SNMCI Welcomes Teaching Council Consultation

Ian McKenna, Director of Saint Nicholas Montessori College of Ireland (SNMCI) welcomes the consultation process recently launched by The Teaching Council.

The consultation arises from the recent revision of the Registration Regulation (SI 444 of 2016) which provides that, under Route 4, Graduates with a Level 8 Montessori qualification who commence their studies with SNMCI on or before 1st October 2018, may continue to register with The Council.  While it is regrettable that the new regulation sets this time limit for recognising its qualification for the purposes of teaching in Special Needs settings, clarity on continued eligibility to register with The Teaching Council is important.  It is also assuring that The Council has sought to engage in an open manner with professionals around the country in order to see how Montessori may be accommodated within the primary system.

Ian McKenna stated:

“Since 2014, I have been engaging with the Council seeking the retention of the ‘restricted recognition’ in the context of the revision of the regulations.  Reluctantly, I have accepted that the current recognition status enjoyed by the SNMCI Level 8 will effectively cease within the next few years.”

He continued:

“Earlier this month, a delegation of students and academic staff from SNMCI met with the representatives of the Council and gave voice to the value of Montessori pedagogy within the primary system.  It was a positive engagement and one which strengthened understanding by both parties.  The challenge for SNMCI is to rework its Level 8 programme to ensure it meets the Council’s initial teacher education policy.  This is now our focus.

The meetings hosted by The Teaching Council will further promote the value of Montessori and for this reason, it is important for all to attend and have their voice heard”.

SNMCI is the only higher education institution affected by this revision of the Registration Regulations.  It is important that school leavers on 2017 and 2018 interested in pursuing the Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Montessori Education can be assured that on successful completion of the programme, they will be eligible to register with The Teaching Council.

Those wishing to attend the consultation should register with their interest on The Teaching Council’s website.  The schedule of the meetings is as follows:

26 October        Mill Park Hotel, Donegal
10 November    The Connacht Hotel, Galway
15 November    Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
17 November    Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork
22 November   Clayton White’s Hotel, Wexford
30 November   Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, IFSC, Dublin

Date published: 25 October 2016

Revised Process for Duplicate Transcripts

Revised Process for Duplicate Transcripts

Arising from a review of key processes, a fee of €20 will be charged for the provision of duplicate transcripts with immediate effect.

This fee (which should be submitted in cheque or bank draft format) must accompany the Duplicate Transcript form, which can be downloaded here.

Requests for Duplicate Transcripts should be sent to:

Examinations Office,
Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland,
16 Adelaide Street,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co Dublin.


An academic transcript of results provides students with a comprehensive history of all examination results and the overall award classification obtained for a particular programme studied at SNMCI.

Transcripts are issued at the end of each academic year. The Examinations Office is responsible for their issue to all students. Transcripts are important documents and all students should ensure that they are retained safely for future reference such as job applications, visa applications, college applications etc. It is a student’s responsibility to ensure that they have received their results.

The Examinations Office will process each request within a minimum of 10 days. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that transcripts which require research from older records (i.e. between 1997 and 2003) may take longer to process.

Students should note that the provision of transcripts may be delayed during examination processing periods due to the exceptional workloads during these times. While every effort is made to respond to requests within 10 days, it is not always possible to achieve this during January/ February and May/June of each academic session.

Date Published: 13 January 2015