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 course aims to prepare new entrants for the teaching profession who are subject experts in their chosen discipline, are knowledgeable, creative and reflective about the aims and processes of education and who are professional in all aspects of their work. The 2 year full-time PME programme provides a holistic programme for the preparation of individuals for a career in the teaching profession through the development of critical and analytical skills, creative methods and strategies for teaching and a reflective professional approach to teaching and learning. Students undertake specialised pedagogical studies related to post-primary curriculum subjects from the following set (applicants select one at application as their major subject, where available):
•Business Studies (including Accounting and Economics);
•Mathematics (including Applied Mathematics);
•Modern Languages (including French, German, Italian, Spanish and other Curricular Languages);
•Science (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
In addition to this, the programme components include:
•Foundation disciplines of education: assessment, inclusive education, history and policy of Irish education, philosophy, sociology, psychology and history of education.
•School Placement modules in each year of the programme undertaken in a post-primary school within a radius of 35 km (one way, 70 km return) from Dublin city centre.
•Research Dissertation completed in Year 2.