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PME Entry Requirements and Procedure 2019

Applications have now closed for 2019 entry. Interviews will be held on 1st May. All candidates will be given their interview results on Wednesday 12 June. Please refer to our 'Frequently Asked Questions' if you have any further queries.

In October 2017, the then Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced changes to the minimum entry requirements for the PME for 2019 entry. However, on 30th January 2019, the Department of Education and Skills announced that the introduction of the new minimum entry requirements for PME applicants would be deferred from 2019 to 2020. This means that the minimum entry requirements for the course are now as follow: 

Year of College Entry

 2019 entry

 

 2020 onwards

 

Subject

Grade

%

Grade

%

Irish

H5

50<60

H4

60<70

English

O5

50<60

O4

60<70

or

or

or

or

H7

30<40

H7

30<40

Maths

O6

40<50

O4

60<70

or

or

or

or

H7

30<40

H7

30<40

In addition to the requirements outlined above, students must also have a 2.2 result or higher in a Level 8 honours degree.

The press release can be viewed here

The Department of Education and Skills Requirements for Entry 2019 is available to view here.


Change to Entry Process for 2019

Applicants who wish to apply to the PME will be required to take the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish Examination. Full details on this exam are available online at: http://www.teg.ie/about-exams/teg-pme-primary-teaching.860.html

For Marino Institute of Education guidelines for the TEG Level B1 Oral Irish Examination please see here.

A minimum of 65% must be obtained in the TEG B1 exam to be eligible to apply for the PME. Evidence of this result must be included at the time of submitting an online application, the closing date for which is 5.00pm 25th March. We regret that we are unable to accept applications where the TEG B1 Irish Oral result is pending.

This examination will take place in Maynooth University and other locations subject to demand on 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th February. An additional examination is now scheduled to take place on 2nd March, and TEG will re-open the online application system on Monday 18th February until Friday 22nd February for applications. Full details on this examination, and information on how to apply, are available online at: http://www.teg.ie/about-exams/teg-pme-primary-teaching.860.html

Applicants who are successful in TEG and who meet all other entry requirements will be required to take a general interview as part of the entrance process, with up to 100 marks being awarded based on the applicant’s performance in the interview. Additional marks will be awarded to applicants who complete the TEG Oral Examination at a high level, as outlined on the table below:

Exam

Grade

Extra No. of Marks Awarded

TEG B1 Irish Oral

65% to 79%

None

80% to 89%

5

90% to 100%

10

TEG B2/C1 Irish Oral

50% or over

10

The marks for the TEG B2/C1/C2 can only be added to the scores of candidates who have completed the higher level of TEG prior to the closing date for applications.