Prepare to Teach in Ireland


This course is designed to give student teachers from the United States and Canada the opportunity to learn more about the Irish Education System in order to prepare them to student teach in an Irish early childhood, primary or secondary school.


The course consists of two modules:

  • Irish Educational System module includes:
    • Introduction to the Irish educational system – its formation, development and organisation
    • How the Irish educational system differs from the North American style
    • Courses taught in the Irish educational system
    • Practical methods of teaching in Ireland
  • History and culture of Ireland
    • Overview of Irish history including
      • The famine
      • Emigration
      • Politics
    • Overview of Irish culture including
      • Music
      • Literature
      • Irish Language

The course will be delivered by an Irish certified teacher, mainly via lectures, seminars and cultural tours.

Program Details


8 – 29 August 2015, just prior to the start of the 2015/2016 school year


30 April 2015


West of Ireland, location is dependent upon the number of students enrolled in course.


Prepare to Teach in Ireland Course Fee $3,000 USD


Accommodation from 8 – 29 August
Course materials
Guided tours
Credit is available for the course
General support 7 days/week, during business hours


Flights to and from Ireland
Daily expenses (i.e. meals, transportation within Ireland, spending money)

Application Details

Applications can be obtained by emailing Louise Gibbons at

Applications must be accompanied by a current CV and a non-refundable application fee of $85.00 USD.

An intent to enroll deposit of $500.00 USD is payable on application. The remainder of the fee must be paid on or before the 30 May 2015.

Total payment due at application stage: $585.00 USD

The intent to enroll fee is non-refundable except in extenuating circumstances.

All refund requests must be in writing and posted to: Louise Gibbons, International Programs Manager, Inspire Learning, Broadlands, Quay Road, Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland.

INSPIRE LEARNING reserves the right to cancel the student’s application if the terms and conditions are not met.

Student accommodation will be either host family or self-catered housing; we will endeavour to comply with student’s accommodation preferences, but reserve the right to place students in the type of accommodation available at the time.


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My experience in Ireland was life-changing, breathtaking, and overall magical. From my very first day in Dublin to my last in Westport, my feelings about the place were enriched. After my experience, I had developed a love and deep respect for the people and for the land.

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Everything is going well! I think I meant to reply to your last email but then got busy and lost track. My placement has been great. Dr. Barry is very helpful and accommodating and has helped me make the most of my time here. Additionally this has been a good opportunity for me to talk to students doing their Masters or PhD because I’m headed in that direction. Thanks for checking in!

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