Important Dates: The first round of interviews will take place in early March.
The Professional Master of Education is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to qualify post-primary teachers in the following disciplines:
•Business (Accounting, Business, Economics)
•Languages (French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish, English as a second language (ESL can only be taken when studying a MFL)
•Science (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
•Technological Education (Engineering, Technology, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics)
Students who meet Teaching Council requirements, may decide to specialise in one or two disciplines as listed above. Please note that a minimum number of students are required before a discipline will run.
The aims of the programme are to ensure that successful graduates:
•Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of education and the education system
•Display a high level of expertise in relation to their subject area and pedagogical approaches that maximise student development
•Develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and self-evaluation
•Use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to cater for a diverse range of learning needs
•Integrate theories and principles of education in a teaching setting
•Conduct and apply research in a teaching context
•Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong personal and professional development using tools such as the professional portfolio and reflective practice
•Know and uphold the core values and professional commitments, which are set out in the Teaching Council's Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers
Professional Master of Education: Business
This two year Level 9 qualification sets about generating a wide spectrum of capabilities for the modern business teacher. In addition to generating leadership of learning in any combination of the three core subject areas (Business, Accounting or Economics), competence and expertise is cultivated in Entrepreneurship Education/ Enterprise Education; Business input into Transition Year and LCVP/LCA learning areas; Project work in business topics, in line with curricular developments, coupled with capacity to promote learning using appropriate ICT pedagogical supports.
Professional Master of Education: Languages
The Languages stream of the PME programme is a two-year, full-time Level 9 programme that aims to be creative, innovative and consistent with good practice internationally. The programme is a required qualification for individuals wishing to work as post-primary school teachers of languages in Ireland. It aims to develop competence and appropriate expertise, both disciplinary and pedagogical in the chosen subjects. Applicants shall normally be required to hold a minimum of an honours 2.2 Level 8 degree.
Professional Master of Education: Mathematics
This is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to train mathematics teachers for Irish postprimary 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 while deepening and enriching the prospective teachers' knowledge and understanding of mathematics. Applicants shall normally be required to hold a minimum of an honours 2.2 Level 8 degree.
Professional Master of Education: Music
The Music stream of the Professional Master of Education is taught at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and is specially designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to become teachers of music. This course will prepare you to teach music in innovative and creative ways and will introduce you to research in music education. PME Music students demonstrate the ability to adapt specialist knowledge to the music classroom and to plan appropriate courses in music education with a specific focus on effective teaching of composition, performance, improvisation and listening to music.
Professional Master of Education: Physical Education
The Physical Education pathway of the Professional Master of Education is a fulltime two-year initial teacher education to prepare graduates for a professional teaching qualification in physical education. This course will prepare teachers skilled in designing instructionally aligned, evidence-based physical education programs. PME Physical Education students will gain cutting edge knowledge regarding the content and implementation of Junior Cycle, Senior Cycle, and Leaving Certificate Physical Education.
Professional Master of Education: Science
The Science stream of the Professional Master of Education is a two-year full time programme designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to become postprimary teachers of junior cycle science and one of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Agricultural science to Leaving Certificate. Building on the Level 8 background of the graduate student, this programme promotes inquiry based learning as well as enhancing students understanding of contemporary issues relating to science and nature of science.
Professional Master of Education: Technological Education
The technology stream of the Professional Master of Education is a two-year full-time programme designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to become postprimary teachers of technology subjects including; Engineering, Technology, Construction Studies, and Design & Communication Graphics. Building on the Level 8 background of the graduate student, this programme promotes an interactive and creative approach to becoming a teacher of technology subjects.