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Are you a student with a learning difficulty or a disability?

MIE welcomes applications from prospective students with disabilities and endeavour to assist all students to realise their potential as professional educators by offering a range of supports, including reasonable accommodations. In supporting the participation of students with disabilities in programmes that confer eligibility to practice as a teacher, the institute strive to balance principles of inclusiveness with the high standards and duty of care required of educators of children and young people.


Students who require particular supports or reasonable accommodations due to a disability or specific learning difficulty; should notify MIE of these requirements in advance of admission to the institute. Disclosure of a disability or specific learning difficulty will not adversely affect your application in any way.

MIE as a Disability Service which provides advice and support to students with disabilities. Support available to students with disabilities includes: 

  • Needs assessment on entry to determining any additional learning requirements
  • Assistive technology training and support
  • Pre-placement planning and support
  • Liaison with your tutors/lecturers to help arrange accessible programme materials
  • Extended library loans
  • UNILINK is a practical occupational therapy service for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties, or have a physical disability of significant ongoing illness.
  • Students with a disability should apply to the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) website.
  • A limited number of on-campus student accommodation bedrooms are reserved for first year undergraduate students who are eligible for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme and who have accepted an offer of a place on a programme here in Marino Institute of Education.

DARE and HEAR admission policy

MIE is part of the DARE/HEAR national alternative admissions scheme. DARE and HEAR is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places at reduced points to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or to students who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. Successful DARE and HEAR applicants receive pastoral and academic support throughout the academic programme from Marino Institute of Education. HEAR applicants are also eligible for financial support.

Allocation of DARE and HEAR and Mature Places in MIE

MIE reserves a total of 15% of places on undergraduate courses for students on alternative admissions schemes. These places are allocated to students with disabilities (DARE), students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds (HEAR), and Mature students. Offers are evenly distributed amongst all eligible applicants. Applicants should not that DARE and HEAR eligibility provides an opportunity to compete for such places; it does not guarantee or entitle them to an offer of a place on reduced points. 

Students who are eligible for DARE and HEAR offer must still:

a) meet the matriculation/admission requirements

AND

b) meet any subject specific requirements for their chosen course, where applicable. 

A reduction of 10% of the points required for each course is granted to DARE and HEAR eligible students.

Prioritising DARE Places:

In recognition of national and university targets to increase the number of student with sensory and physical disabilities, DARE offers will be made first to eligible applicants with sensory and physical disabilities, and remaining places offered to all other students with disabilities who are eligible. When allocating DARE places the target groups named above are prioritised and the remaining places are offered to all other students with disabilities with the highest points within the threshold (points for the course in round 1, and minimum points based on percentage reduction).

Prioritisation of DARE/HEAR eligible places:

Applicants jointly eligible for DARE and HEAR who meet M.I.E. admissions requirements will be offered reduced points places ahead of other eligible candidates.

Condition of a DARE Offer:

Students who receive a DARE offer must register with the Disability Service and agree on a schedule of meetings with the Disability Service. For further information please contact the Access Officer on 01 8057742 or email: access@mie.ie