Applications for concurrent (undergraduate) programmes are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) and selection is based on the CAO points system. Mature applicants should check with the relevant college/university regarding application procedures.

Consecutive (postgraduate) programmes in primary teacher education are advertised in the national media with details of closing dates and application procedures. Places on the programme are awarded on the basis of qualifications, an interview and an oral examination in Irish.

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements for programmes of initial teacher education are set by the Minister for Education, in consultation with the Teaching Council. 

  • For information on how to qualify as a primary teacher (including Minimum Entry Requirements), please see here.

To be registered with the Teaching Council as a primary teacher, a person must have obtained the qualifications as set out under Route 1: Primary in The Teaching Council Registration Regulations 2016.

Higher Education Institutions

Providers of ITE