Institutions of Education around Ireland will be accepting applications shortly for the Professional Master in Education (PME - Primary Teaching) due to commence in September 2020. As part of the entry process, applicants will be required to take the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Irish-language oral examination. Applicants must achieve 65% or higher in this oral examination to satisfy entry requirements. Further information and sample exam papers are available below.
A. Examination guidelines
B. Sample Exam 1 and Sample Exam 2
C. Chief Examiner's Report
Exam Dates: 24 January 2020
25 January 2020
7 February 2020
8 February 2020
The online TEG application system for PME candidates will open in November.
Examination venue: Maynooth University and in other centres nationwide (Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny), subject to demand
Examination fee: €100
Application Deadline: 5pm, 3 January 2020.
Frequently asked questions
Which institutions of education will be using TEG Intermediate 1 (B1) as a competency language exam for the PME?
- DCU Institute of Education
- Froebel Department, Maynooth University
- Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
- Marino Institute of Education
Do I have to take the full TEG exam?
No, candidates are only required to take the oral exam in this instance
I have a degree in Irish. Do I have to do this exam?
Yes, everybody who applies for the PME (Primary Education) must take this oral exam.
I passed a TEG exam last year. Will this be accepted?
The following TEG certificates from 2018 or 2019 will be accepted:
- TEG Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) with a mark of 65% or higher,
- a pass or higher at TEG Meánleibhéal 2 (B2),
- or a pass or higher at TEG Ardleibhéal 1 (C1)
If you have a TEG certificate which meets these criteria, you can upload this to the PAC/Maestro* application system along with your transcripts and other certificates as part of your application to the programme.
Will exams take place in each centre on the list?
This is subject to demand. A minimum number of candidates is required for an exam to take place. Candidates are asked to choose two centres on the TEG application form. You will receive all relevant information about the TEG exam ten days before the exam.
What happens on the day of the exam?
We encourage you to read the above exam guidelines carefully.
What happens after the exam?
You will receive your results by email during the week of the 9 March.
If you achieve over 65% in the exam, you must upload a copy of the TEG result to the PAC/Maestro* system, as part of your PME application. The relevant institution of education will be in touch with you in due course.
If you are not successful in the exam, you will have until the 16 March 2020 to appeal your result with the TEG office and your exam will be re-assessed. This will cost €65. Candidates will be informed of their final result via email. Finalised marks will be issued on the 23 March 2020. If your mark is changed, and if it is decided to award you 65%, you can then upload a copy of the result to the PAC/Maestro* system as part of your application. The relevant institution of education will be in contact in due course.
If I pass the oral exam will I get a TEG certificate?
Should you achieve 50% or higher in the oral exam, you will receive a Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge certificate (Partial Certification) which will show that you have achieved Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) in spoken Irish. Please note that you must achieve 65% or higher to be eligible to move forward in the admissions process for the PME.
Will the exam fee be refunded if I am successful in the exam?
No. The exam fee is non-refundable.
If you have any queries about the TEG exam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 708 6417.
If you have any queries about the PME programme, you should make direct contact with the relevant institution:
DCU Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. email@example.com 01-8842212
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University firstname.lastname@example.org 01-4747400
Anne-Marie Hannon, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd, Limerick. email@example.com 061-204929
Eimear Breathnach, Admissions Officer, Institute of Education, Marino, Dublin 9. firstname.lastname@example.org 01-8057742