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Teacher Education Access Programme (TEAP)

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  • Programme Overview

    The Teacher Education Access Course for Mature Learners is a programme offered by Mary Immaculate College in partnership with the City of Limerick Vocational Educational Committee, Adult Education Service and Limerick Youth services. It is designed for mature learners who wish to gain entry to the B Ed (Primary Teaching) at the College. The course is aimed at anyone over the age of 22 by 1 January on the year of application, who is interested in applying to the B Ed (Primary Teaching) and who does not hold the minimum entry requirements.

    Key Features

    The course takes place on Friday evening from 6-9pm and Saturdays (9.30am-5.30pm) and runs from September in any given year.

    The programme is designed to offer participants an opportunity to obtain the prerequisite entry requirements to the B Ed programme (see Appendix A). To help students in this regard, two subjects at honours Leaving Certificate level will be offered (Gaeilge and English). In addition, students will study a further two compulsory modules which require the completion of course work, which are:

    • Introduction to Studies in Education. Topics covered include: The Irish Primary School Curriculum and the Theory of Teaching and Learning.
    • Students will spend time in a school setting observing and participating in the life of the school. Insights gained from this experience will be documented using a reflective journal.

    Those who successfully complete the course and fulfill the minimum entry requirements for the B Ed (Primary Teaching) programme will be offered a place on the B Ed programme in MIC.

    Aims and objectives of the course:

    • Equip students with the necessary skills to participate in, and benefit from, a third level course
    • Provide students with an opportunity to experience the satisfaction that can be gained from learning
    • Offer students an opportunity to obtain the minimum requirements for entry to the profession
    • Build up confidence in a supportive learning environment
    • Provide a direct access route to the MIC B Ed (Primary Teaching)
    • Provide an alternative access route to third level for mature students


    Margaret O'Keeffe, Programme Coordinator

    T: +353 204527


    Entry Requirements

    All applicants for the Teacher Education Access Programme must have completed the Leaving Certificate and must have passed at least three subjects in the Leaving Certificate at either higher or ordinary level, including Mathematics, at the time of application.

    Applicants who may not have the minimum three H5 grades (required for the B Ed programme) can opt to take both Irish and English to Honours Leaving Cert level through the TEAP. However, such applicants must note that there is a minimum H5 honours requirement in a third subject at Leaving Cert for the B Ed Programme, and they must have this grade either at the time of making an application for the TEAP, or must be in the process of obtaining this grade in the Leaving Cert before June 2019. 

    Intending applicants are requested to carefully read the attached entry requirements for the B Ed (Primary Teaching) from the Department of Education & Skills and take particular note of the requirements in the Leaving Certificate. Click here for more information.

    How to Apply

    Fees 2017/2018: 

    • €400 per annum payable in two instalments of €200 at the commencement of each semester.
    • There is no charge if you are in receipt of social welfare, on a jobs initiative, on a CE scheme or are a medical card holder.
    • €1,000 per annum for graduates (those with an existing degree).

    Application form here.

    • All eligible applicants will be invited for interview, and will receive written notification of same.
    • Late entrants may be accepted if there are places available.
    • All students enrolled on the programme are required to be Garda Vetted.


    Programme Coordinator
    Margaret O'Keeffe
    + 353 61 204526

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  • Programme Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question