About CICE

The history of the College began in 1811 with the foundation of the Kildare Place Training Institution in Dublin city centre. This Institution, which was run by the Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland (popularly known as the Kildare Place Society) pioneered courses of training for teachers, and developed the idea of a qualified teaching profession. In 1855 the Kildare Place College was taken over by the Church Education Society for the purpose of training Anglican students for church schools. The Church Education Society Training College became The Church of Ireland Training College (C.I.T.C.) in 1884, and as such received state aid and was recognised as a denominational College for training National Teachers.

A further significant development occurred in the 1920s when links were established with the University of Dublin by which students attended lectures in Trinity College and were eligible to continue for a degree after their period of training in C.I.T.C. The College survived the difficult war years, and moved from Kildare Place to new purpose-built accommodation in Rathmines in 1969. A few years later its name was changed again when it became The Church of Ireland College of Education. In 1974 a three-year Bachelor of Education degree course was introduced. From 2010 CICE took over all teaching on the B.Ed programme years 1 to 4 following the signing of a new agreement with its accrediting body, the University of Dublin.

In 2012, the Department of Education and Skills announced a change in policy regarding the provision of Initial Teacher Education in Ireland. CICE began negotiations with Dublin City University with a view to becoming part of the proposed DCU Institute of Education. CICE and DCU signed a linkage agreement in January 2015 and DCU became the sole accreditor of the three programmes on offer in CICE: the B.Ed degree, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Learning Support / Special Educational Needs and the Master of Education (Special Educational Needs).

The Plunket Museum of Irish Education was opened in 1992 at the Church of Ireland College of Education. It is situated in the old stable-yard in a two-storey stone building, renovated as a Fás project. It consists of a 1900 Model Classroom, with a display area upstairs. The museum houses a large number of artefacts from nineteenth and twentieth century classrooms, donated by or collected from schools. It is run in conjunction with the archive collection held in the college, which relates to the work of the Kildare Place Society (The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland) founded in 1811. This archive includes a large collection of early school textbooks, classroom materials and teaching aids, a number of which are on permanent display in the museum. The museum is the only one in the Republic of Ireland dedicated to the history of education. Visits may be arranged by appointment; however, staffing of the Museum is entirely voluntary.
The records and publications of the Kildare Place Society are held in the college archives. The Kildare Place Society was founded in 1811 by a group of philanthropic men in Dublin. The Society was non-denominational but its rules required the Bible to be read in schools ‘without note or comment’. The Society aimed to assist the provision of primary education in literary and numeracy throughout Ireland. It established model schools and a teacher training institution in Kildare Place, for both men and women teachers. It also provided grants for school-building, gratuities to teachers and school requisites (such as slates, pens, maps and textbooks). An inspectorate was established to visit and monitor the schools. The Kildare Place Society was in receipt of a government grant from1815 until the setting up of the National School system in 1831. The organization and structure of the Society served as a basis for the National School system, which established its own model schools, training institution, book publication and inspectorate in Marlborough Street.

Documents relating to the subsequent history of the College are also held in the Archives at CICE. There is also a collection of 19th and 20th century textbooks used in primary schools in Ireland.

Applications to consult material held in the archives should be made to the librarian – library@cice.ie. To consult the archives it is essential to make an application in writing.

The Reading Centre @ CICE was established in 2002 with the aim of encouraging the study and promotion of all aspects of reading in both Gaeilge and English. This includes the development of reading skills at all levels and the encouragement of an engagement with books and children’s literature. The Church of Ireland College of Education has, over many years, gained national recognition for supporting the promotion of books and reading, especially where this relates to young people.

CICE has been concerned with the development of reading skills and the remediation of reading difficulties. Nationally recognised courses for those teaching pupils with special educational needs and who require learning support are based in the college, and the remediation of reading difficulties forms a core component of these courses. Since its inception, the Reading Centre @ CICE activities have included talks, courses and conferences on encouraging children and young adults to enjoy reading; writing and illustrating children’s books; what children and young adults read, past and present, and reading strategies for use with children with special educational and learning support needs.

Becoming a Teacher

Is primary school teaching for you?
  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Do you enjoy music, art, games or just having fun outdoors?
  • Would you like the chance to teach a wide range of interesting subjects?
  • Does the idea of teaching young children aged 4 to 12 inspire you?

If you answered “Yes” to the above questions then the Bachelor of Education DC004 might be for you.

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) DC004 Restricted Entry is the pathway for Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian, Society of Friends, Baptist and other reformed Christian applicants.

CICE and Dublin City University are working in partnership towards incorporation in 2016. The DCU Institute of Education will register new students of CICE on the restricted entry B.Ed programme. This course will enable graduates to register as primary teachers with the Teaching Council of Ireland. Graduates will be particularly prepared to teach in primary schools under Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Society of Friends patronage. Graduates learn the skills and insights necessary to prepare them to work in small schools and multi-level classes. Graduates will also be qualified to teach in all primary schools across the State.

DCU has given a commitment to provide accommodation on the university campus for all incoming first years commencing the DC004 programme and for second years on DC004.

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Please download the information sheet, application form and reference form here. Applications should be returned to CICE by Friday 22nd April 2016”.

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Statement on the launch of the denominational paper for the new Institute of Education at DCU

Educating Tomorrow… Moving Forward Together

The launch of the report outling the vision and structure of the new Institute of Education at Dublin City University (DCU) has been warmly welcomed by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson. A New Vision of Education for the Children of Ireland, the vision document for the incorporation of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and the Church of Ireland College of Education into a new Institute at DCU, was announced today (Friday 20 June 2014) by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD.

Archbishop Michael Jackson stated: ‘This is a significant moment. The new Institute at DCU signals a fresh era for education in Ireland and the Church of Ireland is pleased to take its place as a constituent part of this exciting institution bringing together partners who meet as distinct equals. The document presented today which encompasses the Institute of Education’s governance and vision will enable all four institutions to move forward together while safeguarding the ethos and identity of the individual bodies within a secular university.’

‘Today’s announcement is the fruition of detailed negotiation and collaborative discussion which has been brought about as a response to the emerging needs of a pluralist Ireland. The new institute will meet these educational needs while maintaining the Church of Ireland’s existing links and honouring our commitment to our schools, our teachers and our children,’ he added.

Dr Anne Lodge, Principal of CICE, also welcomed the announcement of the document. She said:  “This is the culmination of many months of dialogue and discussion. All parties share a vision that the new Institute will provide a genuine opportunity to strengthen and deepen the heritage of each incorporating body. I am convinced that the new arrangements will provide a real opportunity to celebrate the culture and traditions of CICE. It will enable us to safeguard CICE’s ethos and to protect and enhance its crucial links with the network of primary schools under Reformed Christian patronage throughout the country. It offers a very positive opportunity to facilitate the flourishing of all CICE’s students and staff.“

A New Vision of Education for all the Children of Ireland states that the new Institute of Education at DCU will draw together each institution in order to facilitate and enhance the delivery of teacher education of the highest quality. In a first for Ireland, DCU will remain a secular university but will provide a framework to bring together institutions representing the Roman Catholic and the Church of Ireland/Reformed Christian traditions. These strands will each bring their own heritage and distinctive engagement in teacher education to the university.

The core curriculum for teacher preparation will be denominationally neutral. In order to ensure that the distinctive identity and values of core aspects of  teacher education in both traditions are maintained on an ongoing basis, two Centres for Denominational Education will be established within the Institute.

Among those invited to the launch by the Church of Ireland  were:

Mr Leonard Abrahamson, representing the Jewish community; Ms Suzanne Campbell, Bursar CICE; Mr Adrian Clements, Chief Officer and Provincial Secretary Church of Ireland; the Revd Dr Maurice Elliott, Director of Church of Ireland Theological Institute; the Revd Canon Dr Ian Ellis, Rector of Newcastle, Diocese of Dromore and Editor Church of Ireland Gazette; the Revd Dr Ian Ellis, Head of Education, NI General Synod Board of Education; Dr Kenneth Fennelly, Head of Education, RofI General Synod Board of Education; Miss Ruth Handy, Board Member CICE; Mr Samuel Harper, Lay Honorary Secretary of the Church of Ireland General Synod; Mr Scott Hayes, Head of Cultural Outreach, Ecclesiastical Insurance; Dr Susan Hood, Church of Ireland Archivist and Board Member CICE; the Revd Canon Neil McEndoo, chaplain CICE, Rector of Rathmines and Harold’s Cross and Chancellor of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin; the Revd Canon Horace McKinley, Rector of Whitechurch and chairperson of Whitechurch National School, longest serving priest in Dublin and Glendalough Dioceses and Canon of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin; Ms Sue Miller, Head of Library Services, CICE and Staff Rep to Board of CICE; Mr Daithi O’Mailcoille, Board Member CICE; Mr Ian Packham, Headmaster Kildare Place Schools, Rathmines; Mr Geoffrey Perrin, Head of Finance and Board Member CICE; Dr Ali Saleem, Head of Cultural Outreach in The Islamic Centre, Clonskeagh, Dublin; Mr Tony Walsh, Director of Centre for the Study of Protestantism in Ireland, NUIM; others from the Methodist and Presbyterian communities.


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Dr. Anne Lodge Principal of CICE, Lecturer in Equality and Diversity, Research Methods alodge@cice.ie
Research interests: school culture and ethos; identity, diversity and education; inclusive schools and classrooms.
Current project: An Exploration of the Communities, Cultures, Benefits and Challenges Facing Small Schools in the Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Society of Friends Network, 2015 A. Lodge & D. Tuohy, Co-funded by the GS Board of Education, CIPSMA, DCU & CICE.
Full-Time Academic Staff
Dr. Jacqueline Fallon Lecturer Early Childhood Education jfallon@cice.ie
Fallon, J. (Forthcoming) ‘Hopeful intentions: Affordance, resources and planning for play’ in Walsh, G., McMillan, D. and McGuinness, C. (Eds.) Playful Teaching and Learning. SAGE
Fallon, J. (2015) ‘Teachers’ Beliefs about Play in Infant Classes in Primary Schools in the Republic of Ireland in Mooney, B. (Ed.) Education Matters: Shaping Ireland’s Education Landscape: Yearbook 2015 – 2016. Galway: Education Matters.
Audrey Halpin Lecturer in Inclusive Education and Learning Support/Special Educational Needs ahalpin@cice.ie
Research interests: Inclusive Initial Teacher Education; Education Policy Analysis; Education for All; Inclusive Pedagogy; Interrogating the phenomenon of Special Education; Lived Experience of having a “special educational need” at school in Ireland; Policy and Practice for Access to Higher Education; School Guidance Counsellors’ Inclusion of Students considered to have Special Educational Needs).
Doctoral student in the University of Birmingham.
Dr. Lorraine Harbison Lecturer Mathematics – Mathematics Methods – ICT LHarbison@cice.ie
Research interest: Enabling educators to consider the use of the educational framework, Universal Design for Learning, to address and respond to the diversity of needs of all learners from infants classes through to the end of first year in secondary school by identifying and removing barriers to learning in order to enable participation and support inclusion in the mathematics classroom.
Dr Orla Kelly Lecturer in Social, Environmental & Scientific Education okelly@cice.ie
Research interests include inquiry-based science education, Education for Sustainability, creativity in science, and learning in the outdoors.
She has recently co-authored a book ‘Creativity in Primary Science’ (2014) and a book chapter for ‘Educating Science Teachers for Sustainability’ (2015).
Eamonn Mc Cauley Lecturer in Learning Support/Special Educational Needs emccauley@cice.ie
Chair: Réalt Teaching and Learning Programme
Research Interests: Inclusion of Students with Learning Support and Special Educational Needs, Inclusion at Post-Primary Level, Transition from Primary to Post-Primary Education, Team-teaching, ICT and Special Needs Education, Dyslexia, Disability Studies in Education, Critical Discourse Analysis.
Doctoral student in Maynooth University.
Dr. David Mc Keon Senior Lecturer in Learning Support/Special Educational Needs dmckeon@cice.ie
Deirdre Ní Chonghaile Leachtoir I Modhanna Múinte na Gaeilge dnichonghaile@cice.ie
Research Interests: Bilingualism, Immersion Education, Second language teaching and learning, Litríocht na Gaeilge do pháistí, Foghlaim agus teagasc na Gaeilge ag an tríú leibhéal
Geraldine O’Connor Director of School Placement, Lecturer in Professional Development goconnor@cice.ie
Áine O’Neill Lecturer in Learning Support/Special Educational Needs aoneill@cice.ie
Research interests: Research interests relates to SNAs; their role in schools and their training needs.
Farrell, A.M. & O’Neill, Á. (2012) Learning Support/Resource Teachers in Mainstream Post-Primary
Schools: Their Perception of the Role in Relation to Subject Teachers. REACH, Journal of Special Education Needs in Ireland. 25 (2) 92-103
Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE) Annual Conference (2013) “Inspiring Practice in Challenging Times”
Dr. Finian O’Shea Lecturer in Learning Support/Special Educational Needs foshea@cice.ie
Research interests:  Literacy Teaching and Learning; Reflective practice; Inclusive education; Identity – teacher identity and literacy identity; Children’s literature; Hermeneutics

“Literacy: Maintaining Engagement, Interacting With Children”, Mayo County Libraries, Castlebar, Dec 2015.
“Reading Writing & Writing Reading” Plenary paper at ILSA Spring Seminar, Kilkenny 2015
2015 Summer Reading Programmes Review Plenary paper (joint presentation with M Wilson) at LGMA
“nternational Conference , Right To Read, Dublin Castle, 2015
“Public and Private Literacies” Voice in Education Conference TCD 2015
“I Ink Therefore I Am”, LAI Annual Conference , Marino Institute 2015

Dr. Keith O’Sullivan Lecturer in English, Children’s Literature keith.osullivan@cice.ie
Forthcoming publications include O’Sullivan, Keith and Pádraic Whyte, eds. Children’s Literature Collections: A Model for Research. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Current Research: the National Collection of Children’s Books (NCCB) project: a two-year interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project between the Church of Ireland College of Education and Trinity College Dublin, funded by the Irish Research Council with a grant of over €350,000. The research team was led by two principal investigators, Dr Keith O’Sullivan (CICE) and Dr Pádraic Whyte (TCD), and included two postdoctoral researchers, Dr Ciara Boylan and Dr Ciara Gallagher, and a research assistant/catalogue developer, Mr Paolo Defant. See nccb.tcd.ie).
Lucy Turley Lecturer in Visual Arts Education lturley@cice.ie
Research interest: Visual Literacy – using picture books to teach art
Dr. Máirín Wilson Lecturer in Learning Support/Special Educational Needs mwilson@cice.ie
Research interests: Inclusion; Student Assessment; Planning to meet Student Individual Need; Learning Styles; Teaching Methodologies in Literacy & Numeracy and Citizenship Education.
Having worked as a Maths, English, History and CSPE teacher in Post Primary education Mairin is keenly interested in active learning approaches that make the curriculum accessible to all students. She is co-author of a Junior Cert. textbook for CSPE Make a Difference.
Máirín is a member of the executive of the Irish Literacy Association.

2015 Summer Reading Programmes Review Plenary paper (joint presentation with M Wilson) at LGMA International Conference , Right To Read, Dublin Castle, 2015

Part-Time Academic Staff
Mella Cusack Lecturer in Curriculum Studies info@cice.ie
Gretchen Dawson Lecturer in Physical Education info@cice.ie
Julie Duane Lecturer in Drama Education info@cice.ie
Rosalind Duke Development & Intercultural Education rduke@cice.ie
Stephen Feely Lecturer in Sociology, Research Methods info@cice.ie
David Gibson Lecturer in Philosophy of Education info@cice.ie
Dr. Gerard Horn Lecturer in History of Education info@cice.ie
Audrey Johnston Lecturer in Social, Personal & Health Education info@cice.ie
Ruby Morrow Lecturer in Psychology of Education info@cice.ie
Aine Ni Ghlinn Leachtoir i nGaeilge info@cice.ie
Ian Packham Lecturer in Music Education info@cice.ie
Edgar Swann Lecturer REMV info@cice.ie
Jacqui Wilkinson Co-ordinator Religious Education Certificate, Lecturer REMV info@cice.ie
Head of Library Services
Sue Miller smiller@cice.ie
Suzanne Campbell scampbell@cice.ie
Canon Neil McEndoo info@cice.ie
House Service Manager
Amanda Clyne AClyne@cice.ie

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