Becoming a Primary School Teacher with Hibernia College:

New Graduate

Entry Route to Primary Teaching for Graduates

Another option for graduates is the Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education from Hibernia College. This 18 month long course has been running since 2004 and is fully recognised by HETAC and the Department of Education and Science.

Admission is by interview, half of which is conducted through Irish, and there are normally two intakes per year, in February and October.

To qualify for Hibernia

Minimum entry requirements include:

  • A primary degree (National Framework of Qualifications Level 8 or equivalent)
  • Minimum grade C3 (higher level) in Leaving Cert Irish
  • Minimum grade D3 (ordinary or higher level) in Leaving Cert Mathematics
  • Minimum grade C3 (ordinary level) or grade D3 (higher level) in Leaving Cert English

The course is delivered using a blend of online and face to face tuition. Approximately 45% of the programme is delivered online in the form of two hours of online tutorials and approximately 12 hours of online on demand lectures and self study each week. The remainder of the programme is delivered onsite in various locations as follows:

  • Onsite lectures: 2 Saturdays per month in local education centres nationwide
  • Teaching practice: 14 weeks broken into blocks of 4, 5 and 5 weeks in a local school
  • Irish: 3 weeks in the Gaeltacht in Cornamona, Co. Galway
  • Physical education: 1 week and 1 weekend onsite
  • Religious education: 1 day in NUI Maynooth.