Education - Primary Teaching
The role of the primary school teacher is to educate while demonstrating respect, care, trust and integrity. Our PME programme will teach you how to nurture the intellectual and personal development of children while instilling a passion for lifelong learning in young lives. The programme will prepare you to become the best and most professional teacher you can be. Prior teaching experience is not required to apply.
The PME in Primary Education is a 120-credit award at Level 9 delivered over 24 months. It is a blended learning programme, combining online and face-to-face delivery to develop professionals positioned to be leaders in the field of primary education.
The programme consists of a sequence of modules that reflect contemporary issues in education and the skills and knowledge required to be primary school teachers who enable effective learning. Our emphasis on research ensures that student teachers engage with a process of self-critical learning. Student teachers are trained to use evidence-informed reflection to continually improve their practice.
Academic Accreditation: QQI
Professional Accreditation: The Teaching Council
Module Title Credits
101 Foundation Studies: History and Policy of Education, Philosophy of Education and Curriculum Studies 5
102 Foundation Studies: Sociology of Education and Psychology of Education 5
103 Professional Studies: The Arts Education (Visual, Music, Dance, Drama, Film and Digital) 5
104 Professional Studies: A Global Curriculum (Social and Environmental Education, GCE) 5
105 Professional Studies: Languages, Literacy and Learning 5
106 Professional Studies: Numeracy and Mathematical Understanding 5
107 School Placement 1: The Professional Teacher 10
108 School Placement 2: The Inclusive Teacher 15
109 Advanced School Placement: The Agentic Teacher 25
110 Research: Evidence-Informed Pedagogical Practice 10
111 Professional Studies: Health and Wellbeing (SPHE, PE) 5
112 Professional Studies: Science and Digital Technology Education 5
113 Inclusion, Identity and Diversity — Inclusive Pedagogy 5
114 An Ghaeilge Ghairmiúil 5
115a Outdoor Play and Learning in Early Childhood 5
115b Ag Múineadh Trí Mheán na Gaeilge/Teaching Through the Medium of Irish 5
115c Building 21st-Century Skills for Teachers and Pupils 5
115d Digital Technology — Problem Solving and Computational Thinking 5
116 Ethical Multi-Belief Education and Professional Competencies 5
An undergraduate degree at Level 8 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) which has an ECTS weighting of at least 180 credits.
The grade and subject of the degree are not relevant for the purpose of meeting the minimum entry requirements.
Please note that an NFQ Level 8 Higher Diploma on its own does not fulfil this requirement.
Department of Education Minimum Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements
Subject / Grade
C2 Higher Level H4
C2 Ordinary Level O4
E Higher Level H7
C2 Ordinary Level O4
E Higher Level H7
SPRING 2024: CLOSES 9 FEBRUARY 2024
AUTUMN 2024: CLOSES 26 JUNE 2024
Application Fee: €95
You should expect to have approximately three to four tutorials each week (Monday–Friday). Tutorials are 1–2 hours in length and occur typically between the hours of 5 PM and 9 PM. Please note that these classes are live, and you will be expected to attend at the times stated.
You will meet on Saturdays at a regional study centre from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, the number of Saturdays is dependent on which module you are undertaking, Depending on the module, attendance at F2F events on Saturday may be consecutive over a number of weekends. Locations for the centres are determined closer to the start of term because locations are based on where our students are located. There will also be a number of face-to-face weeks as well as some mid term days.
The Gaeltacht is a core part of the PME in Primary Education programme. You should expect to spend four weeks (two weeks each year) in a Gaeltacht area, and attendance on designated weeks is compulsory for registration with The Teaching Council. Please note that the College has no role in the provision of accommodation for families.
Required Study and Attendance
It is recommended that you set aside approximately 37 hours per week for study, including tutorials and classes. The programme is 24 continuous months with a short break at Christmas and in the summer. The programme is full-time, delivered through a blended learning model, and full attendance is required.
Next Intakes: Spring 2024, Autumn 2024