Initial Teacher Education

Initial teacher education encompasses undergraduate (Bachelor in Education) and postgraduate (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) courses in higher education that lead to a qualification to teach.

The Department has responsibility for the administration and funding of initial teacher education in Northern Ireland.

The Department appoints governors to the Boards of Governors of both St Mary’s University College and Stranmillis University College.

The policy relating to delivery and content of teacher education, including initial teacher education, is the responsibility of the Department of Education. The Department of Education also determines student intake allocations to the higher education institutions in Northern Ireland.

Courses in initial teacher education are provided at:

For more information on courses of initial teacher education, please visit the Department of Education website.

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