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Professional Masters of Education

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Award: Masters

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Orla McCormack
School of Education
(061) 202760
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Brief Description

This is a two-year full-time course of study designed to enable graduates to become second level teachers. Successful candidates are recognised to teach across a range of areas including second level education, further education and community settings. 


Each discipline also has an individual director, as outlined in the table below: 

Discipline Contact name Details
Business Ger Slattery (061) 202813

Languages Dr Mary Masterson (061) 233743

Mathematics Dr Patrick Johnson (061) 202208

Music Jean Downey (061) 213160

Physical Education Dr Antonio Calderon (061) 234722

Science Dr Aishling Flaherty  (061) 234259

Technological Education Dr Diarmaid Lane (061) 213532


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 language) 
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • 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 those 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


Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency,
  • Understanding Learning
  • Planning for School Placement
  • Pedagogy modules*2
  • School Placement 1
  • Research Methods 1
  • Pedagogy modules *2
Semester 3 Semester 4
  • School Placement 2
  • Research Methods 2
  • Understanding Schools
  • Curriculum Policy and Reform History
  • Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Research and Practice Portfolio
  • Teacher as Professional Practitioner
  • Reporting Educational Research
  • Pedagogy modules*2

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules

Applicants must possess a relevant primary degree at 2.2 honours level or higher (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland 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 the relevant number of ECTS credits in the relevant subject area(s) as part of their degree (see the link in point (5) 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
  5. The Subject Declaration Form (available here) for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this course.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her primary degree meets the requirements of the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of teaching your chosen subject(s). See the relevant section on the TC website  Any successful application to join the course is subject to the individual applicant having established and declared for himself/herself that he/she has met this requirement.

Candidates may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. Part of the interview process for Language applicants will take place through the language(s) the applicant has chosen on the programme.

Please have the following documents ready to upload with your application:  (please note your application will not be processed without these required documents)

  • A form indicating which discipline(s) you are applying for -click here
  • Fully and accurately completed  ‘Subject Declaration Form(s)’ in those subjects you believe you will be qualified in
  • Qualification transcripts and awards/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)/passport

Garda clearance is also required for this programme for successful applicants. 

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.

Graduates from this course are enabled to teach a wide range of subjects across a number of programmes.  Since its inception, there has been a consistently strong demand for teachers with this qualification.  The majority of Professional Master in Education graduates opt for teaching in second-level schools.  Others have secured employment in the further education sector, the international education sector, alternative education sector, community education and adult education settings.