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.

Subjects taught

Year 1 2023-2024

Module Title Module Components Semester Credits Assessment
ED8033 Foundations in Education & Early Childhood Education Psychology, Philosophy, Early Childhood Education 1 5 Assignment (100%)
ED9063 Social, Environmental, Scientific and Global Studies Geography Education History Education Science Education Global Citizenship 1 7.5 Assignment (100%)
ED8090 Mathematics Education 1 2.5 Assignment (100%)
ED9045 Literacy 1 2.5 Exam (100%)
ED9046 Teagasc na Gaeilge 1 2.5 Assignment (100%)
ED8036 Learning through Arts & Movement A Drama, Physical Education 1 5 Assignment (100%)
ED8037 Learning through Arts & Movement B Visual Arts; Music Education 1 5 Assignment (100%)
ED9062 SPHE, Sociology and History of Education SPHE Sociology History of Education 2 5 Assignment (100%)
ED8039 Enabling Learning Digital Learning; Special & Inclusive Education; Assessment 1,2 5 Assignment (100%)
ED8088 Working in Schools Teaching Studies; Schools as Communities 2 5 Assignment (100%)
FN564 Gaeilge Professional language module 1,2 5 Oral & Written exam
ED8041 Professional Placement 1 PP1 2 5 Graded
ED9047 Professional Placement 2 PP2 Reflection and Analysis tutorials 1, 2 5 Pass/Fail Portfolio (P/F)
Yr1 = 60 credits

Year 2 2023-2024

Module Title Module Components Semester Credits Assessment
ED9048 Mathematics Education Mathematics Education 1 2.5 Assignment (100%)
ED9049 Literacy Literacy 1 2.5 Assignment (100%)
ED9050 Teagasc na Gaeilge Teagasc na Gaeilge 1 2.5 Assignment (100%)
ED9064 Psychology, school context and religious and ethical education Psychology; Teaching Religion and Ethics in all schools 1 5 Assignment (100%)
ED8079 Professional Placement 3 and Teaching & Learning Online SP3 1 10 Assignment & SP
ED8057 Research Project Research Methods; Research Report 1,2 10 Formative tasks & Research Report (100%)
ED8077 Professional Placement 4 SP4 2 12.5
ED8078 Professional Placement 5 SP5 2 15
Year 2= 60 credits

Entry requirements


Note: The Department of Education Entry Requirements for a Professional Masters of Education (2024) will be uploaded at, once provided by the Department of Education (date tbc)

Before making your application to DCU DC970:

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) 2024-25 are:
26th & 27th January, 9th 10th February, 2024

For entry to the PMEP application process for 2024-25, the closing date for applying for the TEG oral examination is 5pm, 8th January 2024

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 are made directly through TEG
Further information can be found on the TEG website:

Application dates

Application Deadlines
Applications will be accepted until the following date: 6th April 2024.
All entry requirements must be met before 14th July 2024.

Queries on applications may be emailed to Please include the programme code (DC970) in the subject line of your email.

Commencement of Programme: August 23rd 2024

To apply for this programme:
All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available at the Application Weblink.

Applications must include:

Academic Transcripts of Results for UG honours degree, with overall results of H2.2 or higher, (if you are in your final year of your Undergraduate Degree please upload transcripts for each year of study to date)

Evidence that you have fulfilled the minimum requirements for the following subjects:
- Gaeilge: Leaving Certificate transcript (or equivalent)
- English: Leaving Certificate transcript (or equivalent)
- Mathematics: Leaving Certificate transcript (or equivalent)

Irish language oral proficiency (65% on Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge, TEG, B1)

Passport Photograph

PMEP Additional Questionnaire (submitted within the Online Portal).

Please view the following documents for further information:
- Application Information in full DC970 PMEP Guidelines
- How achieving a place on the programme is calculated DC970 PMEP Points Scoring System
- Our list of Frequently Asked Questions from Applicants DC970 PMEP FAQs

Important Notes
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that each document submitted is valid evidence that the applicant achieved the required standard. Each document must be an official statement from a relevant institution, e.g. Certified university transcript (bearing stamp and signature), TEG certificate, school Leaving Certificate transcript (with candidate name, school name and year clearly shown). Screen shots, emails or portal page printouts will not be accepted, and your application will be declined. Please ensure to use a valid email address for the application, as updates will be provided via this address and check that spam filters are not in operation.

Please note that all PMEP students must undertake two mandatory Gaeltacht Placement periods as pert of the programme. The first mandatory placement will take place from Friday, 23rd August to Friday, 6th September, 2024, before lectures commence.




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

Commencement of Programme: August 23rd 2024

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

    Daytime,Full time

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