Deadline extension for primary teaching applicants

Minister for Education Norma Foley has announced a deadline extension for applicants to primary initial teacher education, having recently announced an historic increase of 610 new course places for the 2023/2024 academic year.

The decision to extend the deadline for applications to the primary Professional Master of Education (PME ) programme by the four State-funded providers of primary initial teacher education - Dublin City University, Maynooth University, Marino Institute of Education and Mary Immaculate College - was taken to ensure the maximum number of students could avail of this recent expansion.

As part of the Department’s comprehensive programme to support the supply of teachers, Minister Foley recently announced an increase to the number of places on the primary Professional Master of Education programme nationally.

A further Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG ) examination will take place on May 12. Those wishing to take the examination should apply to TEG by April 20 ( ).

The closing date for applications to the programme for the relevant higher education institutions has been extended until June 2.

“Primary school teaching is an inspiring and rewarding career," Minister Foley said. "I was delighted to announce 610 extra places on primary initial teacher education programmes over 2023 and 2024, which will help to meet the demand for our high quality primary teachers.

“I warmly welcome the efforts of the relevant higher education institutions to facilitate applicants for those places with an extended deadline and an opportunity for students to take the TEG exam, as part of this process, if necessary.”


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