Academic calibre of trainee teachers dips, report finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The academic calibre of trainee teachers has dipped at a time of controversy over two-tier pay rates and falling numbers of applications to the profession, according to an unpublished report. A review of teacher education reforms commissioned by the Higher Education Authority notes that primary teaching applicants were drawn from the top 12.5% of Leaving Cert students in 2011 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Teacher shortage drives big demand for college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2018 by steve

“Demand for post-primary teacher training courses has bounced even higher since the initial deadline for making CAO college choices in February. Relentless headlines about shortages for key subjects, including maths, Irish, home economics and foreign languages, have clearly fuelled even more interest in a career as a post-primary teacher …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 July]

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Ministerial order on primary school teacher training to be renewed

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education intends to renew an order which allows for separate entry routes into primary school teacher training depending on the religion of the applicant. An existing ministerial order, which runs out at the end of August, allows Protestants apply for teacher training at the country’s largest teacher training facility at DCU through a separate mechanism, which has a lower CAO points requirement, as well as a lower Leaving Certificate results threshold …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 June]

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‘Colleges need extra funding to train more teachers’

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2018 by steve

“Third-level colleges will not be able to train more teachers to address shortages in key subjects unless the Government provides more funding, the Oireachtas Education Committee has been warned. Dublin City University (DCU) plans to run a new post-primary teacher training programme for Irish and modern languages, but now it is worried about having the necessary money for lecturers, classrooms, library spaces and support staff …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 April]

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Universities resist quotas on teacher-training courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are resisting plans by Minister for Education Richard Bruton to introduce quotas on the number of teachers they train in specific subjects. As part of a series of measures to boost the supply of teachers in key subjects such as science, maths and languages, Mr Bruton has announced plans to introduce subject quotas for postgraduate teacher education programmes at second level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 February]

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DCU incorporation reaches official completion

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The DCU Incorporation Programme was finalised at the end of September, officially joining DCU, St Patricks College, Mater Dei and CICE as one legal entity …” (more)

[The College View, 26 October]

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New DCU, old discrimination

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The newly formed DCU Institute of Education caused controversy only days into its existence. The faculty has been formed following the full incorporation of three educational institutes into the university, namely St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, The College View, 27 August]

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Different points to enter Teacher Training College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ revealed that DCU’s newly formed Teacher Training course, which amalgamated 3 previous colleges of education into its campus, has two separate CAO entry points. In order to get their Bachelor of Education degree, there is the normal route for everyone, which requires 465 points. However, according to their current Prospectus, there is also a ‘restricted entry’ version of the degree …” (more)

[, 23 August]

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Religion a factor in teacher and nursing training

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The dominance of the churches in primary education here has led to an unusual situation at Dublin City University, writes RTÉ Education Correspondent Emma O Kelly. This year sees the full incorporation into DCU of three former colleges of education – the Catholic St Patrick’s and Mater Dei …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 August]

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What will DCU Incorporation mean for the University?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The DCU Incorporation Programme is the planned coming together of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and Church of Ireland College of Education with Dublin City University – the New DCU …” (more, video)

[Dublin City University, YouTube, 28 January]

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Problems with maths

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – About 12 years ago, when I was course director of Trinity College Dublin’s management science and information systems studies (MSISS) degree, I was approached by three final-year students who were interested in becoming maths teachers …” (more)

[Frank Bannister, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Aspirations alone won’t improve teacher training

Posted in Teaching on November 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Initial teacher education in Ireland is a hot topic. In these pages recently, Prof Jim Gleeson made some pertinent points about reform efforts in his opinion piece. In the first instance, the rigour Gleeson advocates, and the necessary synergy between theory and practice he espouses, requires a partnership between university departments of education and schools …” (more)

[Ciaran Sugrue, Irish Times, 17 November]


Limerick college to teach teaching in Thurles

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s largest teacher-training colleges is to take up a role in educating second-level teachers as it takes over St Patrick’s College in Thurles as a satellite campus.The transfer to become part of Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick is to be finalised in the coming months …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 September]

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DCU to merge with St Pat’s

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“All students to be registered as DCU students by 2016. St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and Church of Ireland College of Education are set to merge with Dublin City University (DCU) in the coming academic year in the first iteration of DCU Incorporation …” (more)

[Bryan Grogan,, 9 February]

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Student teachers say Gaeltacht placement is ‘unregulated waste of money’

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Students training to become Primary School teachers have started a campaign for a reform of the Gaeltacht placement which is setting them back more than €1,500 and does not, they say, help improve their Irish skills …” (more)

[, 17 September]

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New teaching institute sparks religious row

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“A row is brewing over plans for a new multidenominational Institute of Education at Dublin City University, which will train Catholic and Protestant teachers together for the first time …” (more)

[Sarah Mac Donald, Independent, 30 June]

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Quinn advises teachers to study RE to boost their job prospects

Posted in Teaching on June 21st, 2014 by steve

“Teachers seeking to maximise their job prospects would be advised to study religious education, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said at the announcement of a major reform in teacher training …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, June 21]

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New DCU Institute to transform Irish educational landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD has today launched a report outlining the vision and structure of a ground-breaking new Institute of Education which will improve the quality of education for all the children of Ireland …” (more)

[Dublin City University, 20 June]

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Merger of Catholic and Protestant Colleges of Education may be finalised by 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2014 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) is committed to protecting the ethos and identity of those Catholic and Protestant Colleges which are to become the Institute of Education in Drumcondra under its control …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 9 May]

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University teachers concerned about DCU merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“DCU’s merging process with Mater Dei and St Patrick’s College has taken a hit after the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) expressed their concerns about the plans …” (more)

[Michael Shiels McNamee, The College View, 30 April]

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