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Provisional Course Dates: November 2019 - April 2020

(Applications for the 2019-20 Programme are now closed)

‘Being a Teacher in Ireland’ is a Bridging Programme aimed at teachers from immigrant backgrounds who hold international teaching qualifications at primary or post-primary (secondary) level, and who are now living in Ireland. It aims to provide additional knowledge, skills and confidence to enhance these teachers’ professional growth, and to help them to gain employment in schools in Ireland.

Liam Wegimont, secondary school principal

NOTE: This course does not address specific shortfalls identified in the Teaching Council registration process [1] and does not provide a guarantee of employment.


Provisional Content

What will I learn?

Through the lectures, workshops, online and school experience, you will explore the following topics.

  1. School contexts and school cultures in Ireland. Develop an understanding of the Irish education system, and explore how schools and school cultures are influenced by their historical, sociological and political contexts.
  2. Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy in Ireland. Become familiar with current policy and practice in the Irish context, and reflect on the development of curriculum, assessment and pedagogies more broadly.
  3. The teacher as a professional in Ireland. Explore different concepts of ‘teacher’ and the role of the teacher in the Irish context, with reference to both policy and practice, and to key teacher organisations.
  4. Developing a teaching career in Ireland. Identify your professional strengths, and areas for continuing professional development. Gain practical skills to help you to gain employment in the Irish context.

How will I learn?

Our approach aims to draw on the range of knowledge, experience and insight that teachers themselves bring to the programme as well as on carefully selected content and materials. You will reflect on your own professional practice individually and with your peers, and develop and apply your knowledge and skills an Irish context. The course is structured as follows:

  • 4 Face-to-face lectures / workshops (Saturdays)
  • Online learning component
  • School experience component (minimum 5 days)

How will I be assessed?

Questioning, feedback and online forums will provide opportunities for self, peer and tutor assessment and feedback throughout the course. You will complete a written reflection, to be submitted at the end of the programme. Teachers who complete the Bridging Programme successfully will receive a Certificate from the Marino Institute of Education.

Who are the course tutors?

Dr Rory Mc Daid

Rory is a   Lecturer in Education in MIE. He was awarded his Ed.D in 2009 for his work on the recognition of the first languages of minority language children in Irish   primary schools. Rory coordinates the Migrant Teacher Project and has published several pieces on this broad topic.

Dr Emer Nowlan

Originally qualified as a teacher in the UK, Emer has worked in various educational and   management roles in different countries. Prior to joining the Migrant Teacher Project as Research Project Officer, she worked for the equality-based school   network Educate Together for 10 years.

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School principals, migrant teachers and other guest lecturers and workshop leaders will work alongside the course tutors to facilitate your learning.


What are the fees?

The Migrant Teacher Project is supported by the Department of Justice and Equality’s National Funding Programme for Migrant Integration and the Department of Education and Skills, and we are delighted to be in a position to offer this course free of charge to 40 successful applicants.

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Who can apply?

Applicants for enrolment should:

  • Hold a recognised teaching qualification (primary or post-primary schools) at graduate (level 8) or post-graduate (level 9) level.
  • Have sufficient availability between October 2019 and April 2020 to attend lectures / workshops, to complete online activities, to complete at least 5 days school experience, and to engage in relevant reading and writing. (see for information about NQF levels)
  • Have sufficient English language skills to participate fully in the programme (minimum B2 level, Common European Framework. See for information about CEFR levels)
  • Be prepared to comply with Child Protection requirements, including Garda Vetting and overseas police clearance as required.

NOTE: Enrolment in the Bridging Programme is subject to requirements set down by Marino Institute of Education and project funders. 
If the course is oversubscribed, selection criteria will apply. These selection criteria will take into account a range of factors which may include:
readiness to work in schools in Ireland, registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland, relevant language skills, and other factors.

How do I apply for a place?

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-20 Bridging Programme are now closed.

There are four steps in the enrolment process:
(dates are subject to change)



  1. Applicants complete an online form. The form will ask questions about your teaching qualifications and experience, your registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland, your level of English language, and your reasons for applying for this course. You will also be asked for some personal information, such as your address and telephone number and your nationality(ies).


5th – 22nd

  1. Eligibility for enrolment will be determined using the information provided in the form. If you are deemed eligible to enrol, you will be contacted and asked to send documentation to support your application. This will include your degree certificates, relevant Teaching Council registration process correspondence,   and proof of English language competence (there are four options here – see If you are not eligible to enrol you will be contacted and advised of this.


23rd – 29th

  1. Eligible  applicants who provide the required documentation will then be considered for enrolment. If the course is oversubscribed, selection criteria will be   applied in accordance with requirements set down by Marino Institute of   Education and project funders. The selection process will take into account a range of factors which may include: readiness to work in schools in Ireland, registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland, relevant language skills, and other factors.

September 30th
October 3rd.

  1. Places will be offered to the first 40 applicants. To take up the place you will be required to complete a registration form. Applicants who do not return the form within the required timeframe will forfeit their place. If the course is oversubscribed, some applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

October 4th – 11th  

  1.  Enrolled participants will attend the first Saturday session.

16th November
(Date to be confirmed) 

 Where can I get more information?

For more information about ‘Being a Teacher in Ireland’ please contact us by Email:

Download 2019-20 course Description in pdf format

[1]If you have queries about addressing Teaching Council registration shortfalls, please contact, providing details of the specific shortfalls identified, for advice on suitable courses.