Education - Post Primary Teaching - Secondary

The PME course is designed to prepare high quality teachers for today's second level schools. Students undertake a study of the principles of teaching and learning, develop practical teaching skills, and engage in a supervised teaching placement in at least two second-level schools.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Applicants must hold a degree which will allow for
registration as a post-primary teacher. Registration is
managed by the Teaching Council. Entry to the course is
competitive and selection is based on a 'points' system. All
applications are made via the website


PEM01 2 years Full-time

Careers or further progression

The Professional Master of Education is the main qualification recognised by the Department of Education and Skills for teaching at second-level in Ireland. It is also recognised under the EU directives on mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

Further enquiries

Course Leaders: Angela Rickard (year 1) and Anthony Malone (year 2)
Executive Assistant: Ms Anne Lavelle (year 1) and Ms Georgina Sherlock (year 2)
Tel; (01) 708 3656

Subjects taught

Course Structure
In the first year, school placement is carried out on two full days a week in a second level school. Students spend about 65 days per year in a school. In addition students undertake taught modules on campus at Maynooth University, providing the student with a repertoire of pedagogical skills and a professional, self-analytical and reflective approach to classroom practice.


Maynooth University Department of Education is at the forefront of postgraduate teacher education, leadership, and guidance and counselling in Ireland. We are concerned with the study of education and provide an energetic, dynamic, interdisciplinary research culture. We are engaged in a broad range of educational research. We work to develop and critique the provision of education, and we provide a series of courses aimed at education professionals.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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