Education - Post Primary Teaching

Becoming a Teacher at DCU
Do you believe that your efforts and commitments can inspire a young person to achieve great things?

As a teacher in a second-level school, it is the quality of the relationships that you form with your students that will define their experience of school and encourage, enlighten and challenge them to achieve the highest standards possible for themselves. Without doubt schools in Ireland are now defined by a diversity of races, faiths, cultures, social and economic backgrounds.

If you think you have the courage to work in this way then you should consider becoming a teacher. By contributing to the development of a young person's values and character you influence not just the quality of one person's life but the quality of the whole of society. The Professional Master of Education is a full-time teacher education qualification delivered through evening and flexible learning modes for those who hold an approved undergraduate degree and who wish to become teachers in second-level schools.

The Professional Master of Education programme is a programme of study for graduate students who wish to become second-level teachers.

The Programme aims:
To develop reflective caring teachers who are fully prepared to embark on the complex career of teaching in second-level schools.

To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for the teaching profession in relation to teaching, learning and assessment, curriculum development, pastoral care and classroom management.

To instill in Graduate Student Teachers a recognition of the importance of an equitable, student-centred approach to teaching and learning and the ability to deliver this within their own teaching.

To enable Graduate Student Teachers select from and apply a range of teaching methodologies, and pastoral care strategies appropriate to different subjects and contexts.

To develop in Graduate Student Teachers pedagogical skills in their subject specialism(s) at an advanced level, including knowledge and skills that are appropriate to their work as subject teachers at second-level.

To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the ability to enquire critically and to reflect actively on their teaching and professional practice, and to recognise the importance of this in their own lifelong learning.

To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the ability to design, implement and evaluate a range of evidence based research interventions which will act as method for integrating theory and practice across a range of educational contexts - including, but not limited to, school placement and University based activities.

To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the capacity and desire to engage in continuous professional development and lifelong learning in relation to being a teacher.

Programme Structure
The Professional Master of Education (PME) programme starts in late August each year. Students are required to complete a Placement Induction Programme which runs in advance of formal lectures. During this induction period students complete systematic observations in their host school. Formal lectures begin in September and are held in DCU St. Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm and online on a third evening. Graduate Student Teachers will participate in lectures, shared seminars, workshops and study in groups to develop their abilities in two subject pedagogies. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that upon completion of the programme you meet the General and Special Requirements of the Teaching Council in order to be able to register as a teacher of your chosen subject in a second-level school in Ireland. Students whose degree qualifies them in just one teaching subject will still be required to take a second teaching method module for the purposes of completing the PME programme.

In Year 1, you take seven modules, attracting a total of 50 credits (ECTS). In Year 2, seven modules are undertaken across both semesters, attracting 70 credits. Each module is continuously assessed, with terminal examination as appropriate. Continuous assessment is by projects, case studies, papers, presentations, reports and computer-based assignments, where relevant.

The following subject specialisms are included in the Professional Master of Education (PME) programme: English, Gaelige, Mathematics, Languages, Science (incl. Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Religious Education, History, Geography, CSPE, Accountancy, Music and Business.

School Placement
This programme includes a supervised school placement during which you will practice classroom teaching and participate in the general life of a school. You must undertake a minimum of 250 hours of teaching in a classroom, as well as systematic observation and participation in school life. Graduate Student Teachers are required to undertake two placements during the programme, one in each year. The placement is spread across all four semesters of the PME programme.

Please see information on Getting a School Placement.

Expertise and Excellence
The DCU Institute of Education is the largest provider of education and training in Ireland with more than 125 academic staff with expertise in education and over 4000 students. We take a modern, innovative and creative approach to teaching and learning.

Choice and Flexibility
Our two year flexible Professional Master of Education (PME) programme addresses the need for a flexible teacher education qualification for unqualified people who want to work in second-level schools but who are not in a position to engage in a traditional day-time programme of study.

DCU Graduate Teachers experience high employment success rates. Our school partnerships and professional development initiatives for in-service teachers ensures continued commitment to our students and beyond.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold at least a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8) that complies with the Teaching Council's Curricular Subject Requirements for at least one subject from the second-level school's curriculum.

Applicants are required to fill out the relevant Subject Self-Declaration Form(s) online during the application process. This must be completed in full as it is not possible to update this form(s) once the application is submitted.


2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
While most of our graduates will work as teachers in voluntary secondary, ETB and community and comprehensive schools, others will pursue further studies in education and related fields, such as guidance, pastoral care, school leadership and management. Others again will work in Further Education, Higher Education, government departments and other education and training settings.

As this course is fully recognised by the Teaching Council, graduates will receive appropriate salary allowances for permanent positions in second-level schools and further education colleges.

Further enquiries

Irene White
t: +353 (01) 884 2090

Application date

The application process for entry in September 2018 will close on 2nd February 2018

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