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€31k - €60k
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In Brief...

Prepares lessons and teaches young children in the first years of school from approximately age 5 to age 12.


  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


  • Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
  • Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

In Summary - Teacher - Primary / Gael School

Career Sectors

Teacher - Primary / Gael Schools typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Primary School Education
Education & Teaching
Psychology & Social Care
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Further Information

The Work - Teacher - Primary / Gael School

Teachers at primary level generally teach all areas of the primary curriculum and are generalist rather than specialist teachers, as the primary curriculum is an integrated curriculum. They have a large responsibility of the class and with their teaching techniques.  
Out of school hours they are expected to prepare lessons, and keep up with new developments in specific subjects or in education as a whole. Teaching can be a quite stressful job but also quite rewarding.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Instruct students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Demonstrate activities to children.
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.
  • Prepare materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety.
  • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Interests - Teacher - Primary / Gael School

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.


Teachers do not merely need good academic ability; they must be able to communicate their knowledge clearly and in an interesting fashion. They must also be able to establish a good relationship with their pupils and be prepared to take on considerable responsibility.  
Infinite patience and a sense of humour are great assets.

Entry Requirements - Teacher - Primary / Gael School

Entry to Primary Schol Initial Teacher Education (ITE) is regulated by the Department of Education and Skills (DES).

There are five main providers of programmes of Primary ITE in Ireland and Hibernia College. 

 Institution  Course Code
 DCU / St. Patrick's College Drumcondra, Dublin  DC002
 DCU / Church of Ireland College of Education  DC004
 Marino Institute of Education, Dublin  CM001
 Mary Immaculate College Limerick  MI005
 Froebel College of Education, NUI Maynooth  MH001

The majority of these providers offer both undergraduate (concurrent) and postgraduate (consecutive) teacher training courses. (The Church of Ireland College of Education only offers concurrent and Hibernia College only offers consecutive courses).

In recent years, the duration of ITE has been extended. Full-time undergraduate programmes for primary teachers (B. Ed) are now four years in duration across all institutions. Postgraduate programmes for primary teaching (PME) are now two-years.

For a small number of mature students (those aged 23+) there is an alternative route of entry to primary teacher education, outside the CAO system. The process combines an interview with possession of the minimum academic entry requirements.

Persons who successfully complete the ITE course must also be registered by the Teaching Council.


[Changes October 2017 for Entry 2018]

To view the detailed entry requirements to B.Ed and post-graduate teacher training courses, follow the links below:

Entry Requirement CAO

Entry Requirement Post Grad [pdf]

Entry Requirements Mature Students [pdf]]

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge  (TEG) provides a series of general Irish language proficiency examinations and qualifications for learners of Irish. Level B2 (Meánleibhéal 2) 50% can be accepted in place of the required Leaving Cert Irish grade. 

Post-Graduate Route

This is now a two-year post-graduate Professional Masters in Education (PME):

- Mary Immaculate College - Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) Course Details

- DCU / St Patrick's College, Drumcondra - Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) Course Details

- Marino Institute of Education - Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) Course Details

Hibernia College

An on-line Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education, accredited by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), is provided by Hibernia College. Hibernia College is a privately-owned, non-state-funded, company. This is a part-time blended learning course which takes place over 2 years and the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of primary teaching. Click here for details.

Last Updated: October, 2017

Pay & Salary - Teacher - Primary / Gael School

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €31k - €60k

New teachers currently start on a salary of €30,702. From September 2016, this will increase by €796 to a total of €31,498 and again in September 2017 by €796 to €32,294.

Data Source(s):

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.

Labour Market Updates - Teacher - Primary / Gael School

Demand for primary and nursery teachers is expected to decline in line with the decrease in the relevant age cohort.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Useful Contacts - Teacher - Primary / Gael School

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