Church of Ireland College of Education

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Church of Ireland College of
96 Upper Rathmines Road,
Dublin 6,

Tel: + 353 (0)1 497 0033
Fax: + 353 (0)1 497 1932

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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 Church of Ireland College of Education might be for you.

Why choose the Church of Ireland College of Education?

CICE offers a four-year level 8 University-accredited B.Ed. degree.
  • CICE's B.Ed. is approved by the Teaching Council
  • We have small class sizes
  • We develop a strong relationship with students
We prepare students to teach in Protestant schools and other primary schools across the state
  • We develop skills in multi-class teaching to prepare teachers to work in small schools
  • We prioritise inclusive education
We have a specialist library and education resource centre
  • Technology is an integral part of teaching and learning
  • We offer an intensive on-site Gaeltacht experience for first years
We foster autonomy and life-long learning
  • We engage students in collaborative learning
  • We put the students at the heart of the learning

This programme prepares you for your primary teaching career in any State primary school. CICE offers the Religious Education Certificate preparing its graduates to teach in schools under Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Society of Friends patronage. CICE also offers the Educate Together certificate.

Your studies take place in the College, in Gaeltacht placements and in a range of primary schools.  The College programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.  The programme is assessed through a combination of examinations, continuous assessment and practical tasks.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate examination(s) with Grade C3 Higher Level in not fewer than three subjects, Grade D3 in three other subjects, Grade C3 in Higher Level Irish, Grade C3 in English Ordinary Level or D3 in Higher Level, Grade D3 in Mathematics (either Ordinary or Higher level).  For entry requirements for mature applicants and those applying from outside the State see the prospectus on   Cut-off points vary: 2013 – 425; 2012 – 435; 2011 – 410.

Application Procedure

Applications for admission should be made to the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, using the course code CE001.  The B.Ed. degree in CICE is a restricted application course. Applications will not be considered by the College unless the course has been listed by the applicant in an application received by the CAO not later than 1st February in the year in which admission is sought.  Applicants will be called to CICE for a suitability interview before Easter. 

Reserved Places

At present, all 32 places that the College is permitted to offer are reserved for those belonging to the various reformed Christian denominations including the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian church, the Methodist church, the Society of Friends and the Baptists.