Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome earlier date for Round One CAO offers

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. have today (15 February, 2019) welcomed confirmation that Round One offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) will be issued this year on the earlier date of Thursday, 15 August 2019.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor to address Future Skills Needs and Gender Equality in Higher Education at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. Minister of State for Higher Education will attend the seventh edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (10th and 11th February), to participate in the Advanced Skills Global Policy Platform.

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor allocate €23 million in funding under the new Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today announced that 22 projects across 23 educational institutions have been awarded a total of €23 million under the new Innovation and Transformation Fund.

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Deferral of introduction of new minimum entry requirements for Primary Initial Teacher Education students starting a Professional Master of Education

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today announced that changes to the minimum entry requirements for the Professional Master of Education (PME) for primary teaching will come in to place in September 2020.

This deferral is for students who have commenced an undergraduate degree (as distinct from a Bachelor of Education degree) and are planning to apply for the Professional Master of Education (PME) for entry in September 2019.

This deferral will apply to students who have commenced an undergraduate degree (as distinct from a Bachelor of Education degree) and are planning to apply for the Professional Masters of Education (PME) for entry in September 2019.

Minister McHugh said: “The new minimum entry requirements are the appropriate standards but the original timing of their introduction may have caused difficulties for some students planning for a PME as a way to launch themselves into a primary teaching career.

“We are giving those students time and clarity on the new requirements. It is the right thing to do.

“The deferral means we are allowing students the opportunity to make arrangements to ensure they have the necessary entry requirements.

“The new requirements were approved following detailed consultation and it is important that they remain as the new higher standards. They are designed to maintain the integrity of Initial Teacher Education and to support quality teaching and learning in primary schools.

“Having relatively high minimum entry requirements in core subject areas of Irish, English and Mathematics is key to ensuring quality teaching and learning in primary schools.”

Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. said: “I am glad that the revised requirements for Professional Master of Education (PME) for primary teaching will come into place for September 2020.

“We have listened to concerns of students and taken the right action.

“We are giving certainty to students who are already studying an undergraduate degree (as distinct from a Bachelor of Education degree) and are thinking about applying for the Professional Masters of Education.

“We want to attract as many highly educated and bright people as possible to teaching and this change helps that cause.

“This post-graduate programme provides a valuable route of entry to primary school teaching for students from a wide range of disciplines. This variety of backgrounds in students’ undergraduate degrees contributes to the rich diversity of skills and talents among our teachers, which is of great benefit to the children in our classrooms.”

All applicants wishing to apply for Primary ITE programmes must meet the specific minimum entry requirements in Maths, English and Irish for entry to these programmes.
In October 2017, changes to the minimum entry requirements both for students entering the Bachelor of Education undergraduate programme and for students entering primary ITE through the PME were announced. These changes continue to apply from September 2019 for students planning on entering the Bachelor of Education who will still have to meet these new requirements. The announcement today relates only to students entering the PME.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches innovative Online Bystander Intervention Programme at University College Cork

The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (28th January 2019) launched the Online Bystander Intervention Programme at University College Cork. The programme was developed by Dr Louise Crowley in the School of Law, UCC.

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Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching.

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Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor welcomes record number of enrolments in Higher Education Institutions in 2017

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed today’s release of key statistics from the Higher Education Sector in ‘Higher Education: Key Facts and Figures’ by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor appoints mediator for the English Language Education Sector

The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., has today appointed the former General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI), Mr Patrick King, to work with relevant stakeholders to explore the potential to address some of the employment related issues that have arisen in the English language education sector.

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