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Teach in Ireland

There are plenty of opportunities for educators looking to teach in Ireland. Qualified STEM teachers in particular will be able to find number of opportunities in the public school system, while ESL teachers will find increasing English teaching opportunities at language academies in the larger, metropolitan cities.

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Public Schools in Ireland

Public school teaching jobs in Ireland fall into two main categories: Primary and Secondary school teachers. Primary school teachers teach children between the ages of 4-13 and Secondary school teachers teach students 13 and up. While Primary school teachers must be able to speak Irish in order to teach (teaching of the Irish language is compulsory for primary school students), the demand for qualified secondary school teachers who specialize in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is quite high. Teachers should have a good chance of finding work in schools that specifically focus on science and math, as long as they fulfill the job requirements which includes a Bachelor’s degree and teaching license. Teachers with foreign teaching qualifications must apply for recognition of their qualifications to the Teaching Council, which is the statutory body that sets the standards of academic achievement and professional training required of teachers.

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Private Schools in Ireland

Private language schools are common in Dublin and other major cities, where schools cover general English and Business English. Requirements typically include a Bachelor’s degree and some form of ESL teaching qualification such as a TEFL certificate, and ESL schools typically cater to non-native English speaking foreigners living in the country. To teach in a commercial language school, applicants must have a minimum of a Level 7 qualification on the National Qualification Framework. Many language institutions will provide teacher training courses, more commonly known as TEFL, which are fully accredited by the Irish Department of Education.

Members of the EU union are not required to obtain a work visa, however non-EU citizens will need to obtain a work visa before applying for jobs in the country, as schools do not sponsor visas.

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Teaching Jobs in Ireland - Salary and Benefits

Basic BenefitsPublic School Jobs in IrelandPrivate School Jobs in Ireland
Salary$31,000 - $46,000 USD$20 per hour
Teaching Hours27.5 hours per week25 hours per week
Vacation13 - 17 weeksVaries by school
Class Size25Varies by school
Accommodation CostPaid for by the teacherPaid for by the teacher
AirfarePaid for by the teacherPaid for by the teacher
BonusesVaries by schoolVaries by school
LocationsLocations all over the countryHigh demand for English teachers in major cities
Start DatesSeptemberStart dates occur throughout the year

Ireland at a Glance

Country Information

Capital - Dublin

Language - Irish, English

Population - 4.595 million

Currency - Euro

Government - Parliamentary democracy

Major Religion - Christianity

Climate - Temperate oceanic

Quick Facts
  • Ireland is a single island but it is made up of two countries: The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s official national holiday
  • Irish, or Irish Gaelic is the country's first official language, however the second official language English is more commonly spoken.
  • The Irish consume in average 131.1 liters of beer per year - the 2nd highest per-capita consumption after the Czech Republic.
  • Many Irish last names begin with “O” or “Mac”, which means “son of” and “grandson of” in Gaelic

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