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Education - Primary Teaching

The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) prepares graduates to enter the teaching profession. The course emphasises the acquisition of key teaching practices and students are expected to develop a wide range of practical teaching skills both during their time in MIE and on school placement.

What is the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)? The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) is designed to prepare teachers who are eligible to apply for registration as primary teachers with the Teaching Council. The course has a significant academic dimension; students are required to develop competency in educational research and to complete a dissertation on a relevant research area of their choice.

What will I study?
The course includes foundation studies, which integrate language study, history of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education, educational psychology and curriculum and assessment. In addition you will take modules in content knowledge and integrated methodologies for all subjects of the primary school curriculum. You will also conduct research in an area of special interest. Theory and practice are closely linked through a variety of cross-curricular teaching, learning and assessment approaches.

You will have the opportunity to study for a certificate in Catholic Religious Education in preparation for teaching in schools under the patronage of the Catholic Church and/or in Multibelief and Ethical Curricula in Diverse School Contexts.

Who is the course for?
The course is for graduates who already have a level 8 degree at grade II.2 or higher. Some students transfer directly from an undergraduate course to the Professional Masters of Education (Primary Teaching). Other students have spent time travelling, or working in another field before deciding to pursue a career as a primary teacher.

School placement
Students undertake an extended school placement during both years of the course. Each placement takes place over a minimum of four weeks and involves initial pupil observation, assisting the classroom teacher, and preparation for and classroom teaching of all subjects. Students are required to complete one placement in a special education setting.

As part of the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) course students must spend time, typically two two-week periods, in the Gaeltacht. The fee is paid by students directly to the Gaeltacht College.

Entry requirements

PME Entry Requirements and Procedure

The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) course has not yet been sanctioned for 2019. Online applications for 2019 entry will open after this occurs. If you would like to be added to our PME mailing list to be notified when applications open, please email

In October 2017, the then Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced changes to the minimum entry requirements for the PME. For 2019 entry, these are as follows:

•Irish: H4
•Maths: H7/O4
•English: H7/O4

Students must also have a 2.2 result or higher in a Level 8 honours degree.

Change to Entry Process for 2019

Applicants who wish to apply to the PME will be required to take the Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish Examination. Full details on this exam are available online at:

For guidelines for the TEG Level B1 Oral Irish Examination please see here.

A minimum of 65% must be obtained in the TEG exam to be eligible to apply for the PME. Evidence of this result must be included when completing the online application.

The closing date to apply for the TEG exam is 11th January 2019. The examination will take place in Maynooth University and other locations subject to demand on various dates on 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th February.

Applicants who are successful in TEG and who meet all other entry requirements will be required to take a general interview as part of the entrance process.


2 years full-time

Number of credits

ECTS Credits: 120

Careers or further progression

What are my career options?
Most graduates of the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) course become primary teachers in schools in the Republic of Ireland. Some travel abroad to teach English as an additional language or to teach in primary schools elsewhere.

What other options do I have?
In time some graduates will pursue further postgraduate studies in education at diploma, research masters or doctoral level. Such additional qualifications open up the possibilities of careers as a curriculum leader in a school, a principal teacher, a teacher educator, an educational psychologist or as an inspector with the Department of Education and Skills.

Subjects taught

Module Listing

Year 1 Teaching/Learning

School Placement/Professional Studies
• School Placement (including School Placement Studies)
• Teaching and Learning (Approximations of Practice)

Foundation Studies
• Psychology/Early Childhood Education
• Inclusive Education (including Special Education, Educational
Disadvantage & Intercultural Education)

Curriculum Studies/Subject Knowledge
• English Methods/Subject Knowledge
• Irish Methods/Subject Knowledge
• Mathematics Methods/Subject Knowledge
• Physical Education/Social Personal & Health Education
• Religious Education
• Social, Environmental & Scientific Education
• Arts Education (Visual Arts, Drama)

Year 2 Theory/Practice

School Placement/Professional Studies
• Advanced School Placement (including Advanced School
Placement Studies)
• Creative Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Foundation Studies
• Educational Theory & Practice (including History of Education/
Philosophy, Psychology/Sociology, Teacher as Researcher/
Reflective Practitioner)
• Dissertation

Curriculum Studies/Subject Knowledge
• Arts Education (Music & Integrated Arts)
• Literacy & Literature
• Teaching in Irish Medium Contexts


Award Level: NFQ 9
Awarding body: Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

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