Education - Post Primary Teaching -PME

Course Description
The Professional Masters in Education (PME) is a required qualification for those 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);
• English;
• Geography;
• History;
• An Ghaeilge;
• Mathematics (including Applied Mathematics);
• Modern Languages (including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Other Languages);
• Music;
• Religious Education;
• Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

(iii) School Placement in Year 1 (Block placement) and Advanced School Placement in Year 2 (Block placement) which must be undertaken in a post-primary school within the designated TCD School of Education school radius of 35 km (one way, 70 km return).

(iv) Research Project/ Dissertation completed in Year 2.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be university graduates, with an honours Bachelor degree that includes, as a substantial component, at least one subject from the list of those taught at Leaving Certificate level in Ireland. Applicants should be aware of specific entry criteria to the teaching profession which are set and regulated by the Department of Education and Skills in association with the Teaching Council of Ireland, and which must be satisfied independently of the School of Education's entry requirements.

Please see the full PME course listing on the School of Education website for further details, including Teaching Council subject-specific requirements.


2 years full-time

Further enquiries

Course Coordinator Mark Prendergast 
Telephone Number +353-1-896 1488 

Application date

Closing Date: 22 February 2019

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2019

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