Initial Teacher Education

In Ireland, initial teacher education programmes for primary and post-primary teachers are facilitated through a range of concurrent (undergraduate) and consecutive (postgraduate) programmes (see Overview of Teacher Education Provision in Ireland). Minimum entry requirements for programmes of initial teacher education are set by the Minister for Education and Skills, in consultation with the Teaching Council. 

All initial teacher education programmes (primary, post-primary and further education) in Ireland that lead to registration must have professional accreditation from the Teaching Council. The first cycle of review and accreditation has now been completed for all programmes, and reports have been issued to the HEIs.

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Changes to the duration of programmes of initial teacher education

With effect from September 2012, in order to retain their professional accreditation from the Teaching Council, all concurrent (undergraduate) programmes of initial teacher education, must be of four years' duration (240 ECTS credits).

With effect from September 2014, all consecutive (postgraduate) programmes of initial teacher education must be of two years' duration (120 ECTS credits).