How do you become a PE teacher? - 

According to the Teaching Council, in order to get recognition to teach Physical Education in Ireland you must have both of the following:

  • a degree (extending over at least 3 years) where PE is a minimum of 50% of your studies.
  • studied the methodology and practice of the teaching of PE in a post-primary school as part of the teacher-training course.

One such teacher training course is: Physical Education (FT) Grad Dip Ed, University of Limerick: Entry requirements:

  • Relevant Primary Degree at 2.2 Honours Level or higher, recognised by the Teachers' Council for the purposes of teaching P.E. - Applicants must apply to the teaching council for recognition of their degree before October prior to application.
  • Candidates will be expected to provide a portfolio of evidence of movement achievement.
  • Successful completion of an interview will be a requirement.
  • Application Deadline: Check website.
  • What if I don't have a degree related to PE?

You must have a degree recognised by the Teaching Council as being related to PE. It is possible to reapply to the CAO to do a second degree. Examples are:

Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education, University of Limerick: The B.Sc. in Physical Education is designed to qualify graduates as teachers of Physical Education in Second Level Schools. Applications through the CAO - mature students welcome and seperate form required. 4 years. 75 places.

BEd Sports Studies & Physical Education, University College Cork: Holders of the BEd in Sports Studies and Physical Education may go on to teach at second level within and outside Ireland & / or work as a sport coach in a club or a school. Entry through CAO. 10 places reserved for mature students. According to their entry requirements: To be considered as a mature student, you must have reached 23 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of the proposed entry. If you already have a degree or equivalent at time of application, the age qualification does not apply. In this instance put time and effort into your CAO application. Your completed form is an important component of the selection process. Pay particular attention to the final page of the form where you are asked for details of your education, life experience, hobbies etc. The question on your educational goals and objectives is particularly important in the assessment of your application.


Please note that there may be other courses available.

To search for courses in Ireland:

Qualifax - searchable database of all courses in Ireland

CAO - applications for undergraduate courses in Ireland

To look at courses available in the UK, start with UCAS, the applications system for all undergraduate courses in the UK.

PE Central: Becoming a PE teacher in the USA.

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