Subject Declaration Forms Revised
Subject Declaration Forms (SDFs) have been revised from 2021 onwards by The Teaching Council. The new SDFs reflect the revised curricular subject requirements for anyone seeking to register with The Teaching Council from 1 January 2023.
As a result, all applicants to the Professional Master of Education (PME) in Post-Primary Education from 2021 onwards must complete the revised forms. If you are beginning to think about applying to the PME, SDFs are an essential part of the application process. You can read more about how to complete SDFs here. We outline the basics below.
Our enrolment advisors are available for any queries about SDFs. You can reach us Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (01) 661 0168 (option two).
What are Subject Declaration Forms?
Subject Declaration Forms determine if applicants to a PME programme meet the requirements for at least one post-primary curricular subject. The SDF outlines the credits and modules you need to have completed in your Level 8 degree (or equivalent) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) to register to teach a subject. The requirements for all qualifying subjects are set by The Teaching Council — the professional standards body for teaching in Ireland.
Your degree must match directly to at least one Leaving Certificate subject. Hibernia College currently offers the following teaching subjects: Gaeilge, English, French, Spanish, German, History, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business, Economics and Agricultural Science.
While you are studying on the programme, Hibernia College will forward your SDFs to The Teaching Council for review.
Why are SDFs important?
The Teaching Council uses SDFs to register newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and record their curricular subject(s) on the Register of Teachers of Ireland. PME programmes use SDFs to ensure, to the best of their ability, that graduates of the programme will be able to register with at least one curricular subject. Ultimately, SDFs help to show that NQTs have the background and expertise to teach secondary students in particular subject matter. They contribute to helping students to get the best education possible.
Who completes Subject Declaration Forms?
Any applicant to a PME in Post-Primary Education must complete Subject Declaration Forms. It is the applicant’s responsibility to assess if their specific qualifications are in accordance with The Teaching Council requirements, and that they meet the general and specific criteria for registration purposes.
When do I complete the Subject Declaration Forms?
Subject Declaration Forms must be completed when submitting an application to a PME programme. We advise that you determine if you meet your subject requirements before starting the application process.
Where can I find SDFs?
You can access the revised Subject Declaration Forms here.
Contact us for assistance
Completing The Teaching Council Subject Declaration Forms is an important step on the road to becoming a post-primary teacher.
Feel free to contact us for assistance Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by emailing email@example.com or by phoning (01) 661 0168.
We are happy to help you navigate the way.