FAQs burning questions

I am already registered as a post-primary teacher but wish to know how to go about qualifying to teach an additional curricular subject?

As a registered post-primary teacher, you have met the registration requirements that enable you to teach at least one post-primary curricular subject.  Employment within schools to teach subjects is a matter for individual school authorities. It is not a registration requirement to be recognised for additional subjects.

If, however, you wish to have an additional curricular subject recorded on the Register of Teachers you must demonstrate that you meet the criteria for the subject. This does not mean that you have to complete another degree.

It means you need to study the subject to degree-level by combining modules from a level 8 degree or completing a level 9 postgraduate diploma ensuring that you study:

    • the required amount of ECTS credits in the subject (varies between 60 - 90 ECTS credits) 
    • the required areas in the subject as outlined in our curricular subject requirements
    • a specific methodology in the subject if it has been specified as a requirement. 

If you are interested in adding an additional subject you should firstly contact the relevant department in a Higher Education Institute (HEI) and ask them about your options for studying a subject to degree level as an occasional/full-time student.

When do I apply to the Teaching Council to commence the Droichead process?

You should apply to the Teaching Council within five working days of commencing employment in a Droichead school:

  • in an eligible setting and
  • in an eligible post of minimum duration of at least 60 consecutive school days (in the case of primary) or a block of 200 hours (in the case of post- primary). 

Friday, 16 March 2018 is the last day to register to commence Droichead in the 2017/2018 school year.

Can the Council prioritise my application?

The Council will prioritise an application where a teacher is in employment in a position where they cannot be paid without being registered with the Council.  This must be confirmed by submitting a recent payslip or an email from the school principal.

What is a 'certified copy' of a document? 

The Council will only accept certified copies of identification and qualification documents. 

A certified copy is a photocopy which has been certified (signed, stamped and dated) by a registered teacher with the Teaching Council or the following persons may also certify documents: a member of An Garda Síochána (Police), a Solicitor/Commissioner for Oaths, or a Peace Commissioner.

When should I expect to receive an update on my application?

The average handling time is 6 - 8 weeks (qualified within Ireland), and 8 - 12 weeks (qualified outside of Ireland) from receipt of all required documentation

 The Council will update you during the application process. We will acknowledge receipt of your application, liaise with you until all documentation has been received and confirm the process has been finalised.

Please note that submitting all of the required documentation with your application form significantly speeds up the process. We highly recommend that you complete the checklist on the back of the application form.