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Q1). Does the B.Ed. in Education & Psychology degree count as an accredited qualification in Psychology approved by the Psychological Society of Ireland?

The B.Ed. in Education & Psychology is a four-year honours degree programme which prepares primary level teachers and which also provides opportunities for graduates to pursue a career in Psychology. This programme, which is awarded by the University of Limerick and accredited by the Teaching Council, is a unique venture in this country, which leads to both an academic and a professional qualification, allowing graduates to pursue careers either in Primary Teaching or in the field of Psychology. This programme continues to be accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Q2). After I have finished my Bachelor of Arts degree can I do the Professional Masters in Education and become a primary school teacher?

At MIC we have the Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching), which is a 2 year course that enables third level graduates to become qualified primary school teachers. After you have completed your Bachelor of Arts degree you could then apply for this course. The minimum entry requirements, based on your Leaving Certificate, are as follows: at least grade C in Higher Level Irish, and at least grade D in Mathematics (Ordinary or Higher level), and at least grade C (Ordinary level) or grade D (Higher level) in English. Eligible applicants will also be required to undergo an interview and an oral Irish test.

Q3). Can I become a secondary school teacher after I have completed my Arts degree?

The BA at MIC is accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland for secondary school teaching and we offer a range of subjects suitable for those who wish to pursue a teaching career.  You would have to go on after graduation to complete a 2 year Professional Master of Education (secondary teaching).  This is standard for general Arts graduates who wish to become teachers.  MIC have had many BA graduates successfully go on to become secondary teachers. Please note that on the MIC, St Patrick's Campus, Thurles the following concurrent post-primary teaching degree programmes are offered:

BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting (MI009)

BA in Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies (MI010)

BA in Education, Irish & Religious Studies (MI011)

BA in Education, Irish & Business Studies (MI012) 

Students are fully qualified to teach their two subject in four years and all four programmes are accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Q4). Are there any academic scholarships available?

Commencing in September 2017, MIC will offer a total of 50 entrance scholarships to incoming undergraduate first year students across all nine undergraduate programmes currently on offer by the College. These scholarships, valued at €2,000 each, will be offered on the basis of results obtained in the Leaving Certificate Examinations.

Q5). Do you have to have Higher Level Irish in your Leaving Certificate to do primary teaching?

Applicants for the Bachelor of Education course must have obtained the following grades in their Leaving Certificate, at minimum, in the subjects specified below:

Gaeilge Grade H5

English Grade O5 or H6

Mathematics O6/H6

Q6). What age do you can to be to be considered a mature student?

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

Q7). How many places are reserved on the B.Ed. for Gaeltacht applicants?

Up to ten per cent of places overall in the Colleges of Education may be reserved for applicants from the Gaeltacht, i.e, applicants who reside in the officially designated Gaeltacht and the normal language of whose home is Irish (Department of Education and Skills). Eligibility for this category is determined by Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gaeltachta agus Oileán. Intending applicants are strongly advised to check their eligibility with An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gaeltachta agus Oileán. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

• be residents of the officially designated Gaeltacht

• have Gaeilge as the normal language of the household

• Gaeltacht applicants may, if they wish, apply under both MI005 and MI006.

Q8). Do you have to go to the Gaeltacht as part of the Bachelor of Education programme?

All students on the course are required to undertake two Gaeltacht placements, each of two weeks, in Years 1 and 3 of their programme. The cost of these placements will no longer be met by the Department of Education and Skills.

Q9). Is there a special entry route into the first year BA in ECCE?

There is a special entry route into the first year of the BA in Early Childhood Care and Education course. Up to 10% of places are available to FETAC/NCVA applicants who have obtained the following:

A Pass in FETAC (NC VA Level 5) Childcare Studies DCHSC or 5M2009 (8 modules in total) is required with Distinctions in 5 of these modules including the following 4 mandatory modules:

Caring for Children D20159 or 5N1765

Working in Childcare D20153 or 5N1770

Child Development D20005 or 5N1764

Early Childhood Education D20007 or 5N1773

As the number of places available is limited, those places will be allocated on a competitive basis based on the student’s score. Where one or more student has the same score, students will be ranked on a random basis. FETAC/NCVA applicants must apply through the CAO indicating on the application form that they have taken or are taking FETAC/NCVA examinations.

Q10). What is the HEAR scheme and how many places are available?

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. School leavers who provide satisfactory evidence relating to their socio-economic circumstances and meet the Irish Leaving Certificate matriculation / minimum entry and subject requirements are eligible to compete for a quota of places allocated to applicants on a reduced points basis in Mary Immaculate College.  The College may reserve up to 5% of its places on each of their undergraduate programmes in any given year for HEAR applicants. Potential candidates must apply for a place through the Higher Education Access Route. HEAR applicants applying for a place in Mary Immaculate College must satisfy minimum entry requirements and come within a margin of 40 CAO points below the standard CAO entry requirements for the course in the year in question.  As the minimum entry and subject requirements may be different for each course, applicants should check the prospectus for the requirements of each preference listed on your CAO form.


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