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Physical Education - Post Primary Teaching

The Professional Master of Education in Physical Education is a full-time two-year initial teacher education to prepare graduates for a professional teaching qualification in physical education. Graduates will be skilled in designing instructionally aligned, evidence-based physical education programs. The course culminates with a demonstration of the:
- ability to conduct applied research resulting in a research paper
- achievement of Teaching Council professional expectations for teachers documented in a professional portfolio.

The aims and objectives of this teacher education programme, which culminates in a professional teaching qualification, reflect our commitment to the development of caring, competent, critical and reflective teachers who have the following dispositions, skills, and content knowledge:

Graduates will have a willingness and capability to monitor their own growth and use that learning to improve the teaching and learning process

Graduates will be knowledgeable about planning, contemporary curriculum and assessment policy and practice, school contexts, and educational reform in the Irish context.

Graduates will be knowledgeable about students and theories of learning and child development in support of psychologically and physically safe, and supportive learning environments.

Graduates will have an understanding of key principles, concepts, and skills of Physical Education and are knowledgeable of contemporary developments in their subject matter.

Graduates are committed to life long learning, drawing on their practical knowledge and theory to improve teaching and learning for students.

Graduates will be concerned with enhancing pupil learning and their development as persons who support a just and equitable Irish society. They respect pupils as critical inquirers about education, sport, dance, health, fitness and exercise and promote their enthusiasm for health and well-being.

Graduates will develop care and concern for the personal welfare and development of pupils and the promotion of social justice in society as well as fairness, inclusion, and equity in physical activity environments and school/community settings.

The graduates have a critical and reconstructive approach to teaching as a profession.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a 2.2 degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or equivalent) in a relevant Physical Education/Sport Sciences discipline.

In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, when applying for a place on the Professional Master of Education programme, the PME applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form, that he/she:

1.Holds/will hold, by the date of commencement of the PME programme, a level 8 honours degree.

2.Has studied 60 ECTS credits in the relevant subject area(s) as part of their degree (see the link in point (4) below).

3.Has studied higher level degree content related to the subject area(s) in year 3 or 4 of their degree.

4.Has covered, as part of their degree, the mandatory topics/subjects as set out in the Teaching Council subject requirements which can be found at:

The Subject Declaration Form (which is available here) for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this programme. We will be holding an information evening on how to complete the Subject Declaration Form for interested applicants at various times during the autumn (Further details to follow).

All suitable applicants must attend an interview. The focus of the interview is on practical content knowledge, ability to communicate, experience and insights gained from work with children and youth, insights gained from teaching experiences, and dispositions for teaching.

Garda clearance is also a requirement for this programme.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A

GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

What to include with your application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
•Subject Declaration Form


2 Years Full-Time

Careers or further progression

Professional teaching qualification in Physical Education.

Further enquiries

Course Director:
Melissa Parker
Dept. of Physical Education and Sport Science
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
Phone: 00 353 (0) 61 234674

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Semester 1
EN6151 Becoming a Teacher: Identity & Agency ECTS 6
EN6161: Understanding Learning ECTS 6
EN6171: Planning for School Placement ECTS 6
PY 6011: Curriculum and Assessment in Physical Education ECTS 6
PY6021: Teaching Physical Education ECTS 6

Semester 2
•EN6152: Understanding Teaching & Learning
•EN6162: School Placement 1
•EN6010: Research Methods 1
•PY6012: Applying Research to Practice in Physical Education 1

Semester 3
EN6153: Understanding Schools - ECTS 3
EN6163: School Placement 2 - ECTS 18
EN6210: Research Methods 2 - ECTS 6
PY6003: Applying Research to Practice in Physical Education 2 - ECTS 3
EN6162: School Placement 1 - ECTS 18
EN6010: Research Methods 1 - ECTS 6
PY6012: Applying Research to Practice in Physical Education 1 - ECTS 3

Year 2 - Semester 4
EN6054: Curriculum Policy and Reform - ECTS 6
EN6064: History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education - ECTS 6
EN6084: Teacher As Professional Practitioner - ECTS 3
EN6074: Research and Practice Portfolio - ECTS 3
EN6094: Reporting Educational Research - ECTSD 6
PY6004: Physical Education Teachers Becoming Lifelong Learners - ECTS 6

Application date

Application Deadline: 17th February.

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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