Education - Post Primary Teaching

Do you want to partake in the empowerment of young people aged 12-18 through education and play a part in helping each individual student in your classroom achieve their potential?

Our Master in Post Primary Education is developed by teachers for teachers to help you become a professional educator, positioned to be a leader in the field of post primary teaching. Hibernia College has a reputation for pioneering new teaching methodologies and embracing change in the ever-evolving world of education.

On this programme, you will specialise in two post primary level subjects and your enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, these subjects is what will enable you to foster a love of learning in your future students.

It is not a requirement to have prior teaching experience to be eligible to apply for this course.

Is this programme for me?
The Post Primary teaching course is for those who want to effect change in a meaningful way, by realising the talents and passions of their students and encouraging young people to utilise and get the most out of their abilities.

You understand that the role of the teacher is to facilitate the academic and personal growth of your students, allowing them to develop appropriate skills and social abilities.

You are passionate about your two teaching subjects and it is this passion and subject mastery that will motivate and foster a love of the subject material in your students, thereby ensuring that they bring as much learning as possible with them in to their future endeavours.

You believe in the importance of engaging with students beyond the classroom. Extracurricular activities allow you to build rapport with your students and staff alike.

Post Primary Teaching Course

The Master in Post Primary Education is a 120-credit award at level 9 and the duration of the programme is two years. It is a blended learning programme, combining online content, virtual learning environments and face-to-face delivery to develop professionals and experts who are positioned to be leaders in the field of post-primary education.

The PME in Post Primary Education at Hibernia College consists of a sequence of modules that reflect the contemporary issues faced by post primary teachers today and the skills and knowledge required of them in order to be expert teachers who enable effective student learning. In particular, it recognises the importance of ensuring that student teachers consider that teaching itself is understood and practised as a form of self-critical learning by them; learning that is driven by inquiry, reflection and improvements based on evidence (Teaching Council 2011).

The content, learning and assessment processes of the programme aim to provide skills and knowledge such that student teachers understand the role of the teacher as a professional, reflective and reflexive practitioner.

There is a highly favourable employment outlook for our post primary school teaching graduates due to the demographic explosion in Ireland, the short term shortage in the number of newly qualified teachers resulting from new Teaching Council requirements, and the increasing international demand for Irish trained teachers.

The Hibernia College Post Primary Schools Partnership Programme (PPSPP)

The PPSPP is a partnership between Irish post primary schools and Hibernia College. It aims to create a positive, supportive and progressive learning and practice environment for graduate student teachers (GSTs) on teaching placements in schools. Hibernia College students must complete three blocks of school experience/professional practice of seven, seven and ten weeks' duration as part of their Professional Master of Education programme. School Experience is the cornerstone of the programme when students are afforded an opportunity to engage in classroom practice in two subject areas and acquire the teaching skills and competencies required to fully participate in all aspects of post primary school life.

Benefit to Schools

There is strong evidence that schools which partner in Initial Teacher Education benefit in many ways. This is a powerful professional development opportunity for co-operating teachers, mentors and the wider school community. Mentoring requires the development of leadership skills, invites a re-evaluation of the mentor's own practice, exposes the school to new resources and fresh approaches, and offers mentors access to a mentor network, where best practice can be shared and research and other career-focused networks can be forged.

Entry requirements

All applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

Level 8 degree

English qualification

Level 8 Degree
Applicants are required to have a Level 8 degree, which satisfies the curricular subject criteria which are set and regulated by the Department of Education and Skills in association with the Teaching Council of Ireland, and which must be satisfied independently of Hibernia College's entry requirements.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether their specific qualifications are in accord with the Teaching Council requirements, satisfying the general and specific criteria for post primary registration purposes. As part of your PME Post Primary application, you are required to complete a subject declaration form for all subjects you are qualified to teach and which you are seeking to have recorded on the Teaching Council's Register of Teachers. Teaching Council regulations stipulate that, in addition to holding a Level 8 degree (or equivalent) on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, you must meet the requirements for at least one post primary curricular subject. The requirements for all qualifying subjects are set by the Teaching Council.

Applicants must follow the Teaching Council guidelines:

1.Click on the subject(s) of your choice and complete the form.

2.Please ensure that all details on the form are correct, that you hold a Level 8 degree (or equivalent) and the requisite total number of ECTS credits in the relevant subject.

3.Print the form, sign it and return it with the other documentation requested. This form must be returned to Hibernia College with your application form and transcripts. This form will be submitted to the Teaching Council if your application to this programme is successful.

English Requirement

In addition to the above, Hibernia College requires all applicants to possess:

A minimum grade C (Ordinary Level) or grade D (Higher Level) in Leaving Certificate English


A minimum grade C in GCSE English or minimum grade C in GCSE English Literature


An equivalent qualification and standard in English

Additional Information

Note 1: Applicants who are unsure of the level of their primary degree should contact the conferring college or university or contact QQI.

Note 2: Hibernia College is in no way responsible for the assessment of qualifications for the purpose of registration. While we will make every effort at the time of application to notify applicants if we believe there may be a concern with their qualification, the fact that they are accepted on to the Professional Master of Education programme does not mean their degree will be recognised for entry on to the Register of Teachers by the Teaching Council. Hibernia College will not be held responsible if a graduate of the Professional Master of Education is refused admission to the Register of Teachers on the basis of an erroneous declaration at the point of application and admission to the programme.

Note 3: There are no concessions for mature students. All applicants must meet the same minimum entry requirements to be considered for admission to the programme, and all applicants who meet those requirements will be called for interview.

Note 4: All students entering the programme will be subject to Garda vetting. Students successful in securing an offer of a place on the programme will be advised that all offers are subject to a satisfactory Garda vetting


2 years

12 to 15 hours per week of on-demand online lectures and self-study

Approximately 2 to 4 hours per week of live online tutorials

School Experience

24 weeks undertaken in three schools - 2 blocks of 7 weeks and 1 block of 10 weeks.
This includes periods of observation, engagement in wider school activities, reflection and evaluation

Onsite Delivery at Weekends

Students attend on site workshops and conference days on Saturdays. At times during the programme, this commitment is every Saturday

Further enquiries

Phone: +353 (0)1 661 0168

Subjects taught

Programme Structure

On-Demand Content
12 to 15 hours per week of on-demand online lectures and self-study

Online Tutorials
Approximately 2 to 4 hours per week of live online tutorials

School Experience
24 weeks undertaken in three schools - 2 blocks of 7 weeks and 1 block of 10 weeks.

This includes periods of observation, engagement in wider school activities, reflection and evaluation

Onsite Delivery at Weekends

Students attend on site workshops and conference days on Saturdays. At times during the programme, this commitment is every Saturday

Indicative Calendar
April 2017 Orientation (Dublin)
September - October 2017 School Experience block 1: 7 weeks
February - March 2018 School Experience block 2: 7 weeks
September - November 2018 School Experience block 3: 10 weeks
April 2019 Programme ends
November 2019 (TBC) Graduation (Dublin)


Professional accreditation: The Teaching Council

Academic Accreditation: QQI (Formerly HETAC)

Assessment method


Assessment is conducted through a combination of written exam and continuous assessment, including assessment of your school placements.

The Research Methods module enables students to write a 10,000 word research dissertation.

Application date

Final Application Deadline: Friday, 17th February 2017


All applicants who are deemed to have met the entry requirements and who have submitted a fully completed application form, with supporting documentation and payment of the application fee, will be interviewed.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit their completed application form as early as possible.

Course fee

Application Fee: €95
Course tuition fees: €12,700

Fees are payable as follows:
Deposit (paid on acceptance of place): €1,000
Year 1: €8,000
Year 2: €3,700

Graduation: approx. €100

Payment of course fees can be made by cheque, bank draft, postal order or via Paypal. The application fee and deposit are paid by credit or debit card via Paypal and must be made in full before the start of the course.

Fees are subject to change.

Tax Relief
Tax relief on the course tuition fees is available to students at the standard rate of income tax (currently 20%) for the relevant tax year. More details are available on the Irish Revenue website.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Dates:
September and April

Next Intake: Spring 2018

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