Church of Ireland College of Education
|Church of Ireland College of Education|
|Coláiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann|
|Type||Church of Ireland|
|Principal||Dr. Anne Lodge|
|Location||Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland|
|Former names||The Kildare Place Training Institution, Church of Ireland College|
|Affiliations||University of Dublin|
The Church of Ireland College of Education or C.I.C.E. as it is more commonly known (Irish: Coláiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann) is one of five Irish Colleges of Education which provide a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree, the qualification generally required to teach in Irish primary schools. Its degrees are awarded by Trinity College/University of Dublin just like Coláiste Mhuire, Marino and Froebel College of Education. The college is located in Rathmines in Dublin.
The College also provides postgraduate courses in Learning Support and Special Educational Needs and a Certificate Course for Special Needs Assistants.
The history of The Church of Ireland College of Education dates from 1811 when a primary teacher training college known as The Kildare Place Training Institution was founded in Dublin by the Society for Promoting Education of the Poor in Ireland. In the 1850s this institution was taken over by the Church Education Society for the purpose of training Anglican teachers for church schools. This College was taken over in 1878 by the General Synod of the Church of Ireland and six years later became a recognised denominational college with the Archbishop of Dublin as ex-officio manager and Chairman of the Board of Governors. In 1884 under the guidance of Archbishop Plunket affiliated to the state national school system.
In the 1970s a Bachelor of Education degree was introduced and since then has been taught jointly by Trinity College, University of Dublin and The Church of Ireland College of Education. It is also the oldest teacher training establishment in Ireland. While, it holds the fewest students in comparison to the other colleges, it is renowned for its esteemed graduates.
The CICE course has a mandatory Religious element preparing teachers to teach in Protestant run primary schools. Student accommodation is also available on campus for both students of the college or of other colleges.
In 2011 the college celebrates its bicentenary, with a number of events celebrating the colleges contribution to education in Ireland.
2012 seen the announcements by the Minister of Education, Ruairi Quinn, regarding the reduction in the number of teacher training colleges, with a number of small colleges earmarked for closure or encouraged to merge with other institutions, as a result CICE has been in negotiation with Trinity College however disagreements have seen CICE enter into negotiations with Dublin City University who validate St Patrick's College, Dublin(Drumcondra) and Mater Dei(two Catholic Colleges) about accommodating the Church of Ireland ethos in Teacher Training, within a new Institution.
Principals of the College included:-
- Canon Henry Kingsmill Moore DD (1884-1927),
- Rev. Evelyn Hodges (1928 to 1942),
- Canon Ross,
- Dr. Kenneth Milne (1975-1984),
- Mr. Sydney Blain (1984-2009),
- Dr. Anne Lodge, B.Ed. NUI, M.Ed. Victoria University of Manchester, Ph.D. NUI, P.G.Dip. Stats TCD, Cert. in Ministry University of Chester (from 2009-Present). 
- Plunket, William Conyngham Oxford Dictionary of Biography, Oxford University Press.
- Church of Ireland College of Education (Ireland) - Colleges of the Anglican Communion
- Do teachers have religious freedom? Irish Times, Tuesday 30th November 2010.
- Church of Ireland College of Education Bicentenary Celebrations Dublin & Glendalough Diocese Webpage, April 2011
- Church and TCD in row over teacher training by Seán Flynn, Education Correspondent, Irish Times, Friday 7th December 2012.
- New Principal of the Church of Ireland College of Education dublin.anglican.org, July 2009.