Education - Post Primary Teaching - PME

Trinity College Dublin

Education - Post Primary Teaching - PME

The programme achieves a high level of integration between theoretically informed professional studies, the foundation disciplines and school placement providing for a coherent, holistic student experience across a range of sites of practice. The student experience is underpinned by research-informed teaching, which facilitates student teachers to engage with research as an integral part of their postgraduate education throughout the programme.

On entering the programme, students are embarking on a process of professional development which continues through to their induction and probation as a newly qualified teacher and then on to continuing their professional development as an experienced teacher. The two-year full-time programme of initial Teacher Education constitutes the first stage of this process, primarily a programme of professional development with a significant academic dimension. There is a clear emphasis on the acquisition of key teaching competences and students are expected to develop the competences both during their time in university and while on school placement.

Subjects taught

The 2-year full-time PME with specialisms in nine post primary curriculum subjects. Applicants select one at the time of application as their Major subject; Business Studies (including Accounting and Economics); English; Geography; History.; An Ghaeilge; Mathematics (including Applied Mathematics); Modern Languages (including French, German, Italian, Spanish and other curricular languages; Music: Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

The programme consists of four components which work together in a spiral, iterative manner:

Foundation of Education disciplines aim to provide aspiring teachers with the critical theoretical knowledge necessary to underpin their professional practice.

Professional Studies focus on the student teacher’s specific subject area. These modules work together to develop student teachers’ competence and confidence teaching their chosen subjects.

School Placements in Year 1 and Advanced School Placement in Year 2 are major elements of the programme and students are accepted for the programme must source these placements these two placements in two different schools within 85km of the university.

Electives modules, which can include: Literacy and Numeracy; Citizenship Education within Wellbeing; Global Citizenship Education; Drama in Education; Arts Education; Irish Traditional Music; and History of Education.

Students will be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to reflect on their periods of School placement and academic studies in education and to complete a substantial research project (10,000-word thesis).

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants must be university graduates, with an honours Bachelor degree that includes, as a substantial component, at least one subject from the list of those taught at Leaving Certificate level in Ireland. Applicants should be aware of specific entry criteria to the teaching profession which are set and regulated by the Department of Education and Skills in association with the Teaching Council of Ireland, and which must be satisfied independently of the School of Education’s entry requirements. The School of Education is committed to ensuring an inclusive approach to education with a broad and diverse teaching profession. We shortlist and interview candidates on the basis of their degree award and their professional and life experiences.

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Application dates

Closing Date: 20th March 2024
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2 years full-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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Career Opportunities
This course provides a holistic programme to prepare graduates for a career in the teaching profession through the development of critical and analytical skills, creative methods and strategies for teaching and a reflective professional approach to teaching and learning.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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