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
- 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.