Church of Ireland College of Education

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Church of Ireland College of Education
Coláiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann
Church of Ireland College of Education Logo.jpg
Former names
The Kildare Place Training Institution, Church of Ireland College
Motto Pro Christo Discere Ac Docere (To learn and teach on behalf of Christ)
Type Church of Ireland
Established 1811
Principal Dr. Anne Lodge
Location Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
Affiliations University of Dublin

The Church of Ireland College of Education or C.I.C.E. as it was more commonly known (Irish: Coláiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann) was one of five Irish Colleges of Education which provided a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree, the qualification generally required to teach in Irish primary schools. Its degrees were awarded by Trinity College/University of Dublin just like Coláiste Mhuire, Marino and Froebel College of Education. The college was located in Rathmines in Dublin.

The College also provided postgraduate courses in Learning Support and Special Educational Needs and a Certificate Course for Special Needs Assistants.

As of October 1st 2016 the college has been incorporated into Dublin City University.


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.[1]

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.[2]

The CICE course had a mandatory religious element preparing teachers to teach in Protestant run primary schools.[3] Student accommodation was also available on campus for both students of the college or of other colleges.

In 2011 the college celebrated its bicentenary, with a number of events celebrating the college's contribution to education in Ireland.[4]

2012 saw 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 embarked on negotiations with Trinity College which proved fruitless which led CICE to enter into negotiations with Dublin City University where it was fuly incorporated on October 1st 2016. The new DCU Institute of Education comprises DCU's own Education Dept, CICE, Mater Dei Institute and St Patrick's College, Dublin(Drumcondra).[5] The college's religious element is overseen within DCU by the new Church of Ireland Centre (CIC) headed up by the Rev. Prof. Dr. Anne Lodge, the final Principal of CICE.


Principals of the College included:-

  • Canon Henry Kingsmill Moore DD (1884-1927) - First Principal
  • Rev. Evelyn Hodges (1928 to 1942),
  • Canon R.J. Ross, MA.
  • 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, M.Th. C.I.T.I.[6] - Final Principal

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Plunket, William Conyngham Oxford Dictionary of Biography, Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Church of Ireland College of Education (Ireland) - Colleges of the Anglican Communion
  3. ^ Do teachers have religious freedom? Irish Times, Tuesday 30 November 2010.
  4. ^ Church of Ireland College of Education Bicentenary Celebrations Dublin & Glendalough Diocese Webpage, April 2011
  5. ^ Church and TCD in row over teacher training by Seán Flynn, Education Correspondent, Irish Times, Friday 7 December 2012.
  6. ^ New Principal of the Church of Ireland College of Education, July 2009.

Coordinates: 53°19′07″N 6°15′41″W / 53.318538°N 6.261322°W / 53.318538; -6.261322