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  • Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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  • Full time
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Application Date

Closing Date: 04/December/2015.

Applications for entry in September 2016 applications MUST be submitted online with course code DC905 by 4th December 2015. All applications are made through http://www.pac.ie

Queries on completed applications may be emailed to registry@dcu.ie

PAC Application Information

For Application dates, please click on the 'Application Weblink' or 'Course Web Page' links below.

Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)
The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) is based in Galway. It is an application centre that provides the facility for applicants to apply online for Postgraduate taught programmes at DCU. There are currently 89 DCU courses available through PAC.

Applicants apply for DCU postgraduate courses online at www.pac.ie. Applicants can apply for up to three programmes when making an application to DCU on PAC. Programmes should be selected in order of preference as sequential processing and assessment of programmes mean that if an applicant is offered their first choice no further assessment of the other programmes is made. The cost of applying is €50 and is a non-refundable fee payable to PAC.

All documentation relevant to the application should be posted to PAC at the following address:-

Postgraduate Application Centre
1 Courthouse Square

On receipt of the application fee PAC scans all documentation onto the system for review at DCU. Applicants are notified by email as each step of the review route is progressed. It is therefore, imperative that applicants have a secure email account and review it regularly for updates, as no other means of communication between DCU and prospective applicants will be used.

To assist in each stage of the application process web links are provided both on the PAC system and here on our webpage. These links, listed opposite, can be reviewed prior to making an application or dipped into during the process. They provide relevant information from the initial stage of making an application to accepting an offer online. Applicants also have the facility to pay the initial deposit online on accepting and subsequent fees.

Application Weblink



2 years full-time (evenings).

Link to Course Fee


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold at least a primary degree that complies with the Teaching Council's Curricular Subject Requirements for at least one subject from the second-level school's curriculum. In addition you must have the following.

◾Two references (including current or most recent employer)
◾Guaranteed placement with 12-18 year olds in a recognised school/college
◾Be available to attend for interview prior to the start of the programme
◾Relevant experience (desirable)

Applicants MUST complete and return the following four supplementary forms with your PAC number directly to:

Postgraduate Applications Centre,
1 Courthouse Square,

within 14 days of making your application online:

1.Consent Form
2.Reference Form
3.Subject Form
4.Placement Form

Applicants must also consult the Teaching Council's Curricular Subject Requirements for the subject(s) they wish to teach and complete the relevant Teaching Council's Subject Declaration Form which should be returned with the above forms with your PAC number directly to Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway within 14 days of making your application.

Please note that canvassing of any kind will disqualify an applicant. Furthermore, we do not discuss any aspect of an application with third parties. All offers of a place on the PME programmes will be made through the email address you provide with your online application. It is your responsibility to monitor your PAC account for a change in status. Those who are placed on waiting lists should be particularly mindful of this and all applicants who are offered a place on the programme should ensure that they confirm acceptance by the due date otherwise the place will be offered to the next applicant on the waiting list.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here: http://www.dcu.ie/international/index.shtml


Why DCU?
◾DCU is the largest centre for education and training in Ireland.
◾We take a modern and creative approach to teacher education.
◾We link initial teacher education programmes to professional development.
◾DCU graduates in teacher education are highly regarded.

Course Content

Degree Information:
Do you believe that your efforts and commitments can inspire a young person to achieve great things?

As a teacher in a second-level school, it is the quality of the relationships that you form with your students that will define their experience of school and encourage, enlighten and challenge them to achieve the highest standards possible for themselves.

Without doubt schools in Ireland are now defined by a diversity of races, faiths, cultures, social and economic backgrounds. If you think you have the courage to work in this way then you should consider becoming a teacher.

By contributing to the development of a young person's values and character you influence not just the quality of one person's life but the quality of the whole of society.

The Professional Master of Education addresses the need for a flexible evening teacher education qualification for those who hold an approved undergraduate degree and who wish to become teachers in second-level schools.

Aims and Objectives:
The Professional Master of Education programme is a programme of study for Graduate Student Teachers who wish to become second-level teachers.

The Programme aims:
◾To develop reflective caring teachers who are fully prepared to embark on the complex career of teaching in second-level schools.

◾To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for the teaching profession in relation to teaching, learning and assessment, curriculum development, pastoral care and classroom management.

◾To instil in Graduate Student Teachers a recognition of the importance of an equitable, student-centred approach to teaching and learning and the ability to deliver this within their own teaching.

◾To enable Graduate Student Teachers select from and apply a range of teaching methodologies, and pastoral care strategies appropriate to different subjects and contexts.

◾To develop in Graduate Student Teachers pedagogical skills in their subject specialism(s) at an advanced level, including knowledge and skills that are appropriate to their work as subject teachers at second-level.

◾To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the ability to enquire critically and to reflect actively on their teaching and professional practice, and to recognise the importance of this in their own lifelong learning.

◾To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the ability to design, implement and evaluate a range of evidence based research interventions which will act as method for integrating theory and practice across a range of educational contexts - including, but not limited to, school placement and University based activities.

◾To develop in Graduate Student Teachers the capacity and desire to engage in continuous professional development and lifelong learning in relation to being a teacher.

Programme Structure:
The Professional Master of Education (PME) programme starts in late August each year. Students are required to complete a Placement Induction Programme which runs in advance of formal lectures. During this induction period students complete systematic observations in their host school. Formal lectures begin in September and are held in DCU on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm and online on a third evening. Graduate Student Teachers will participate in lectures, shared seminars, workshops and study in groups to develop their abilities in two subject pedagogies. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that upon completion of the programme you meet the General and Special Requirements of the Teaching Council in order to be able to register as a teacher of your chosen subject in a second-level school in Ireland. Students who's degree qualifies them in just one teaching subject will still be required to take a second teaching method module for the purposes of completing the PME programme.

In Year 1, you take seven modules, attracting a total of 50 credits (ECTS). In Year 2, seven modules are undertaken across both semesters, attracting 70 credits. Each module is continuously assessed, with terminal examination as appropriate. Continuous assessment is by projects, case studies, papers, presentations, reports and computer-based assignments, where relevant.

The following subject specialisms are included in the Professional Master of Education (PME) programme: English, Gaelige, Mathematics, Languages, Science (incl. Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Religious Education, History, Geography, CSPE, Accountancy, Music and Business.

School Placement
This programme includes a supervised school placement during which you will practice classroom teaching and participate in the general life of a school. You must undertake a minimum of 250 hours of teaching in a classroom, as well as systematic observation and participation in school life. Graduate Student Teachers are required to undertake two placements during the programme, one in each year. The placement is spread across all four semesters of the PME programme.

Subjects Taught

Programme Academic Structure for 2015 - 2016, Professional Master of Education

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Year 1 Core Modules:
ES538 School Placement
ES544 Schooling and Society
ES556 Philosophy of Education
ES558 Individual Differences in Human Development
ES589 Research Design & Methodologies for Education
ES591 Mediation Skills for the Secondary Education

Year 1 Optional Modules:
ES562 Teaching and Learning in English Education
ES563 Teaching & Learning in Mathematics Education
ES564 Modhanna Teagaisc Speisialta sa Ghaeilge
ES565 Teaching and Learning in Language Education
ES566 Teaching and Learning in Geography Education
ES567 Teaching and Learning in Religious Education
ES568 Teaching and Learning in CSPE
ES569 Teaching & Learning in Business Studies Ed.
ES571 Teaching and Learning in History Education
ES572 Teaching and Learning in Science Education
ES574 Teaching and Learning in Music Education
ES586 Teaching & Learning in Accountancy Education

Year 2 Core Modules:
ES518 Psychology of Teaching and Learning
ES519 History of Education in Ireland
ES539 Advanced School Placement
ES546 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
ES590 Extended Research Project

Year 2 Optional Modules:
ES545 Digital Media and Learning
ES557 Drama in Education
ES562A Teaching and Learning in English Education
ES563A Teaching & Learning in Mathematics Education
ES564A Modhanna Teagaisc Speisialta sa Gaeilge
ES565A Teaching and Learning in Language Education
ES566A Teaching and Learning in Geography Education
ES567A Teaching and Learning in Religious Education
ES568A Teaching and Learning in CSPE
ES569A Teaching & Learning in Business Studies Ed.
ES571A Teaching and Learning in History Education
ES572A Teaching and Learning in Science Education
ES573 Equality,Law&Educational Provision in Ireland
ES574A Teaching and Learning in Music Education
ES586A Teaching & Learning in Accountancy Education
ES597 Prevention & Interv of Bullying in Learn Envi
ES598 Managing Special Needs In Mainstream Educ
LC517 Language and the Non-Language Classroom
UM405 Uaneen Non-Contributing Module

Careers or Further Progression

Career Prospects:
While most of our graduates will work as teachers in voluntary secondary, vocational, community and comprehensive schools, others will pursue further studies in education and related fields, such as guidance, pastoral care, school leadership and management. Others again will work in, Further Education, Higher Education, government departments and other education and training settings.

As this course is fully recognised by the Teaching Council, graduates will receive appropriate salary allowances for permanent positions in second-level schools and further education colleges.

Further Enquiries

Dr James Lovatt
Department: Education Studies
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: Ext. 6784
Email Address: james.lovatt@dcu.ie
Room: CA112

Course Web Page


International Students