Colleges of Education
In the Irish system, student teachers complete their initial teacher education in state-funded, religiously-run Colleges of Education, where a substantial amount of time is set aside for Religious Education and the study of either the Catholic or Church of Ireland religious instruction programmes. In most cases, graduates of these colleges leave with little or no knowledge of either Educate Together or the Learn Together curriculum.
As a result, principals and staff in Educate Together schools are placed under pressure to mentor newly-recruited teachers, setting time aside for discussion, analysis, exploration of resources, observation, planning, evaluation, etc. Educate Together is currently lobbying for sustained access to full-year groupings in all of the colleges.
At Educate Together's 2012 AGM, the following motion was passed: "That this AGM directs all Educate Together schools, when assessing applicants for teaching positions, to take into account whether applicants have completed one or more of the following: Educate Together courses and specific courses provided by the Educate Together national office in the Colleges of Education."
St. Patrick's College of Education
Approximately 350 - 400 students in each year
Ethical education is now addressed as a core subject in the BEd programme, where we have limited input.
We are delighted to be offering a postgraduate Certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education in partnership with St Patrick’s College of Education. This is the first course of its kind in the state and commenced in October 2012. In working towards this Certificate, participants critically reflect on important ethical issues and on the philosophies and values underlying their educational work.
Mary Immaculate College of Education
Approximately 400 students in each year.
Educate Together has substantial input into courses in Mary Immaculate College of Education - at present 62 hours.
Froebel College of Education
Approximately 60 students in each year.
We are responsible for a 24-hour third-year elective course on Educate Together and the Learn Together curriculum (approximately 15 students).
Church of Ireland College of Education
Approximately 30 students in each year.
Educate Together has a 10-hour input into a core BEd course delivered to the 3rd-year full-year grouping.
Marino Institute of Education
We have no direct input or involvement in courses being run in the state-funded Marino Institute of Education. We have repeatedly offered to co-ordinate courses or presentations.