In light of the continued impact of the pandemic during the current academic year, the following changes in relation to the residential experience requirement has been introduced for graduates of post-primary languages programmes of Initial Teacher Education in summer 2022.
As part of the curricular subject requirements for all post-primary languages (including Gaeilge), there is a residential experience requirement of a period of 2 months/8 weeks. The Council has reduced this requirement to 6 weeks given restrictions which were in place on travel up until recently. If you have not fully met the 6-week requirement when applying for registration with the Council, you will be granted registration with conditions. This will allow you to work as a fully qualified teacher while giving you additional time to fulfil the outstanding balance of the residency requirement. Extensions to this time may be requested under the Council’s standard extension request process.
Evidence of verifiable residential experience in the country of the language or where the language is the vernacular (spoken language) must be supplied when applying for registration with the Council. This may be evidenced on your academic transcript of results or by submitting one of the following:
- A copy of your transcript of results which confirms residency of 6 weeks in the country/area for the majority of languages. Please note if the transcript states “Off Campus/Erasmus Programme” and does not confirm the programme was undertaken in a specific country, this must be confirmed in an accompanying letter from the relevant Higher Education Institution.
- A copy of your passport evidencing that you are a native of that country. N.B. This is not acceptable for the subject of Irish/ Gaeilge.
- A letter/statement from your employer/college/landlord in that country. In the case of employer/landlord, contact details such as a phone number and an email address is required. For the subject of Irish/Gaeilge, this should evidence residency in a Gaeltacht area.
- For the subject of Irish/Gaeilge, evidence that you are a native of a Gaeltacht area may be submitted (e.g. utility bill, financial statement, electoral register correspondence or evidence that your family was in receipt of the Scéim Labhairt na Gaeilge (SLG) grant for Gaeltacht families) or a letter/statement from a Gaelcholaiste confirming that you attended a Post Primary Gaelcholáiste to Leaving Certificate level.
If you are graduating in summer 2022 as a post-primary language teacher, you will be advised shortly in respect of the NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) fast-track registration process with the Council. This registration option will be kept in place for all 2022 graduate teachers registering up until 31 December 2022.