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Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)

Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)

  • PAC CodeDC970
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Duration 2 Years

The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) (PMEP) programme equips students with the principles, curriculum knowledge and pedagogical understanding with which to begin their teaching careers as competent and committed professionals. The programme is responsive to the changing contexts of primary education, offering student teachers opportunities to engage critically with the interface between society and education.

As with any professional course, the Professional Master of Education is intensive and requires a considerable commitment from students. It is also a rewarding and interesting experience and you will find that you have been comprehensively prepared for your teaching career.

The fee for this programme in 2016 was €5,564 per annum. New fee yet to be confirmed.


The programme aims to develop graduates who:

  • Are competent, professional and knowledgeable in their approach to teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment;
  • Become adaptive experts and critically reflective practitioners who continue to grow and learn throughout their careers;
  • Facilitate the holistic development of all children in terms of their emotional, social, personal, physical, creative, spiritual and intellectual capacities, promoting their agency across all areas of school life;
  • Recognise and meet the needs of all learners with insight, expertise and respect;
  • Become collaborative, supportive and committed members of school communities, learning communities and the teaching profession;
  • Engage in ethical practice informed by a critical concern for social justice, equality and care and respect for others locally and globally, and recognise all children as citizens, rights-holders and active agents in their own learning.

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As a student of the DCU Institute of Education you will have access to more opportunities in Teacher Education than any other Irish institution and will study in the context characterised by innovation and development, scholarship, research and excellence in teaching and learning. Embedded in our programmes is a deep commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.

You will be taught by internationally recognised experts in (primary) teacher education.Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education is confident its graduates will flourish in the challenging and complex contexts of the 21st century societies.


The PME is not only a gateway to the primary teaching profession, but also to a number of other careers in the areas of educational administration, consulting, content writing, research and educational policy


General Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements & Procedure for 2017 please click on link


Closing date is 5pm on Friday 10th March 2017.

Application will be through PAC for pac code DC970  (formerly SPD PME).

Eligible applicants are required to undergo an interview and oral Irish examination (Shortlisting may apply). It is hoped interviews will take place in May. Successful applicants will be selected in order of merit determined by the results of the interview and oral Irish examination. To view DES Entry Requirements click English/Gaeilge

To view Interview Scoring Sheet Click Here

To view Oral Irish Test Grade Form Click Here

Gaeltacht Placement

Attendance and Cost:  All students who gain entry to the programme are required to attend two residential placements in the Gaeltacht. Each placement will be of two weeks’ duration. It should be noted that this is a compulsory part of the programme.  The cost of this compulsory placement will not be met by the Department of Education & Skills. 

This year the dates for the Gaeltacht placement are : Thursday August 31 to Thursday September 14 2017.