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Church of Ireland College of Education

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 Marino Institute of Education and Froebel College of Education. The college was located in Rathmines in Dublin.

Church of Ireland College of Education
Coláiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann
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Former names
The Kildare Place Training Institution, Church of Ireland College
MottoPro Christo Discere Ac Docere
Motto in English
To learn and teach on behalf of Christ
TypeChurch of Ireland
PrincipalDr. Anne Lodge
Location, ,
AffiliationsUniversity of Dublin

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

On 1 October 2016, the college was incorporated into Dublin City University.


The history of The Church of Ireland College of Education dated 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. Following this, the board of governors, including the principal, Anne Lodge and the Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, ended the historic link with Trinity College, and entered into negotiations with Dublin City University where CICE was fully incorporated on 1 October 2016. [5] This proved incredibly controversial, and many people including former CICE governors and leading Church of Ireland members believed that the college was closed without adequate consultation from the archbishop and the principal.[6]

The current DCU Institute of Education comprises DCU's own Education Department, CICE, Mater Dei Institute and St Patrick's College, Dublin (Drumcondra).[7] The college's religious element is overseen within DCU by the Church of Ireland Centre (CIC) headed up by 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),
  • Anne Lodge (2009-2016)[8] - Final Principal

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