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Education - Primary Teaching

The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) (PMEP) programme equips students with the principles, curriculum knowledge and pedagogical understanding with which to begin their teaching careers as competent and committed professionals. The programme is responsive to the changing contexts of primary education, offering student teachers opportunities to engage critically with the interface between society and education.

As with any professional course, the Professional Master of Education is intensive and requires a considerable commitment from students. It is also a rewarding and interesting experience and you will find that you have been comprehensively prepared for your teaching career.

The programme aims to develop graduates who:

Are competent, professional and knowledgeable in their approach to teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment;

Become adaptive experts and critically reflective practitioners who continue to grow and learn throughout their careers;

Facilitate the holistic development of all children in terms of their emotional, social, personal, physical, creative, spiritual and intellectual capacities, promoting their agency across all areas of school life;

Recognise and meet the needs of all learners with insight, expertise and respect;

Become collaborative, supportive and committed members of school communities, learning communities and the teaching profession;

Engage in ethical practice informed by a critical concern for social justice, equality and care and respect for others locally and globally, and recognise all children as citizens, rights-holders and active agents in their own learning.


As a student of the DCU Institute of Education you will have access to more opportunities in Teacher Education than any other Irish institution and will study in the context characterised by innovation and development, scholarship, research and excellence in teaching and learning. Embedded in our programmes is a deep commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.

You will be taught by internationally recognised experts in (primary) teacher education.Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education is confident its graduates will flourish in the challenging and complex contexts of the 21st century societies.

Entry requirements

To view Entry Requirements for DC970 (2018-2019)please go to:

Note : The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. announced changes to the minimum entry requirements for primary initial teacher education programmes on 30th January 2019. To view, click


From 2019, candidates wishing to apply for the Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching) MUST take an Oral Irish examination before applying for the programme.

Applicants are required to take Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish examination ( A minimum of 65% must be attained on this examination to be eligible to apply for the PME (Primary) programme.

● The TEG B1 Oral Irish examinations will be offered at different centres throughout the country during February 2019 at a cost of €65 ( Candidates scoring 65% and higher will be eligible to apply for the PME in Dublin City University and NUI Maynooth).

● A successful result in the TEG oral will be valid for two years before the examination needs to be retaken

● Applications for doing the TEG oral test will made directly through TEG (úduithe/teg-mgo.859.html). For entry to the PME in 2019, the closing date for applying for the TEG oral examination is January 14 2019.

● Extra TEG Exam Date: 2 March 2019 (Please note that this is an extra date that is being organised for candidates who missed the deadline for the February exams. If you are already registered for one of the Februrary dates, your exam will go ahead as arranged. February candidates will not be allowed to postpone their exam until 2 March) click here for further details.

All candidates will receive their results from TEG by 7th March 2019.

Candidates must include their results from the TEG Level B1 Oral Irish examinations as part of their application to the Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching). Applicants who are successful in the TEG B1 Oral Irish examinations and who meet all other entry requirements will be required to take a general interview as part of the entry process (Note: Shortlisting may apply).

Application will be through Post Graduate Application Centre (PAC), PAC Code DC970.

For further details on TEG please click on links below:

Leagan Gaeilge/Irish version:

Leagan Béarla/English version:


2 years Full-time

Careers or further progression

The PME is not only a gateway to the primary teaching profession, but also to a number of other careers in the areas of educational administration, consulting, content writing, research and educational policy.

Further enquiries

Tel: 01 884 2212

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