Education - Primary Teaching

Are you passionate about teaching young children? With a Professional Master of Education (PME) from Hibernia College, you can register to work as a primary teacher with the Teaching Council of Ireland. You’ll learn to nurture the intellectual and personal development of children, and have the opportunity to instil a love of learning that will remain with them their entire lives. Prior teaching experience is not required to apply. 

Our PME programme prepares students to become the best teachers they can be.

The Professional Master of Education (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 student learning. Our emphasis on research ensures that student teachers understand teaching a form of self-critical learning. Student teachers are trained to use evidence-based reflection to continually improve their practice.

Entry requirements

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.  

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Programme Structure

The PME in Primary Education is a flexible programme, but requires a full-time commitment. The following is a guideline of the commitment required: 

Online Tutorials: You should expect to have approximately 3-4 tutorials each week (Mon.-Fri.). Tutorials are 1-1.5 hours in length and occur typically between the hours of 6–9 p.m. Please note that these classes are live and you will be expected to attend at the times stated. 

Face-to-Face Lectures: You will meet approximately two Saturdays per month at a regional study centre from 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Locations for the centres are determined closer to the start of term as locations are based on where our students are located. There will also be a number of on-site weeks. 

School Experience: You will complete 24 weeks school experience in total throughout the programme. Placements are broken down into two 7-week blocks and one 10-week block. Students arrange their own placements, and at least two of the placements must be in different schools. 

Gaeltacht: You will be required to spend 4 weeks in the Gaeltacht (e.g. two weeks in each year).  


Two years (24 months)

Enrolment dates

Next start dates: Spring 2021 and Autumn 2021

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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