The Teaching Council welcomes applications from fully qualified teachers* who qualified outside of Ireland in other EU/EEA Member States.** Under the EU Directive 2005/36/EC, teachers fully qualified in one EU Member State are entitled to have their qualifications recognised in all other member states. This recognition may be subject to conditions, e.g. qualification shortfalls.
Where applicants hold qualifications awarded outside of Ireland but within the EU, their qualifications must be assessed by the Council to ensure that they are comparable with post-primary registration criteria in Ireland which stipulate that applicants must hold:
- An Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent, consisting of at least three years of full-time study or equivalent (180 ECTS credits), and, deemed by the Teaching Council to be suitable for the purposes of teaching at least one curricular subject at post-primary level.
- An approved initial teacher education qualification directed towards first to sixth years (typically students in the 12 to 18 year age range), incorporating Foundation Studies, Professional Studies and School Placement. (With effect from September 2014, postgraduate programmes of initial teacher education accredited by the Teaching Council will be extended to two years full time study or 120 ECTS credits. Applicants who commence programmes of initial teacher education after 1 January 2014 will be required to meet these new requirements).
- A concurrent degree qualification in post-primary initial teacher education which combines the study of one or more curricular subjects with teacher education studies directed towards first to sixth years (typically students in the 12 to 18 year age range). (With effect from September 2014, concurrent teacher education qualifications accredited by the Teaching Council must have a credit weighting which is not less than the equivalent to 240 ECTS credits (or 480 CATS). Applicants who commence programmes of concurrent teacher education after 1 January 2014 will be required to meet these new requirements).
Applications made under the terms of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC must include an original or certified copy of their status under this directive, as issued by the competent authority in the member state in which the qualification was recognised.
1. Applicants for registration who have qualified outside of Ireland and within the EU/EEA, and who meet the above requirements should complete the application form PPQA-01 and submit it to the Teaching Council with:
- certified copies of exam transcripts and course handbooks
- proof of identity e.g. certified copy of birth cert or passport
- other documentary evidence (see application form)
- the appropriate fee (see application form).
2. The application form should be fully completed. If the form is incomplete or documentation is not included, the applicant is contacted and requested to forward any missing documentation or to fill in any incomplete sections of the form.
3. Once a completed form and all supporting documentation have been received, the application may be referred to an external assessor.
4. The assessor’s recommendations are reviewed by the Council's Post-Primary Applications Panel who may:
- endorse the recommendation
- reject the recommendation
- defer a decision, pending further information or clarification from the assessor or the applicant.
5. The application continues to be processed in accordance with Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. This involves assessing the application with regard to:
Where there are significant differences between the Teaching Council requirements and the qualifications of an EU Directive applicant, he/she may be registered with conditions and required to address any shortfalls (conditions) within a specified timeframe not exceeding three years. During this period they will be eligible to take up teaching positions and be paid from State funds.
6. Where the Post-primary Application Panel decides not to approve an application for registration or when registration conditions are imposed, applicants may request a Review of Decision by the Council’s Registration Review Group.
Where, following a review, the Council's Registration Review Group decides to uphold the original decision, the applicant can apply to the High Court for the annulment of that decision within 21 days.
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*The term fully qualified outside Ireland applies to applicants who completed an initial teacher education qualification outside Ireland. In some cases these applicants may have studied in Ireland at undergraduate degree level.
**The EU/EEA Member States are: United Kingdom (incorporating England , Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) Iceland, Finland, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia.