after the list of successful first preference applicants has been exhausted, offers may be made to other applicants in order of preference and in accordance with the order of merit. Applicants who get a ‘fail’ grade in the Interview will be eliminated from the competition. Applicants who have failed the Interview on two previous occasions are not eligible to re-apply.


Mature applicants who have completed an interview will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being offered a place and all places will then be offered by the CAO.


In order to establish students' fitness to teach, all incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Student Health Information Form.


Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda Vetting process.


Information on Fees www.mic.ul.ie/fees


A new online grant applications system was introduced in 2012. All new applications are made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie


Ní mór do gach mac léinn BA san Oideachas freastal ar dhá chúrsa chónaithe sa Ghaeltacht mar chuid dá gclár. - Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 agus 2. Ní mór Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 a dhéanamh i mbliain 1 agus Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 2 a dhéanamh i mbliain 3. Maireann gach cúrsa coicís.

Reachtáilfear scrúdú cainte sa Ghaeilge nuair a fhilleann an mac léinn ar an gcoláiste agus cuirfear an measúnú seo le gráid an mhic léinn sna modúil Ghaeilge.

All BA in Ed students registered for MI011 or MI012 are required to attend two residential placements in the Gaeltacht as part of their programmeTréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 agus 2. ‘Tréimhse Foghlama saGhaeltacht 1’ is taken in year 1 of the programme and ‘Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 2’ in year 3. Each placement lasts two weeks.

An oral Irish examination will be held on the student’s return to College and this assessment will contribute to the student’s grades in Irish modules.


Paula Hourigan, T: +353 504 20535/21201
E: paula.hourigan@mic.ul.ie

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel: +35361 204300