The Professional Master of Education (Mathematics) is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to train specialist mathematics teachers for Irish post-primary schools. It facilitates an interactive and imaginative approach to teaching mathematics at post-primary level in order to enhance school students' mathematics learning and performance. Candidates shall normally be required to hold a Level 8 degree (NQAI) (Hons 2.2 or above) having graduated (or about to graduate) from an undergraduate degree programme that is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of pursuing a teaching qualification in mathematics at post-primary level.
The aims of the programme are to ensure that successful graduates:
achieve a professional qualification in mathematics teaching (post-primary)
acquire the extensive and complex integrated knowledge base that is necessary for effective mathematics teaching at second level
demonstrate an ability to integrate this mathematics knowledge for teaching into professional practice as novice mathematics teachers
achieve a high standard of practical competence in mathematics teaching during their school placement.
The programme will cater for two categories of students from the pool of candidates, category A and B.
Category A: Graduates from recognised undergraduate mathematics programmes which are theoretically based and have the specified entry requirements.
Category B: Graduates from recognised undergraduate mathematics programmes which are applications/applied in nature and have the specified entry requirements.
Successful candidates will be assigned to the appropriate mathematics sub-stream by the Course Director after consultation with the relevant mathematics representative on the course board.