Froebel College of Education

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Froebel College of Education
Coláiste Oideachais Froebel
Froebel College of Education.jpg
Type Public
Established 1943 - 2013
President Marie McLoughlin
Students 250
Location Dublin, Ireland
Campus Suburban
Nickname Froebel
Affiliations CERC, University of Dublin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Froebel College of Education was one of five colleges in Ireland which is recognized by the Department of Education and Skills for the training and education of national school teachers. It was located at Sion Hill, Cross Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin and is run by the Dominican Order.

Froebel College, along with Coláiste Mhuire of Marino and the Church of Ireland College of Education Rathmines had been associated with Trinity College, Dublin, which both awarded the degree of Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) and the Higher Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching). The College also ran a BA degree in Early Childhood - Teaching and Learning (NUIM) and a one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Special Education (NUIM). From September 2010, incoming students of Froebel College were being accredited by National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM).


Freidrich Froebel, who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He created the concept of the "kindergarten" and also coined the word now used in German and English. He also developed the educational toys known as Froebel Gifts.

The college was established in 1943 by the Congregation of Dominican Sisters Sion Hill, who also ran the St Catherine's College of Education for Home Economics from 1929 to 2007, in Sion Hill, Blackrock. The 1970s saw the college's qualifications attain B.Ed. status, when Froebel had its degrees accredited by the University of Dublin. In 2008 a refurbishment of the buildings in Blackrock was completed. In April 2010 plans for Froebel College to move to NUI Maynooth were announced.[1] In October 2016 Froebel College moved to a new permanent home, a purpose built facility on the Maynooth University campus.

Froebel Education is associated with progressive child-centred education. It seeks to foster quality teaching and learning, creativity, integration and sound practical classroom management in whatever situations teachers work with children.


Froebel College of Education took its name from the 19th-century German educator, and founder of Kindergarten, Friedrich Fröbel (1782 - 1852). He advocated reverence for the child, learning through activity, exploration of the environment, enjoyment of beauty in all its manifestations and acceptance of the gifts of each individual.

Move to NUI Maynooth[edit]

From September 2013, the Froebel College of Education course is now situated at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. NUI Maynooth established a "Froebel Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education" and is the first Irish university campus to offer a full-time B.Ed degree course to enable students to qualify as primary teachers.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Dublin Froebel College merges into Nat University Irish Catholic, 29 April 2010.
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  4. ^ The Irish Times, 22 April 2010

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Coordinates: 53°18′05″N 6°11′21″W / 53.301286°N 6.189203°W / 53.301286; -6.189203