Education - Primary Teaching

The Professional Masters of Education (Primary) is a full-time, two year course designed to equip student-teachers with the range of knowledge and skill related to the profession of primary school teaching and its curriculum. The course structure enables student-teachers to make real connections between the theory and practice of education. This is achieved through the blend of methodology and foundation discipline courses on offer.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:
(a) Minimum H2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree[1] (Major Award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or a major award at Level 9 or a major award at Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications, and

(b) one of the following sets of second level qualifications:
(i) in the Leaving Certificate Examination[2]

2019 & 2020 Entry Requirements

The Minister has decided that the minimum entry grades for entry to primary ITE programmes in 2019 and 2020 will be increased as set out below.

Irish Grade H4 (60% Maths O4 (60% English O4 (60%

H-Higher Level
O-Ordinary Level

From 2019, candidates wishing to apply for the PMEd (Primary) must take an Oral Irish examination prior to applying for the programme. Applicants are required to take the Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish examination. A minimum of 65% must be attained in this examination in order to be elgibible to apply for the PMEd programme.

Please see link to application form below:

Leagan Gaeilge:

Leagan Béarla:

In addition to this applicants must have achieved the minimum entry requirements as set out in the previous tab.

For Information on alternatives to second-level qualification in Irish, English or Maths and general information go to:


2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

The Professional Masters of Education (Primary) is designed to prepare students to be primary school teachers.

Further enquiries

Officer Rebecca Boyle
Tel: 01 4747400

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Block D, Rye Hall, North Campus,
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

The course comprises aspects of teacher education such as foundation studies (e.g. psychology, sociology, history and philosophy of education); professional skills development (e.g. developing high levels of competency in professional English, mathematics and Irish) and curriculum and methodology (e.g. pedagogy associated with the primary school curriculum).


Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
The Froebel Department's educational and research focus is on progressive child-centred education. It seeks to foster quality teaching and learning, creativity, integration and sound practical classroom practice in various settings. The Department is involved in several international education initiatives, including the Froebel and Hope Foundation Teacher Education Partnership in Kolkata, India, and the Socrates–Erasmus programme.

Application date

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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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