The Teaching Council welcomes applications from fully qualified teachers who qualified outside Ireland. If you are intending to travel overseas to another EU/EEA state to complete a teacher education qualification and intend to return to Ireland to register with the Teaching Council, you will be entitled to do so under the terms EU Directive 2005/36/EC.
In many EU states, including the UK, recognition under the EU directive is only confirmed if a period of post qualification induction (usually one school year) is completed after you complete your initial teacher education qualification.
In the case of teachers who qualify outside the EU /EEA, they must provide evidence that they are fully qualified and registered / hold a full teaching licence (no conditions attached) in the country in which they qualified as a teacher.
Once evidence of recognition under the Directive or from the relevant regulatory authorities/Ministry of Education has been provided, qualifications will be assessed by the Teaching Council with reference to the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2016.
Regulation Four relates to post-primary registration and is broken down into two parts (a) Degree Requirements and (b) Teacher Education Requirements.
Your degree qualification should meet the requirements for at least one curricular subject. New requirements were published in September 2013 and will apply to persons applying for registration after 1 January 2017. Details of the new and existing requirements are set out below:
- If you are currently undertaking studies, and/or intend to apply for registration on or after 1 January 2017, please read more information here.
- If you are making an application for registration now or intend to apply on/or before 31 December 2016, please read more information here.
Teacher Education Requirements
With effect from 2014 the teacher education requirements for registration have changed and applicants from overseas are being assessed with reference to these new enhanced requirements.
The new criteria include a requirement that a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. P.G.C.E.) must have the equivalent of 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits (note: this is the equivalent of 240 CATS on the UK Credit System). A concurrent teaching qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Education) must have the equivalent of 240 ECTS credits) (note: this is equivalent to 480 CATS on the UK Credit System).
If, following assessment of the qualifications, significant differences are identified, these will be applied as conditions to a teacher’s registration, which must be addressed within a specific timeframe, not exceeding 3 years.
Important Notice - Update on assessment of teacher education qualifications obtained outside of Ireland
The Teaching Council as the competent authority for the recognition of teacher education qualifications obtained in EU/EEA Member States in accordance with the EU Directive 2013/55/EU and states outside the EU/EEA, published this notice in 2013 to highlight the fact that the Council's updated requirements for initial teacher education programmes would apply to all persons commencing initial teacher education programmes outside of the State from 1 January 2014.
The updated requirements for teacher education programmes accredited by the Teaching Council were published in Initial Teacher Education: Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers in 2011.
The Council is developing an updated qualifications assessment system, including a range of aptitude test and adaptation period options, in order to take account of the updated ITE requirements. It is anticipated that this updated system will be in place in early 2017. In the interim, the Council is maintaining its current system during the transition phase.