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Teaching Transforms. Shape the Future.

Last updated: 12 March 2019
Published: 28 November 2018
From: Department of Education and Skills

I’m filling out my CAO – Undergraduate Options

How/where can I study to become a teacher?

Studying to become a teacher is known as initial teacher education (ITE).

You can study to be a teacher either by doing an undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate Professional Master of Education (PME).

Applications for undergraduate ITE courses can be made through the Central Applications Office - CAO.

A full list of accredited ITE programmes can be found here.

Primary Teaching - Minimum Entry Requirements

There are, minimum requirements in mathematics, English and Irish at Leaving Certificate. A full breakdown of the requirements can be found here.

I’m thinking of studying to become a teacher – Post-Graduate Options

How/where can I study to become a Primary teacher?

If you already have a degree and want to be a primary teacher you can do a two-year Professional Master of Education (PME) (Primary Teaching) programme. A full list of accredited ITE programmes can be found here.

Minimum requirements in mathematics, English and Irish at Leaving Cert. level are required for primary teaching.

The procedures for application to Dublin City University, Mary Immaculate College (Limerick), Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education (Maynooth University), and Marino Institute of Education, Dublin and the entry requirements can be found here.

Applications to Hibernia College can be made at www.hiberniacollege.ie .

How/where can I study to become a Post-Primary teacher?

In order to apply for post-primary teaching at postgraduate level you should have studied at degree-level at least one subject from the post-primary schools’ curriculum, which you can find here.

After the degree, you will need to complete a postgraduate Master of Education (PME). A full list of accredited PME programmes can be found here.

The Teaching Council provides details of the individual subject requirements (subject criteria) for all post-primary curricular subjects.

Applications for the post primary PME:

Dublin City University and universities of the NUI (Maynooth University, NUI Galway, University College Cork and University College Dublin) PAC

Other universities and colleges:

Trinity College, Dublin Professional Master of Education www.tcd.ie
University of Limerick Professional Master of Education www.ul.ie
Crawford CIT Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) www.cit.ie
Limerick School of Art and Design Professional Master of Education (Art and Design with Digital Media) www.lit.ie
National College of Art and Design Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) www.ncad.ie
Hibernia College Professional Master of Education https://hiberniacollege.com/

PME Closing Dates March

Professional Masters in Education Closing Dates

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I’m already a qualified teacher, I want to work in Ireland

I qualified in Ireland and want to work in Ireland

All teachers in the primary, post-primary and further education sectors must register with the Teaching Council in order to be paid a salary by the State. Full details on the registration process can be found here teachingcouncil.ie.

I qualified as a teacher outside of Ireland

The Teaching Council considers applications from teachers who qualified outside Ireland if they are fully qualified in their home country. Registration in Ireland, where granted, may be subject to conditions and you may need to do some additional training.

Teachers who qualified in an EU member state are entitled to have their qualifications recognised in Ireland.

More Information about Teaching in Ireland

Primary School Teaching

Primary school teachers teach the range of primary school subjects to children aged 4 to 12 years. There are Irish language requirements for primary teaching – teachers must be able to teach the Irish language and having studied Irish to Leaving Cert. level is required.

You can train to be a primary teacher either by doing an undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate Professional Master of Education (PME). A full list of accredited initial teacher education programmes can be found here.

Minimum requirements in mathematics, English and Irish at Leaving Cert. level are required to be a primary school teacher. Full details of entry requirements can be found here.

Post-Primary School Teaching

You can train to be a post-primary teacher either by doing an undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate Professional Master of Education (PME). A full list of accredited ITE programmes can be found here here.

If you are applying for the PME you should have at least one subject from the post-primary schools’ curriculum for the Leaving Certificate programme as part of your degree.

Post-primary teachers do not need to have a qualification in the Irish language unless they are employed by a Gaeltacht school or a Gaelcholáiste where teachers teach through Irish.

Financial Support for Students

The main financial support available for eligible students attending full-time further and higher education courses is the student grant, which may include a maintenance grant and/or a fee grant, depending on eligibility.

Further information on bursaries and other financial supports and the criteria for the Free Fees Scheme are available at studentfinance.ie

Other useful links:

education.ie - Information on other scholarship and bursary programmes not included on studentfinance.ie.

SUSI - Website for Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), Ireland’s national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants.

Courses that support access to teacher training (pre entry to ITE course)

A number of universities and colleges provide courses to support access to initial teacher education for persons from groups which traditionally have been under-represented in teaching:

For Primary Teaching

Maynooth University: offers a Turn to Teaching Project.

Mary Immaculate College: offers a Teacher Education Access Course for Mature Learners.

For Post-Primary Teaching

NUI Galway and St. Angela’s College, Sligo: offer an Access to Post-primary Teaching - APT Project.

University College Cork: offers a New Avenues to Teaching support programme for students enrolled in their teacher education programmes.

Recruitment and Employment of Teachers

Most teachers are recruited and employed by the board of management of a school and paid by the Department of Education and Skills. In the case of Education and Training Board (ETB) schools, teachers are recruited, employed and paid by the ETB.

You can look for a teaching job:

Permanent and Temporary Jobs educationposts.ie
staffroom.ie
etbjobs.ie
etbvacancies.ie
Substitute Posts text a sub
subteacher.ie
subsearch.ie
ASTI Substitute Placement Scheme

Recruitment requirements – Garda Vetting

By law, individuals who work with children and vulnerable persons must be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau. The Teaching Council administers vetting for teachers in Ireland on behalf of employers (schools and ETBs). Schools/ ETBs are also required to receive and assess the vetting disclosures for employment purposes.

Salary Scale

An incremental salary scale is in place for both primary and post-primary teachers.

If you worked in a teaching position in the public service of another EU member state, you may be eligible for recognition of previous service. Full details can be found here.

Leave

The Department of Education and Skills has a comprehensive document covering all aspects of leave for teachers. It also covers the requirement to register with the Teaching Council (Section 30). More details can be found here

School Year

Schools are required to be open for a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level and 183 days at primary level.

Full details on school holiday dates can be found here.

Employment with the State Examinations Commission

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is responsible for the development, assessment, accreditation and certification of the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations. The SEC annually employs thousands of teachers on a short-term temporary basis to supervise and mark the State examinations.

Professional development after qualification?

The Department of Education and Skills provides opportunities for professional development for teachers in a broad range of areas:

Professional Development Service for Teachers

Junior Cycle for Teachers

Centre for School Leadership

The National Induction Programme for Teachers - NIPT

The Teaching Council is currently developing a national framework for teachers’ learning. See Cosán.


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