The Student Teach in Ireland Program

Inspire Learning offers Student Teaching Programs for Early Childhood (Montessori), Primary (Elementary) and Secondary (Middle School and High School) student teachers. Our programs are located in the beautiful West of Ireland, predominately in County Mayo. Student teachers are placed in schools that welcome the opportunity to host international student teachers; student teachers will move from observing the cooperating teacher to devising study plans to leading a class on their own.

Student teaching candidates are required to register with their home universities to obtain their requirements for earning academic credit for their student teaching experience. Participants in our Student Teach in Ireland program will be supervised by a certified Irish teacher, who will evaluate and mentor each student teacher on a weekly basis.

Program Details

Once you apply to the Student Teach in Ireland Program, your application will reviewed by a member of the Inspire Learning team. You will then be contacted either via phone, Skype/Facetime or email to learn more about your objectives for the program. After you have been accepted into the program, Inspire Learning will find a student teaching placement that best fits your professional and academic goals, language skills, and previous relevant experience.

Student teachers are assigned an Irish academic supervisor while student teaching in Ireland. Student teachers will be visited at their teaching site by their Irish academic supervisor at least twice during their placement; of course, the Irish academic supervisor is available anytime for informal calls, emails or visits should the student teachers need additional support.

Typically, the academic supervisor’s role entails coordinating with the student teacher’s University in order to provide the student teacher with a tailored program providing professional advice to the student teachers in relation to the academic aspects of teaching in Ireland. The Irish academic supervisor works on three specific areas with the student teachers:

Lesson plans: It is expected at early education and primary school level that student teachers will construct at least one formal lesson plan for each day. Secondary school student teachers will construct one lesson plan for each class level taught each day.

Thematic Unit Plan: Generally towards the end of the placement, the student teacher will plan a two-week unit of work based on a general theme (e.g. seasons, Christmas, etc.). During this period the lesson plans constructed to accompany the thematic unit plan are counted as formal lesson plans each day, so student teachers are not constructing any additional lesson plans in order to complete this task.

Reflective Journals: Each student teacher is required to write two reflective journal entries each week which show how their placement here in Ireland is benefitting them personally and professionally. Some examples of content for this journal may include: cultural differences, differences in teaching methodologies, ideas the US student teachers may try out here in Ireland, behavioral issues, etc.


Student teacher placements can be for either one half of a semester or a whole semester. Placements are generally in the beautiful West of Ireland, mainly in County Mayo. Accommodation is available through pre-approved host families or shared accommodation with other Irish teachers.

Placements are available for the following disciplines:

  • Early Education (Montessori)
  • Primary Education (approximately 5–12 years old)
  • Secondary Education (approximately 13–18 years old)



Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed three years of their Education degree – early childhood, primary (elementary), or secondary (middle school and high school) – with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Applicants must also have previous student teaching experience to participate in this international program.


Participants must have a very good level of spoken, read and writing English


Programs are available for Autumn (September) or Spring (January) start.


One half semester (approximately 8 weeks) $1,300
One full semester (approximately 16 weeks) $2,000


Customised placement
Irish Program Manager
Individual neighborhood orientation with instructions on how to get to your placement from your accommodation
Airport pick-up (Dublin placements only)
Train/bus station pick-up (placements other than Dublin)
Pre-departure guidance and handbook with information on the Irish school system
Email access to other Inspire Learning program participants in Ireland
Irish mobile phone rental
24/7 emergency support
General support 7 days/week, during business hours


Roundtrip airfare to/from Ireland
Accommodation costs (accommodation will be arranged for interns, but is not included in program cost)
Daily transport
Personal expenses


Well, what can I say about Abbie and Jessica. They are an absolute credit to the Student Teacher Program. They have brought such beautiful ideas to both of the rooms they have been in, and we will be keeping these little themes as an ongoing part of our daily structure. They have been such an asset to us, and we are so sad to lose them now! They will be sorely missed by the staff and the children here. I cannot credit them enough, and all I can say is that both girls have done you very proud!

Thank you for the prompt reply, Jana. You seem to have everything under control – you and Louise really are a dynamic duo!

I had the most amazing experience teaching in Westport! I hope to get back to visit soon, and miss everyone already. Thank you for all of your help!

I had such a fantastic time here in Ireland and at the Montessori school. I could not have asked for a better placement! I have nothing but good to say about my entire experience. It’s so wonderful to see that the school enjoyed having us there as well 🙂