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Teacher Education Access Programme (TEAP)

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  • Programme Overview

    The Teacher Education Access Programme (TEAP) for Mature Learners is offered by Mary Immaculate College in partnership with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB). 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 TEAP course takes places on Wednesday evenings (4-7pm) and Friday evenings (6-9pm) and runs from September to May.

    The programme is designed to offer participants an opportunity to obtain the prerequisite entry requirements to the B Ed programme. To help students in this regard, Gaeilge at honours Leaving Certificate level will be offered. Options to study other Leaving Certificate subjects are available within Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. 

    In addition, students will study a further two compulsory TEAP 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

    Contact

    Margaret O'Keeffe, Programme Coordinator

    T: +353 204527

    E: Margaret.OKeeffe@mic.ul.ie

    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 two H5 grades and one H4 grade (Irish) required for the B Ed programme can opt to take Gaeilge to Honours Leaving Cert level through the TEAP.  However, such applicants must note that there is also a minimum H5 honours requirement in two subjects at Leaving Cert for the B Ed Programme, and they must have these grades either at the time of making an application for the TEAP or must be in the process of obtaining these grades in the Leaving Cert before June 2020. 

    Options to study other Leaving Certificate subjects are available within the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

    Please Note: The Department of Education and Skills has recently issued a letter to state that from 2019 onwards they will recognise QQI Level 5 Mathematics 5N 1833 for entry to the B Ed Mature Competition.  A merit grade (65-79%) obtained in the QQI Level 5 exam can be considered equivalent to the minimum entry grade required in Mathematics.

    Intending applicants are requested to carefully read the 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. 

    How to Apply

    Intending applicants need to complete an Application Form, provide two written references and return them to the Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick no later than Friday 26 July 2019.

    All eligible applicants will be invited for interview on the first week of September, and will receive written notification of same.

    All students enrolled on the programme are required to be Garda Vetted.  The fee for this is included in the course fee listed below.

    Fees 2019/20

    • Medical Card Holder: €150
    • Non-Medical Card Holder: €450
    • Graduate Entry—Applicant already has a degree & is a Medical Card Holder: €250
    • Graduate Entry—Applicant already has a degree & does not hold a Medical Card: €1,000

    Medical card Holders: Students must be in receipt of a Medical Card at time of enrolment, should a student subsequently acquire a medical card following enrolment the full course fees will apply and no reduction will be given retrospectively.

    Application form available here

    For further information, please contact the MIC Admissions Office on Admissions@mic.ul.ie or +353 61 204348.

    Contact
    Programme Coordinator
    Margaret O'Keeffe
    + 353 61 204526

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