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.
Student Teaching Placement with Local Irish School
24/7 emergency support during placement
Problem resolution & support available 7 days/week
Process all relevant paperwork
Act as liaison between school, student, academic supervisor and University
Practical arrival information
Handbook on living in Ireland
Provide resources outlining the Irish education system and its curriculum
Arrangement of optional cultural outings
Check with your Academic Advisor about your eligibility for academic credit
Exceptional Schools Incredible Experience
Types of Schools:
We are extremely proud to be associated with the schools that participate in our student teacher program. The schools are of the highest caliber, with outstanding teachers and staff who are delighted to work with student teachers enabling them to learn, grow and flourish in their placement.
Well regarded crèche’s and Montessori schools that use the Aistear curriculum, which is the new early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland.
Primary/Elementary schools as well as Secondary schools located in the West of Ireland mainly in Mayo and Galway play host to our international students and have excellent academic and sport programs for their students.
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.
For practical experience, applicants must also have previous student teaching experience to participate in this international program.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Participants must have a very good level of spoken, reading and writing English
The Inspire Learning Westport, Ireland experience was so beneficial for me. Westport is a great location, small enough to feel right at home, but with enough shops, pubs and attractions that you never feel bored! Louise worked so hard to make us feel welcome and comfortable in all aspects. Because of their many connections in the area, we were able to make our own impact in many ways, in the town and in the schools that we were placed in. I would 100% do this experience again, and I can’t wait to return to Ireland someday soon!