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Professional accreditation of ITE programmes

Professional accreditation for any profession is a judgement as to whether a programme prepares one for entry into that profession. It is distinct from academic accreditation which is based on the suitability of a programme for the award of a degree/diploma.

All teacher education programmes in Ireland that led to registration must have professional accreditation.

Procedures for the Professional Accreditation of ITE Programmes (PDF)

Céim: Standards for Initial Teacher Education

In November 2020, the Teaching Council launched the revised standards for programmes of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Céim: Standards for Initial Teacher Education.

All new Primary and Post-primary programmes submitted to the Council for accreditation must now be in alignment with Céim.

Céim: Standards for Initial Teacher Education (PDF)

School Placement

School placement a critical part of initial teacher education (ITE) as it enables the student teacher to experience teaching and learning in a variety of contexts, and to participate in school life in a way that is structured and supported.

Guidelines on School Placement (PDF)

Further Education

To register as a Further Education teacher you must complete a Teaching Council accredited Further Education teacher education qualification (TEQ).

Please view our register as a Further Education teacher page.

Further Education: General and Programme Requirements for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Qualifications (PDF)

List of accredited programmes

Where accreditation is granted, reports on the programme review will be published on the corresponding page.

View list of accredited programmes


Droichead is an integrated professional induction framework for newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The main objective of the Droichead process is to support the professional learning of NQTs during the induction phase, thus laying the foundations for subsequent professional growth and learning for the next phase of their career.

More about Droichead policy and quality assurance