1. Secondary Teacher Training
Teaching is a popular occupation for graduates. You should contact secondary schools and request an opportunity to shadow a teacher for 1-10 days. Alternatively you may get some supervisory work. This will assist your teaching application.
Forms available to register with the teaching council are available at:
It is important that you contact the Teaching Council for information on registration at: http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/
Changes in Secondary Teacher Training
**Please note that if students wish to apply through the PAC system for the Professional Masters in Education at http://www.pac.ie/ **
This Masters is a two year course
2. Primary School Teaching
Each year a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is delivered subject to approval by the Department of Education. Details of training colleges and other information is available at Primary School Teacher Training .
You should contact secondary schools and request an opportunity to shadow a teacher for 1-10 days. Alternatively you may get some supervisory work. This will assist your teaching application.
It is possible to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Ireland if you have a minimum of a Leaving Certificate grade C in the higher paper.
It is also possible to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in the UK without the honours Irish, however you will have to complete an Irish test once you return to Ireland to teach.
3. Adult and Further Education Teaching/Tutoring
Please note that in order to be eligible to register as a teacher with the Council in the Further Education Sector up to and including 01 April 2013, a person must hold a qualification at degree or equivalent level. The Council considers a qualification equivalent to a degree to be one that has been awarded following a course of three years full time or equivalent part-time study and must contain 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. The qualification must also be placed on the Irish National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) as a Level 7 or Level 8 major award.
- For those making application after 01 April 2013, the requirement will be to hold a primary degree or equivalent (not less than Level 8 on the NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits AND a Council approved qualification in post-primary (first year to sixth year) or Further Education Teacher education OR
- An ordinary degree or equivalent (not less than Level 7 on the NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits; AND
(i) an appropriate additional qualification; or
(ii) certified accreditation of prior learning based on a minimum of three years experience in a workplace or instructional setting which is relevant to the candidate’s qualifications such as may be recognised by the Teaching Council as suitable for the purpose of registration as a teacher
AND a Council approved qualification in post-primary (first year to sixth year) or Further Education Teacher education. A list of accredited teacher education qualifications (further education) can be viewed here http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/Teacher-Education/Initial-Teacher-Education/Providers-of-Initial-Teacher-Education/ and example is the Grad. Dip. In Adult & Further Education in
Adult Education Providers