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Bachelor in Education Through the Medium of Irish (Primary Teaching)

New cohort of students beginning in September 2023

CAO Entry points in 2022:

CM003: 535 (including the 40 points from the required TEG Level B1 Exam), 513 points in 2021.

CM004*: 495 (including the 40 points from the required TEG Level B1 Exam) *for Gaeltacht Applicants*, 463 points in 2021.

If you are interested in Irish and in teaching through the medium of Irish, this is the degree for you!

MIE’s innovative teaching & learning environments and our dedication to the Irish language will ensure that you will take with you a passion for teaching, for the Irish language and for its culture.

The Student Experience

Benefits and Opportunities include:

*A Gaeltacht applicant or a student from the Gaeltacht must be a resident of an official Gaeltacht area in order to apply for the Accommodation Scheme. There is no guarantee that students who apply for the Scheme will qualify for the discount under the scheme as spaces are limited.

Specific Entry Requirements
  • H3 in Irish
  • *TEG Level B1 Qualification (Pass 50%) or higher required.


Important Dates:

  • TEG Examinations on Saturday, 18 February, 2023: www.teg.ie/oid
  • Information and Preparation Session in Marino for TEG Examinations, 7 January, 2023
  • TEG examination results must be sent to admissions@mie.iebefore Friday, 28 April, 2023

Applicants who undertake the TEG examinations in February 2023 or applicants who have completed the TEG exam already, must email a certified copy of their results to: admissions@mie.ie before Friday, 28 April 2023. Applicants can forward the email they receive from TEG with their results, to: admissions@mie.ie.  When applicants email their TEG results to admissions@mie.ie, they must include the following information: 

  • Their CAO number
  • Their name is it appears on the CAO
  • The code of the course they are applying for (ex: CM003/CM004)

More information about the degree is available here:


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What is the Bachelor in Education Through the Medium of Irish (Primary Teaching)?

The Bachelor in Education Through the Medium of Irish (Primary Teaching) degree suits in particular, students who wish to teach through the medium of Irish but graduates of the degree will also be entitled to apply for teaching positions in English medium schools. There is a dire need for teachers in Gaeltacht and All-Irish schools and a teaching qualification through the medium of Irish is what students who wish to work in these schools need. In this four-year degree, students will learn about Immersion Education, discover how children learn languages, the way they learn to read write, count and calculate. Students will learn how to help children discover the Arts, about the importance of Irish culture, the magic and mysteries surrounding them and the ways in which they can grow and develop in a healthy way.

What will I study?

As part of the undergraduate course you will study how children learn, what factors influence their learning and how our understanding of this has changed over time. You will study Immersion Education, Early Childhood Education, and Psychology and Sociology. You will Advance your own knowledge of the Irish language as well as the advantages of teaching primary school curriculum subjects through the medium of Irish. You will also study for a certificate in Catholic Religious Education to prepare for teaching in schools under the patronage of the Catholic Church and/or a certificate in Multi-belief and Ethical curricula in Diverse School Contexts. 


School Placement

You will complete your School Placement through the medium of Irish only during the four years of the Bachelor in Education Through the Medium of Irish (Primary Teaching). You will have an opportunity to experience a range of different All-Irish language school contexts. All of these School Placements could be in Gaeltacht schools or All-Irish language setting. You will an opportunity to work in schools across the country in urban and rural schools, single sex and co-educational schools, multi-grade and single class situations and DEIS schools.  As part of Special Education in your second year, you will complete your School Placement in an All-Irish education setting. 


As part of the Bachelor in Education through the Medium of Irish (Primary Teaching), every student must complete a two-week Gaeltacht placement at Easter in First and Second Year of their degree. There are no fees for this period spent in the Gaeltacht. In third year, you must spend a week in the Gaeltacht completing various modules of the degree. In the fourth year of the degree for the final School Placement (ten weeks), students will complete this placement working in Gaeltacht schools. Marino Institute of Education will cover the travel and food costs associated with this final placement. 

Download the Official Syllabi for the Gaeltacht Learning Periods here.

Download Support Materials 1 and Support Materials 2 for the Gaeltacht Learning Period here.


What are my options as a teacher?

This degree  suits in particular, students who wish to teach in who wish to teach through the medium of Irish in All-Irish and Gaeltacht school but graduates of the degree will also be entitled to apply for teaching positions in English medium schools. Graduates may also choose to work in the Irish language media industry as well. 

“I always had an interest in the Irish language and as a teacher I would like to teach through the medium of Irish. I love that the entire course is through Irish. It’s amazing that we will spend ten weeks of School Placement in the Gaeltacht in our fourth year and that the Institute will pay for that.”


General Information:

CAO Code: CM003/(CM004 – second option for Gaeltacht applicants)

Duration of the course: 4 Years Full-time

Award Level: 8, in accordance with the National Framework of Qualifications

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS): 240 credits

Awarding Body: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland

Minimum entry requirements for the Baitsiléir san Oideachas Trí Mheán na Gaeilge 2023/2024:

Leaving Certificate

Number of Leaving Certificate Subjects: 6

Minimum subjects at higher level: 3 (minimum H5 but see below for specific requirements for Irish, English and Mathematics)

Specific Minimum Grades:   

Irish: H3 (and TEG*: B1 qualification)

English: H7 / O4         

Mathematics: H7 / O4

*TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) Level B1 (pass 50%) required. The TEG Examinations will take place on 18 February 2023. Marino Institute of Education will reimburse successful students TEG fee who register for the course. For more information,see www.teg.ie/oid

Mature applicants must apply through the CAO by 5.15pm on 1 February. A mature student must be 23 years or over on 1 January in the year of intended entry. In mid-March, the MIE Admissions Office will email all mature applicants informing them if they meet the entry requirements. Any applicant who meets the entry requirements will be asked to complete a ‘Mature Student Supplementary Application Form (for the Baitsiléir san Oideachas Trí Mheán na Gaeilge)’ and return it directly to the Admissions Officer, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin D09 R232. The closing date for return of application forms will be 1 March 2023. Eligible applicants will be called for an interview and Oral Irish test. For queries regarding mature entry, please email admissions@mie.ie