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  • The Department of Education website contains information on the Universities and Colleges course options available for individuals wishing to complete teacher training in Northern Ireland.  The website also contains information on the requirements of European Union (EU) and Non EU applicants for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Northern Ireland. There are also resources and information regarding a variety of teaching-related subjects including Teacher qualification and registration and Teacher training .
  • The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) which is a self-regulatory professional body for teachers has a statutory duty to determine who should be a member of the teaching profession in Northern Ireland.  All teachers who wish to have their qualifications approved for the purposes of registration with the GTCNI and eligibility to teach should contact The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) or complete the web form.
  • Substitute Teacher Register.  Since September 2006 only teachers registered on the Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher Register (NISTR) are employed as substitute teachers. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher and would like to register please visit

Cross-border issues

Teachers in the South must be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland (TCI).  Please note that newly qualified teachers must complete a probationary period before they are fully registered. Once  registered with the TCI you can then approach the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) to register in the North (contact details above).

If you have recently qualified or considering training in the South and wish to teach in the North without completing the probationary period in the South the TCI may provide you with a Conditional Registration or a letter approving your qualification.  You should get clarification from the TCI before you commit to the course.


  • The Teaching Council is the professional body for teaching in Ireland.   In Ireland, initial teacher education is provided by the Colleges of Education (primary teacher education) and the Universities (post-primary teacher education).  A list of these institutions is available online please visit the Teaching Council website – Useful links .
  • The entry requirements for initial teacher education in Ireland and the application process for entry onto programmes can be found on the Students and Trainees page of .
  • To be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (post-primary) candidates must have obtained a suitable third-level degree deemed eligible by The Teaching Council for the purposes of teaching at post-primary level. More information is available on the Registration section of the Teaching Council website.

Cross-border issues

Primary teachers trained in Northern Ireland and whose qualifications have been assessed and accepted by the Department of Education and Skills, but who do not possess an appropriate Irish language qualification, will be granted a 5-year period of provisional recognition to teach in Irish national schools.  During this period, teachers must work towards meeting the Department’s Irish language requirements.

Post-primary teachers do not need to have a qualification in the Irish language unless they are employed by a Gaeltacht school or a school where Irish is the medium of instruction.

For further information please visit Citizens Information – Teacher qualifications at primary and post-primary level

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Page last checked: September 2017

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