The requirements to register as a primary school teacher are set out in
Regulation Two of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations, 2009.
There are two routes to registration:
- Completion of an accredited Bachelor of Education
- 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). A list of approved courses is outlined in Q. 3 below.
The Bachelor of Education should extend over a minimum period of three
years of full time study (or equivalent) carry at least 180 ECTS credits.
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
For full details on requirements please refer to Regulation Two in the
Registration handbook. Schedule One of the Registration 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.
The Council may also recognise primary teacher education qualfications
which are equivalent to the standards above and the criteria outlined in
Schedule One, including primary teacher qualifications previously recognised by
the Minister for Education and Skills providing that the qualification was
attained prior to the passing of these Regulations.