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€31k - €60k
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In Brief...

Works with the development of students through physical exercise and health education.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


  • Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.

In Summary - Teacher - Physical Education

Career Sectors

Teacher - Physical Educations typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Post Primary Education
Education & Teaching
Leisure, Sport & Fitness

Videos & Interviews

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.

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 - Teacher - Physical Education

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.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as anatomy, therapeutic recreation, and conditioning theory.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Interests - Teacher - Physical Education

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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


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.

Entry Requirements - Teacher - Physical Education

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

Pay & Salary - Teacher - Physical Education

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

Teachers begin on the 1st point of the salary scale and progress incrementally with each year of service

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 - Physical Education

It is proving difficult to source qualified teachers for certain key subjects (e.g. foreign languages, science). Changes in government policy in relation to the introduction of other subjects (such as career guidance) will require the sourcing of teachers with the required specific skills. Demand for secondary teachers is expected to continue in the medium term due to demographic factors.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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