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Teaching licences

The Act on the education, competency and recruitment of teachers and administrators of preschools, compulsory schools and upper secondary schools, No 95/2019, entered into force on 1 January 2020. On the entry into force of Act No 95/2019, the Act on the education and recruitment of teachers and administrators, No 87/2008, was repealed.

Act No 95/2019 provides for the issuing of only one type of teaching licence, replacing an earlier system, provided for by the repealed Act, whereby separate licences were issued for each school level. Previously issued licences for teaching at the preschool, compulsory school or upper secondary school levels continue to meet the conditions for licences with a specialisation for the level for which the earlier licence was issued. No new licences will be issued to those who received a licence to teach at the preschool, compulsory school or upper secondary school levels prior to the entry into force of Act No 95/2019. Teachers in possession of previously issued licences are therefore licensed to teach at the preschool, compulsory school and upper secondary school levels with a specialisation for the level for which the earlier licence was issued.

The Directorate of Education is responsible for issuing teaching licences, accepting applications only through an electronic application process. Applicants must use an electronic ID to log on to the system and digitally sign the application. Higher education institutions that educate and graduate teachers have been mandated by the Directorate of Education to issue teaching licences to their graduates.

The right to use the professional title of ‘teacher’ is restricted to persons with a teaching licence. In order to receive a teaching licence an applicant must have completed either a Master’s degree or studies equivalent to a Master’s degree and accredited by the Minister for the purposes of teaching at the preschool, compulsory school or upper secondary school levels. In addition, the applicant must possess general competency, within the meaning of Article 4 of Act No 95/2019, and have completed at least 60 credits in education and teaching studies and acquired a specialisation within the meaning of Article 5 of the Act.

A telephone line for inquiries about teaching licences is open every weekday from 10.00 am to 11.00 am. The number is 514-7500.

Act on the education, competency and recruitment of teachers and administrators of preschools, compulsory schools and upper secondary schools, No 95/2019.

 

Licences for educational and vocational guidance practitioners

The chairperson of the Evaluation Committee is Guðný Ásta Snorradóttir, who is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Committee: [email protected].

The Evaluation Committee operates a telephone line which is open every weekday from 10.00 am to 11.00 am. The number is 514-7500.

Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioners Act, No 35/2009

 

Licences for library and information science specialists

Librarians Act No 97/1984

 

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