The Professional Masters in Education (PME) is a required qualification for persons wishing to work as post-primary school teachers in the Republic of Ireland and a recognised teaching qualification within the EU. The aim of the course is to prepare new entrants for the teaching profession who are professional in all aspects of their work and who are knowledgeable and reflective about the aims and processes of education and are subject experts in their chosen discipline.
The 2 year full-time PME programme represents a course of professional development for teaching with a significant academic dimension.
Course components include:
(i) Foundation disciplines of education: assessment, inclusive education, history and policy of Irish education, philosophy, sociology, psychology and history of education.
(ii) Professional Studies including one specialisation related to post-primary curriculum subjects from the following set (applicants select one at application as their major subject):
• Business Studies (including Accounting and Economics);
• Mathematics (including Applied Mathematics);
• Modern Languages (including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Other Languages);
• Religious Education;
• Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
(iii) School Placement, including a substantial school-based research project completed in the second year.
(iv) Research Project/ Dissertation completed in Year 2