The Teaching Council is the designated authority for the recognition of teaching qualifications under Council Directive 2005/36/EC and the competent authority for the recognition of qualifications obtained in states other than Member States of the European Communities.
Persons completing teacher education qualifications outside the State and seeking to register with the Teaching Council must have their qualifications assessed to determine that they are comparable and equivalent to accredited qualifications in Ireland. Updated requirements for teacher education programmes accredited by the Teaching Council were published in Initial Teacher Education: Critieria and Guidelines for Programme Providers in 2011. These requirements stipulate among other requirements that:
- a postgraduate diploma in education (e.g. P.G.C.E.) must have a credit weighting which is not less than equivalent to 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Credits (or 240 CATS).
- a concurrent teacher education qualification, (e.g., Bachelor of Education) must have a credit weighting which is not less than the equivalent to 240 ECTS Credits (or 480 CATS).
The above requirements will apply to all persons commencing teacher education qualifications outside the State from 1 January 2014.
In addition to these new requirements, persons wishing to apply for registration under the terms of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC must be fully recognised/registered as teachers in another EEA Member State and provide certification thereof when applying for registration with the Teaching Council in Ireland. In practice, this means that persons commencing a teacher education qualification in another EEA Member State from 1 January 2011 onwards must also complete any required period of post-qualification professional practice (e.g., N.Q.T. or Induction year) and be fully recognised/registered under the terms of the Directive 2005/36/EC by the designated authority of that Member State prior to seeking registration with the Teaching Council in Ireland.