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I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.
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Changes to Minimum Entry Requirements for Primary Teaching

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Changes to Minimum Entry Requirements for Primary Teaching


Monday, October 09, 2017 




Changes to Minimum Entry Requirements for Primary Teaching

The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has announced new minimum entry requirements for primary teacher training programmes for the 2018/2019 academic year.

In addition to the points required for entry to programmes of primary initial teacher education (ITE), the Department of Education and Skills specifies minimum entry requirements in the core subjects: Maths, English and Irish. This is to ensure that primary teachers have the capacity to lead learning in these vital areas.

Changes announced have set higher minimum entry standards to programmes of primary initial teacher education for Leaving Certificate Maths and English at Ordinary Level and Irish at Higher Level.

The changes are as follows:

Subject Entry 2018  Entry 2019 & 2020
Irish Grade % Grade %
H5 50<60 H4 60<70
English

O5 50<60 O4 60<70
or   or  
H7 30<40 H7 30<40
Maths O6 40<50 O4 60<70
or   or  
H7 30<40 H7 30<40

In line with the new policy to encourage wider participation in the more challenging Higher Level papers, a H7 (which is equivalent for points to an O3) will now meet the minimum entry requirement (for Maths and English only).

In determining the entry requirements care was taken not to disadvantage those students who have already commenced the senior cycle and who intend sitting the Leaving Certificate examinations in 2018. [More]

For students applying for entry in 2018:

The Bachelor of Education (MI005/MI006) and the B.Ed. in Education and Psychology (MI008) at Mary Immaculate Limerick;

The Bachelor of Education programmes at DCU (includes St. Patrick's College Drumcondra and the Church of Ireland Centre) DC002 DC003 DC004;  

The Bachelor of Education at Marino Institute of Education CM001 CM002

The Bachelor of Education at Maynooth University MH001 MH002

The new entry requirements will be as follows:

2018

Gaeilge – Grade H5

English – Grade O5 or H7

Mathematics – Grade O6 or H7

For students applying for college in 2019 & 2020

Gailege - Grade H4

English - Grade O4 or H7

Mathematics - Grade O4 or H7

 

Read: Students who missed Primary Teaching due to Maths grade anomoly to get late course offer

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