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Teacher - Physical Education

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Teacher - Physical Education
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€31 - 60
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Teachers begin on the 1st point of the salary scale and progress incrementally with each year of service
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Last Updated: March, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Secondary Teachers

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Secondary school teachers; deputy head teachers (secondary school).

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Part time workers: 15%
Aged over 55: 14%
Male / Female: 29 / 71%
Non-Nationals: 3%
With Third Level: 99%
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Works with the development of students through physical exercise and health education.

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Mary Joyce
Secondary School Teacher

Mary Joyce is a Secondary School Teacher of Geography and PE and works in Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge, Co Kildare.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Geography from the University of Limerick and also qualified as a Fitness Instructor under the NCEF.

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Brian Cadigan
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan works as a National School Teacher at Scoil San Treasa in Dublin. He completed a Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He is a committed teacher and is involved in sports training alongside his classroom work. His school camogie and hurling teams reached four Cumann na mBunscoil finals and won two of them.
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The work of the Physical Education Teacher comprises specialist knowledge of many aspects of physical activity. The aim of the teacher is to make the maximum contribution to the total education of children and young people, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially through the medium of physical activity.  
Physical Education covers the whole field of physical activities, e.g. gymnastics, games, dance, swimming, outdoor pursuits, athletics and health-related fitness. The introduction of these activities will be appropriate to the stage of development of the children and should be made in such a way that a permanent interest in physical activity is aroused. This will ensure immediate benefits and should enhance the desire for active participation in worthwhile health pursuits during adult life.  
Physical education teachers plan competitions, matches and other recreational activities, including taking groups to an outdoor activities centre. They may also help run clubs and societies within the school.

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Candidates should have good health, physical fitness, emotional maturity, a spirit of co-operation and enthusiasm for and enjoyment of all the activities that are involved in the training, and most importantly a desire to teach.  
They need to have an understanding of and a liking for children and young people, patience, tact, firmness, a sense of discipline and a willingness to work hard and keep abreast of new ideas in education and particularly in physical education.

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The University of Limerick runs a B.Sc. in Physical Education. This is a four-year degree course. Graduates of the programme are equipped to teach Physical Education and one other curriculum area throughout the second level cycle.  
Graduates of the degree programme are eligible for appointment to all second level schools (vocational, secondary, community and comprehensive schools), and for admission to the Open Register of the Registration Council for Secondary Teachers.

An alternative route to becoming a qualified secondary school P.E. teacher is to obtain a suitable degree, followed by a teacher education qualification (The Graduate Diploma in Physical Education (P.E.) at University of Limerick takes students from a range of degree programmes such as the BSc. in Health & Leisure Studies at IT Tralee.

Note*With effect from September 2014, postgraduate programmes of ITE accredited by the Teaching Council will be extended to two years full time study, or 120 ECTS credits. 

The Teaching Council website provides details of the individual subject requirements (subject criteria) for all post-primary curricular subjects. 

The Teaching Council website also provides a list of degrees which have in the past been deemed to meet the requirements for named curricular subjects.

NoteGiven that degree programmes and elective modules within degrees can change over time, this list should only be considered as a guide

A list of institutions in Ireland  who are providers of post-primary ITE programmes is available here.

Newly qualified teachers need to go through a one year induction programme by a systematic mentoring scheme. They also need to register their qualifications with the Teaching Council.

All new teachers will need to be  Garda vetted, as they are responsible for children.

Last Updated: November, 2016

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Organisation: Physical Education Association of Ireland
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