Initial Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education in Northern Ireland

Recognition as a teacher in Northern Ireland can be achieved through two different qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education degree course (BEd)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

In Northern Ireland courses of Initial Teacher Education are provided by:

  • St Mary’s University College
  • Stranmillis University College
  • The Graduate School of Education at Queen’s University (PGCE only)
  • University of Ulster (PGCE only)

Initial Teacher Education courses offered at St Mary’s are:

  • BEd (Hons) Primary
  • BEd (Hons) Post-Primary
  • PGCE (Irish Medium Education) Primary

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