A report on the restructuring of Teacher Education in Ireland, which was published on Wednesday, September 5, has recommended that St. Patrick’s College discontinues its role as a provider of Teacher Education.
The college, which has just registered 79 new student teachers, is awaiting further details from the Higher Education Authority who are currently working on an implementation plan.
President of the College, Fr. Tom Fogarty has stated that this report contains recommendations in relation to the restructuring of Initial Teacher Education and has stressed that the college is fully committed to ensuring that all students will continue their studies in St. Patrick’s College.
All programmes in St. Patrick’s College are, and will continue to be, accredited by the University of Limerick which is the proposed Centre of Excellence for Initial Teacher Education. Students from St. Patrick’s College will continue to receive their final award from the University of Limerick.
With a record intake this year, the college now has two hundred and sixty five full-time students and is the only provider of university level education in the region.
As such the College plays a central role in the economic sustainability of both Thurles and North Tipperary.
St. Patrick’s College is very proud of its tradition as a provider of third level education in Tipperary, spanning 175 years. The Board of Governors will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the continuance of teacher education in St. Patrick’s College.