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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

Draft Entry Requirements: (Subject to Change)
Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:
(a) Minimum H2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree * (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 **
Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme)
Irish H5
Mathematics H7 or O6
English O5 or H7

H – Higher Level
O – Ordinary Level
The grades and % marks in the 1992-2016 grading scheme and the new 2017 scheme are set out at Appendix 1

(ii) in the Northern Ireland GCSE and GCE A Level Examinations: a Grade C at GCE A Level Irish; a Grade C at GCSE Level in both English and English Literature or Grade B at GCSE Level in either; and a Grade D at GCSE Level in Additional Mathematics or a Grade C at GCSE Level in Mathematics.

Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:
Alternatives to second-level qualifications in Irish, English or Maths
A Pass in a University First Arts Examination in Irish, English or Mathematics will be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination GCE/GCSE requirement for the relevant subject.

* Please note that notice of this requirement (H2.2 Bachelor Degree) which commenced in 2016 was included in the PME Entry Requirements 2014 and the PME Entry Requirements 2015.
** Please note that the overall position on minimum entry requirements from 2018 onwards are being reviewed by the Department of Education & Skills.

View other entry requirements via Application Date Weblink above.


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

Application date

Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 19th March 2018

Application will be through

Course fee

The fee

Enrolment and start dates

It is hoped interviews will take place in June 2018

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