Education - Primary Teaching

The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) (PMEP) programme equips students with the principles, curriculum knowledge and pedagogical understanding with which to begin their teaching careers as competent and committed professionals. The programme is responsive to the changing contexts of primary education, offering student teachers opportunities to engage critically with the interface between society and education.

As with any professional course, the Professional Master of Education is intensive and requires a considerable commitment from students. It is also a rewarding and interesting experience and you will find that you have been comprehensively prepared for your teaching career.

The programme aims to develop graduates who:

Are competent, professional and knowledgeable in their approach to teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment;

Become adaptive experts and critically reflective practitioners who continue to grow and learn throughout their careers;

Facilitate the holistic development of all children in terms of their emotional, social, personal, physical, creative, spiritual and intellectual capacities, promoting their agency across all areas of school life;

Recognise and meet the needs of all learners with insight, expertise and respect;

Become collaborative, supportive and committed members of school communities, learning communities and the teaching profession;

Engage in ethical practice informed by a critical concern for social justice, equality and care and respect for others locally and globally, and recognise all children as citizens, rights-holders and active agents in their own learning.

As a student of the DCU Institute of Education you will have access to more opportunities in Teacher Education than any other Irish institution and will study in the context characterised by innovation and development, scholarship, research and excellence in teaching and learning. Embedded in our programmes is a deep commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.

You will be taught by internationally recognised experts in (primary) teacher education.Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education is confident its graduates will flourish in the challenging and complex contexts of the 21st century societies.

Subjects taught

To view subjects taught please see Provider's website.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
APPLICATIONS FOR 2022/23 will open on Monday 1st November 2021.

Note: To view Entry Requirements for DC970 (2022-2023) go to:

Candidates wishing to apply for the Professional Masters of Education (Primary Teaching) MUST take Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish examination. A minimum of 65% must be attained on this examination to be eligible to apply for the PME (Primary) programme.

The TEG B1 Oral Irish examination dates for the Professional Masters of Education (Primary Teaching) 2022-23 applications at a cost of €100 are:

- 21 & 22 January 2022
- 4 & 5 February 2022

- For entry to the PMEP application process for 2022-23, the closing date for applying for the TEG oral examination is 5pm, Wednesday 5th January 2022.

- A successful result in the TEG B1 Oral Irish examination will be valid for two years before the examination needs to be retaken

- Applications for the TEG B1 Oral Irish examination will made directly through TEG

- Further information can be found on the TEG website:
Leagan Gaeilge
English Version

Applicants who are successful in the TEG B1 Oral Irish examinations and who meet all other entry requirements will be required to take a general interview as part of the entry process (Note: Shortlisting may apply).

Further details on the application process should be viewed at the Next Steps section.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Professional Diploma Data Analytics PT (F057)

1 Year

Part Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




2 years Full-time.


ProfDip Data Analytics (F057) Part Time
EU/NONEU fee per credit - € 182.8

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

The PME is not only a gateway to the primary teaching profession, but also to a number of other careers in the areas of educational administration, consulting, content writing, research and educational policy.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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