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Mathematics for Teaching (Level 8) - Professional Diploma

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Award: Professional Diploma

Qualification: Level 8

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 28, 2021


Ms Helen Fitzgerald
+353 (0) 61 234786
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Brief Description

Note: Selection of candidates will be random but will at all times seek to ensure that teachers across a large number of schools and across a large number of counties will have the opportunity to enrol on the PDMT.

The Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching course is aimed at 'out-of-field' mathematics teachers, to up skill them to teach mathematics. ‘Out-of-field’ mathematics teachers are those who are teaching mathematics whose qualification is NOT in the field of Mathematics’.



Why this course?
This is a bespoke programme designed to upskill out-of field registered post-primary mathematics teachers to meet current Teaching Council curricular subject requirements in Mathematics at the highest level. ‘Out-of-field’ mathematics teachers are those who are teaching mathematics whose qualification is NOT in the field of Mathematics’.

Priority will be given to:
out-of-field teachers of post-primary mathematics who are registered post-primary teachers
irrespective of employment status (e.g., casual, full-time or part-time contract).
Depending on the availability of places, consideration will also be given to unemployed registered teachers of other subjects with Leaving Certificate (OL) Mathematics grade C3/O6.
However, these applicants will have to provide evidence of their ability to meet the practical assessment requirements of the mathematics pedagogy modules.

National Programme
A partnership of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) has been established for the purpose of delivering this course, achieved by having distributed centres for the delivery of teaching and tutorial support nationally.
Where are the local centres located?

  • DCU
  • University of Limerick
  • NUI Galway
  • WIT
  • CIT
  • Letterkenny IT
  • Technological University Dublin


Programme Delivery - Every Tuesday & Thursday. Each module is 6 weeks
The programme combines online and face-to-face delivery to facilitate participation of serving teachers on a national scale.
All PDMT activities are scheduled for out-of-school times (e.g., during evenings, week-ends, term breaks and school holidays). 
Mathematics Lectures: All lectures will be delivered online.
Mathematics Tutorials and Mathematics Pedagogy Workshops: Students normally attend a local centre for their tutorials and workshops (Due to COVID 19 this will be reviewed in Semester 1 and if necessary online sessions will be scheduled instead).

The programme is structured in 6-week sessions that are superimposed on the academic and calendar years to facilitate teachers in work, during school breaks and summers. This structure promotes maximum flexibility in terms of work, study and examinations, while providing participants with some control over when and where they learn.
Programme Assessment
Mathematics modules are assessed by assignments as well as end of term examinations at the end of semester 1 and semester 2.
Pedagogy modules are assessed through a combination of workshop tasks, essays, and projects rather than supervised examinations. Participants will also compile a professional inquiry portfolio that can be maintained and updated throughout their career.

Cohort 1 (Start January 2021/End Dec 2022)
  Mathematics Modules Pedagogy Modules
AY 2020/21 3 1 Summer School
AY 2021/22 5 1 Portfolio 
AY 2022/23 2    

Participants must be a qualified post primary teacher fully registered with the Teaching Council Registration Regulation 4 of the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2009 up to 25th July 2016 or Route 2 of the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2016 and The Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 thereafter and can provide proof of registration.

Participants must complete the declaration form confirming their existing qualifications are not sufficient to meet Teaching Council criteria for the purposes of teaching mathematics at post-primary level

The course is open to 115 eligible post-primary teachers and is fully funded by the HEA.

A deposit of €250 is required to secure a place on the course. This will be refunded upon completion of the course.

What to Include with your Application Form

  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport (evidence of your legal name).
  • Your marriage certificate/deed poll certificate if your name on your qualifications is different to that on your application.
  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates/awards (and English language translation if applicable).
  • Your signed Declaration Form
  • Recognised Prior Learning Application

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
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • 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.

The programme is free to eligible post-primary teachers and fully funded by the Department of Education and Skills as part of the national strategy to support the implementation of Teacher Supply Action Plan and improve standards in mathematics education in post-primary schools by upskilling out-of-field teachers of mathematics.
A deposit of €250 is required to secure a place on the course. This will be refunded upon completion of the course.

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

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