Teacher Education

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Initial Teacher Preparation (ITP) programmes in NIE prepare you for a career as a teacher. The programme develops student teachers’ knowledge and skills required of teachers to competently meet the demands and challenges of a dynamic teaching career. Each of the below programmes builds specific knowledge and skills for teaching at the primary or secondary level.

The ITP programmes offered at NIE are:

Bachelor of Arts (Ed)
Bachelor of Science (Ed)

The NIE Undergraduate programmes provide the academic and professional development for undergraduates to become effective beginning teachers in schools. Our Undergraduate programmes are

  • Bachelor of Arts (Education) (BA[Ed]) (full-time)
  • Bachelor of Science (Education) (BSc[Ed]) (full-time)


The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes aim to prepare university graduates to become primary, secondary school and junior college teachers. Student teachers in the PGDE (Primary) and PGDE (Secondary) tracks will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach two school subjects (or one in the case of single-subject specialists).

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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)


There are a variety of initial teacher preparation programmes offered by NIE that will lead to Diplomas for candidates who will be teaching in primary or secondary schools. There are two versions of the Diploma in Education programmes: the General and the Specialisation tracks.