Education - Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching

Course Outline
Our Professional Master of Education in Art & Design is a new two-year full-time professional teacher education programme offered jointly by UCC and the Munster Technological University (MTU) - Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD).

This Professional Master of Education (PME) leads to a professional qualification as a post-primary teacher of Art and Design. It is recognised and accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purpose of registration as a post-primary teacher of Art and Design in both Ireland and the EU.

The programme integrates three strands of study:

- The practice of teaching Art and Design through two school placements - one per year of the programme;
- Workshop attendance to broaden subject knowledge and meet the demands of the post-primary Art and Design curricula along with exploring Art and Design Pedagogy;
- Lecture and tutorial attendance, at MTU, CCAD, and UCC. These lectures develop the requisite professional knowledge, skills, understanding and competencies of the student-teacher.

During the two-year PME (Art & Design) programme, you will be introduced to best practice in teaching, learning and educational research with special emphasis placed on meeting the diverse needs of learners, on the curriculum and on current issues in education.

Students are encouraged to integrate educational theory and practice through extensive reflection on their own professional classroom practice. They are supported in their development by experienced teachers in schools and tutored by specialist MTU, CCAD, and UCC staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers.

Placement Information
The PME-Art and Design programme is organised in partnership with second-level schools, normally located within a 50 km (30 miles) radius of Cork city. Please note given its nature this programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.

As part of their University programme, some students are required to undertake placement and training that involve dealing directly with patients, clients or service users.

Year 1
In Year 1 the responsibility for securing a placement school rests with the student. A school placement should not be secured until students have been offered a place on the programme. After an interview by the school, students are contracted until the end of the school year to carry out their teaching placement in the school where their school placement forms were signed. Students must ensure that there is a minimum of twelve students in their placement class groups for supervision purposes.

Year 2
To proceed to School Placement in Year 2 students must have passed the Year 1 placement. Each student in expected to have a contrasting placement experience in a different school context for Year 2. The placement school for Year 2 will again be selected by the student but the choice will be mediated and approved by the Head of Arts in Health and Education (MTU).

Why Choose This Course
By the end of the programme, you will have acquired the professional knowledge, the diverse subject knowledge, the understanding and the skills that you need to teach Art and Design in a secondary-level school. You will have gained practical experience in two contrasting school settings and will have developed your ability to respond flexibly to the diverse and changing needs of students aged from 12 to 18 years.

This is a transformative programme that will challenge, encourage, and invite you to question your beliefs and assumptions about the purpose of education. It is an opportunity to truly consider the nature of teaching and learning, and your role as a teacher in the 21st century.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Core Modules (60 credits):

School Placement-Related Activity
ED6322 School Placement I (20 credits)
ED6331 School Placement: Research and Professional Experiences Portfolio A (5 credits)
ED6332 School Placement: Research and Professional experiences Portfolio B (5 credits)

Practice, Curriculum, and Pedagogy of Art & Design
ED6323 The Teaching of Art and Design (5 credits)
ED6324 Curriculum-related Art and Design Practice (5 credits)

Foundation Studies
ED6301 Philosophy and History of Education (5 credits),
ED6302 Introduction to Psychology and Sociology of Education (5 credits);
ED6303 Curriculum and Assessment (5 credits)
ED6306 Inclusion-Special Educational Needs and Multicultural Education (5 credits)

Year 2 Core Modules (60 credits):

School Placement-Related Activity
ED6358 School Placement II (30 credits)
ED6341 Collaborative Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Irish Schools (5 credits)
ED6354 Literacy and Numeracy Development in the Post-Primary Classroom (5 credits)
ED6362 Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom (5 credits)

Research in Art & Design Education
ED6359 PME Professional Research Paper (10 credits)

Critical Art and Design Pedagogy
ED6353 The Teaching of Art and Design II (5 credits)

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have as a minimum requirement a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a Fine Art or Design discipline(s) that is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the teaching of art in a post-primary school. Eligible applicants will also be interviewed.

You can get further relevant information from the Teaching Council at by emailing

See also The Teaching Council Subject Registration Requirements.

In the case of overseas applicants, you will need to get clarification from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (formerly NQAI) regarding your degree.

Teaching Subjects have discipline-specific requirements and prospective applicants are advised to check the requirements for a specific subject area by consulting the following:

-Curricular Subject Requirements Registration: Registration.
-Subject Declaration Forms Link (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area): Subject Forms.

Please be advised the Teaching Council does not pre-assess qualifications for individuals who are applying for the PME Art & Design and it is up to applicants to self-assess their qualifications to ensure they meet the requirements for the PME Art & Design providers and the Teaching Council.

Please fully complete each section of the Subject Declaration Form and upload it as part of your application process.

For more information on the application process, please read the PME Art and Design Checklist.

Eligible applicants will also be interviewed, which includes the viewing of a portfolio. The details of the portfolio requirements will be sent out with the interview invitation. For more information, please read the PME Art and Design Interview Guidelines 2022.

Garda Vetting
Please note that as part of this programme students will require Garda Vetting as they will take part in a placement or UCC related activity where they will be working in an unsupervised capacity with children and/or vulnerable adults. For more information on this process please read the UCC Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Fitness to Practise
This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

Applicants wishing to pursue the PME are now eligible to apply for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) from the Department of Social Protection. See Department of Social Welfare - Back to Education.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Application dates

Closing Date: 11 March 2022.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.

5. Rounds
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates via link below.

Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

-You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
-In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
-Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
-Please add the names and addresses of two referees.

Please note that the application for the Professional Master of Education (PME) programme is made through the PAC website at (Code: PEC01).

Deferrals are not permitted on this programme.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 11 March 2022.


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