If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate Classics student it may interest you to know that you can use your degrees immediately and directly for more than continued academia. Becoming a teacher is quite easy.

After graduating with a BA you can obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PDE) in any National University of Ireland (NUI) or at Trinity College Dublin. There are different application processes depending on which option you choose.

Applications are made to the NUI’s and Trinity between September and December during the previous year. Although late applications are sometimes accepted, realistically you should apply for the course before December.

If you wish to study in one of the NUI’s you must first register with the Postgraduate Applications Centre. Once registered with the PAC you will be able to apply to study a PDE in whichever university you choose. Trinity is not a National University and so has its own application system.

The CAIT only advises prospective PDE applicants to apply to a university that offers teaching-methodology training for Classics. You should contact the university’s School of Education ahead of formal application to inquire whether this is indeed the case because whilst the university may accept your application it may only offer you teacher-training in say French (if that is your other degree subject) but you will not be taught how to teach Classics. This means that whilst you will teach Classics classes as part of your PDE, you will have no guidance or support in doing so and this may be detrimental to your professional development as a teacher.

The CAIT recommends that PDE applicants with Classics as one of their teaching subjects apply to the PDE programs in UCD or NUI Maynooth.

As part of the application process the universities normally require that you arrange a teacher-training placement yourself. This is where a school agrees to allow you to teach your chosen subjects on a part-time basis as part of your over-all training.

If you are applying to teach Classics as part of your PDE then you should make yourself known to the CAIT by emailing info@caiteachers.com

Although the CAIT cannot guarantee you a teacher-training placement in a school, it can at least offer you some help in your search. Ultimately however the matter of a PDE placement rests between you and the school principal.

The CAIT will always give preference to Classics graduates; that is graduates with degrees in Latin, Ancient Greek, Greek and Roman Civilisation or related fields.

Qualified but Unemployed Classics Teachers

Qualified but unemployed classics teachers should join the CAIT by clicking here. Membership is free. The only thing you are asked to do is to share an original resource. It could be a handout, a quiz or a PPT (anything really) as long as teachers can use it straight away in class. Then you will be notified of all our events and you might even join a work group or get involved with the committee and thereby keep up-to-date on best practice in Classics teaching whilst you look for a job.

Qualified Teachers from Outside Ireland

Qualified teachers from outside Ireland must first register with the Teaching Council at www.teachingcouncil.ie. The Teaching Council will assess your qualifications and decide whether or not you are qualified to teach in Ireland. You will also need to submit yourself to character vetting by the Police to prove your suitability to work with children.

Once you are fully registered and vetted you should then join the CAIT by clicking here.

Please note that the CAIT is a voluntary association of teachers. It cannot offer you a teaching job in a school. School principals hire teachers directly in Ireland. Look for teaching job vacancies in Ireland here: www.educationposts.ie and update your curriculum vitae. If English is not your native language you may also want to consider an English language proficiency exam.