What are the requirements to register as a Primary school teacher under Route 1: Primary?

The requirements to register as a primary school teacher are set out in Route 1 of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations, 2016.

There are two routes to registration:

  • completion of an accredited Bachelor of Education (Primary) qualification

or

  • completion of a postgraduate or Higher Diploma in Education preceded by a level 8 undergraduate qualification.

Either of these two teacher education qualifications must cover the full primary curriculum from junior infants to sixth class (normally age range 4 to 12). 

See question 3 for information about approved programmes.

If commenced prior to 2014, the Bachelor of Education should extend over a minimum period of three years of full-time study (or equivalent) and carry at least 180 ECTS credits. If commenced after 1 January 2014, the Bachelor of Education must carry at least 240 ECTS credits.

If commenced prior to 2014, the postgraduate or Higher Diploma in Education must extend over a period of 18 months full-time study, or equivalent part time study and should carry 90 ECTS credits. If commenced after 1 January 2014, the postgraduate programme must carry at least 120 ECTS credits.

For full details on requirements, please refer to Route 1 in the Registration Regulations. Schedule One of the Regulations outlines further details in relation to Studies in the Foundation Disciplines of Education, Professional Studies and the Practical Teaching Programme.

For those making applications after 01 April 2013, the primary degree must be at Level 8 on the National Framework for Qualifications (NFQ).

The Council may also recognise primary teacher education qualifications which are equivalent to the standards above and the criteria outlined in Schedule One. This includes primary teacher qualifications previously recognised by the Minister for Education and Skills providing that the qualification was attained prior to the passing of the Teaching Council Registration Regulations.

What are the requirements to register under Route 4: Other?

In order to register under Route 4, you must hold one of the following Montessori qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Montessori Education, St. Nicholas Montessori College, Dublin

or

  • Diploma in Montessori Education, Association Montessori Internationale, Dublin (AMI) (3 year full-time course)

Please note that for persons applying for registration after 01 April 2013, these qualifications must be a major award at a Level 8 on the National Framework for Qualifications.

Alternatively, to register under Route 4, you must hold a primary teacher education qualification in addition to a recognised Special Education qualification. A list of recognised special education courses can be accessed in the Department of Education and Skills Circular 13/2012 which can be downloaded from their website www.education.ie

How do I apply to get my qualifications recognised?

If you hold any of the following qualifications you are deemed to automatically meet registration qualification requirements and do not need to have your qualifications assessed:

Undergraduate Primary Teacher Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, Froebel College of Education, Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, The Church of Ireland College of Education, Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

It should be noted for those making an application after 01 April 2013, this qualification must be Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Postgraduate Primary Teacher Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), St. Patrick’s College of Education Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick
  • Higher Diploma in Education (Primary), Froebel College of Education, Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
  • Higher Diploma in Education (Primary), Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9
  • Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education, Hibernia online College, www.hiberniacollege.net

If you hold qualifications other than those listed or qualifications gained outside of the Republic of Ireland you can apply for an assessment of your qualifications for the purposes of registration by completing form PRQA-01.

Applicants are advised to ensure they meet the registration requirements for primary teachers before proceeding with their application. These are available on our website here 

Registration is also subject to Evidence of Character requirements, including Garda Vetting. Please contact our offices on 01 6517900 to obtain a Garda Vetting Application form.

Do I need to apply for an assessment of my qualifications if they were previously assessed and recognised by the Department of Education and Skills?

No. If your qualifications were assessed and recognised by the Department of Education and Skills prior to March 2006, you do not need to apply for an assessment of your qualifications again.

Instead, when making a registration application to the Teaching Council, you must enclose the decision letter issued by the Department of Education and Skills which outlines the results of your assessment.  Alternatively, you can enclose a screen print out from the Department of Education and Skills explaining that your qualifications were assessed and accepted. Please contact the Primary Teacher Qualifications section in the Department of Education and Skills, Athlone by telephone on  + 353 (0) 906 483600.

Please complete form PR-01 to apply for registration

I am a qualified teacher in another EU/EEA member state recognised under EU Directive 2005/36/EC. Will my qualifications be recognised by the Teaching Council?

The Teaching Council is the designated authority in Ireland for assessing applications for registration from persons recognised as teachers in other EU/EEA countries.

EU Directive 2005/36/EC relates to the recognition of professional qualifications. According to this Directive, persons who are recognised for the purposes of teaching in one EU/EEA member state are entitled to have those qualifications recognised in all other member states.

The host member state (in this case, Ireland) is permitted to assess the qualifications. If the qualifications are found to be significantly different from the requirements in Ireland, the Teaching Council can apply conditions to any registration granted, including shortfalls in qualifications and the Irish Language Requirement.

Please note that for those who commenced a teacher education programme from 1 January 2011 and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under EU Directive 2005/36/EC, must hold full registration in the state where they qualified.  Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation and mobility rights under the EU Directive will not be granted until the requirement is met.

Applicants are allowed a maximum of three years to address any identified qualification shortfalls. During this  time they will be registered conditionally and permitted to be employed. When all qualification shortfalls have been addressed, applicants will undergo a further process of probation, unless evidence is submitted to show that they have completed a period of induction/probation in the State where they qualified.

How can I address the Irish Language Requirement?

The teaching of the Irish language is an essential component of the Primary School Curriculum and is a requirement for all primary teachers. If you qualified outside of Ireland, and have not studied Irish as part of your initial teacher education qualification, you will have the Irish Language Requirement (ILR) applied as a condition of your registration.

This condition can be addressed by completing an Aptitude Test (An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge – SCG) or an Adaptation Period (Oiriúnú le hAghaidh Cailíochta sa Ghaeilge – OCG). Both options are facilitated by Marino Institute of Education.

Further information can be found at www.ilrweb.ie

Applicants applying under the terms of  EU Directive 2005/36/EC  will have three years from date of Registration to address this condition.

Failure to address this condition within the prescribed period, including the three-week approved Gaeltacht attendance, will result in your registration lapsing.

How do I allow the Department of Education and Skills view my details on the Register?

The Education (Amendment) Act, 2012 requires the Teaching Council to share information it holds on registered teachers with the Department of Education and Skills or Education and Training Boards on a regular basis. This data is used to confirm if a teacher is registered or not.

Data protection legislation requires that registered teachers must give their permission to facilitate this limited access to the register. The following link allows you to approve this access.

If you are a registered teacher, you can approve this access online - please click here.

Alternatively, please contact us Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
T: +353 1 651 7900,  LoCall: 1890 224 224 or email info@teachingcouncil.ie