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Mathematics - Post Primary Teaching

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.

Programme Content
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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a relevant primary degree at 2.2 honours level or higher (Level 8 - QQI or equivalent) or be about to graduate with such a degree. 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 on the 16th October 2014 at 17:00 in the University of Limerick (Further details to follow).
Candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

Applicants with Engineering Degrees please note:
It has been identified recently that Engineering degrees are not meeting the requirements for Mathematics teaching at second level. Therefore The Teaching Council has in consultation with The Open University identified a module that Engineering graduates can complete in order to obtain recognition for Mathematics. The module is called M208 and is run through The Open University. Please contact the Teaching Council of Ireland for further information on this.

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

What to Include with your Application:
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translation of your qualification(s)/certificate(s) where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate.
•Subject Declaration Form

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


2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The Professional Master of Education (Mathematics), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Mathematics Teaching), is a post-graduate programme which qualifies the holder of a primary degree in mathematics as a second level mathematics teacher as recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Further enquiries

Course Director,
Dr Patrick Johnson,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Limerick,
Phone: 353-61-202208

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Semester 1 (Autumn):
Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency,
Understanding Learning
Planning for School Placement
Mathematics Pedagogy Number Theory and Proof

Semester 2 (Spring):
Understanding Teaching and Learning
School Placement 1
Research Methods 1
Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Year 2:
Semester 1 (Autumn):
Understanding Schools
School Placement 2
Research Methods 2
Statistics and Probability Knowledge for Teaching

Semester 2 (Spring):
Curriculum Policy and Reform
History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
Research and Practice Portfolio
Teacher as Professional Practitioner
Reporting Educational Research
Mathematical Modelling and Applications


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.

Application date

Application Deadline: 4th March 2017.

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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