24 May, 2023 | Posted by Jenny Smith

How to Become a PE Teacher in Ireland

How to Become a PE Teacher in Ireland

How to Become a PE Teacher in Ireland: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you have a passion for physical education and a desire to inspire young minds, becoming a PE teacher in Ireland can be a rewarding career path.

Physical Education (PE) teachers play a crucial role in promoting an active and healthy lifestyle among students.

If you're interested in pursuing this profession, here is a step-by-step guide on how to become a PE teacher in Ireland.

1. Obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education

The first step towards becoming a PE teacher in Ireland is to earn a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education or a related field. Look for accredited universities or colleges that offer undergraduate programs specifically tailored to PE teacher education. These programs typically cover a range of topics such as exercise science, sports coaching, anatomy, physiology, and pedagogy. Portobello Institute offers a BA (Hons) in Physical Education awarded by Liverpool John Moore's Univeristy. CAO points are not needed to apply for this course, entry is via direct application to Portobello Institute.

2. Complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

After obtaining a Bachelor's degree, you'll need to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) that specialises in Physical Education. The PGDE is a professional qualification that focuses on the theory and practice of teaching. It includes classroom-based learning, teaching placements, and practical experiences to prepare you for the teaching profession. Several universities and teacher training institutions in Ireland offer PGDE programs with a focus on PE. Portobello Institute offers a PGDEI, Postgraduate Certificate in Education International, which is internationally recognised as an advanced level of study and qualification for those wishing to enhance their practice and advance to more senior positions in teaching and educational management.

3. Gain Teaching Experience through Placements

During your studies, you will have teaching placements in schools where you'll gain practical experience under the guidance of experienced PE teachers. These placements allow you to apply your knowledge, develop teaching skills, and become familiar with the classroom environment. Make the most of these opportunities to observe, plan, and deliver lessons, and engage with students of various age groups.

4. Obtain Teaching Council Registration

To work as a qualified teacher in Ireland, it is essential to obtain registration with the Teaching Council. The Teaching Council is the professional regulatory body for teaching in Ireland. After completing your PGDEI, you'll need to apply for registration and provide the necessary documentation, including proof of qualifications and a satisfactory Garda (police) vetting. Registration ensures that you meet the professional standards required to teach in Irish schools.

5. Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

As a PE teacher, it's important to engage in continuous professional development (CPD) to stay updated with current practices and enhance your teaching skills. Attend workshops, conferences, and training programs specifically focused on physical education. Keep up with the latest research and advancements in the field and actively seek opportunities to expand your knowledge and expertise.

6. Apply for Teaching Positions

Once you've completed your PGDEI, gained registration with the Teaching Council, and developed your teaching skills, it's time to start applying for PE teaching positions. Keep an eye on job vacancies advertised by schools, education authorities, and online job portals. Tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight your qualifications, teaching experience, and enthusiasm for promoting physical education.

7. Interview and Professional References

When you secure an interview for a PE teaching position, prepare thoroughly by researching the school, reviewing common interview questions, and showcasing your passion for teaching and physical education. Additionally, gather professional references from your PGDEI tutors, teaching mentors, or any other relevant individuals who can vouch for your teaching abilities and character.

Becoming a PE teacher in Ireland requires dedication, perseverance, and a genuine passion for physical education.

By following this step-by-step guide, you'll be well on your way to embarking on a fulfilling career that positively impacts the lives of young learners.

Get in Contact  

Portobello Institute offers a range of sports qualifications which you can view on our department page here.

If you are interested in any of our sports courses or have any questions you can book a consultation call with our expert sports advisor Sharde Sebastian here, email sharde.sebastian@portobelloinstitute.com or call 01 892 0029. Visit our sports department here. 


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