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Professional Master of Education (Post Primary Education)

Professional Master of Education

  • PAC CodeDC905
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 2 Years

The Professional Master of Education (Post Primary) is a full-time teacher education qualification delivered through evening and flexible learning modes for those who hold an approved undergraduate degree and wish to become a teacher in a post primary school. 

The PME programme in DCU provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required for twenty first century classrooms. The programme prepares teachers to respond to current curricular developments at second level and promotes teacher autonomy and collegiality in the design, delivery and assessment of curriculum. A wide range of teaching strategies and methodologies are used to encourage an equitable, student-centred and creative approach to teaching and learning. 

The DCU Institute of Education is home to leading global research centres in the areas of Assessment, Evaluation, Citizenship and Human Rights Education and Anti-Bullying. Students will benefit from the expertise in these centres to develop knowledge, skills and opportunities. DCU promotes a spirit of leadership, inquiry, reflection and evaluation as students develop professional practice and recognise the importance of their own lifelong learning.  

Provisional Dates for 2019 Applications are as follows:
Opening 30 October 2018
Closing 15 February 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 St. Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm. Students will participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials and online components.

School Placement

The programme includes two school placements. Students complete placement in one school in Year 1 and in a different school in Year 2. Placements can occur in a variety of school settings including Voluntary Secondary Schools, Educate Together Secondary Schools, Community Colleges, Community Schools and Comprehensive Schools.

Students must secure their own placements in a recognised post-primary school within the Republic of Ireland. Only the first placement needs to be secured at the time of application.

Placement Hours Required: Over the course of two years all students must engage in a minimum number of hours of direct teaching, placement related activities and observation as outlined in the table below.

Activity Year 1 (Sept to June) Year 2 (Sept to June)
Direct Teaching 4 hours per week 4 hours per week
Placement Related Activities 4 hours per week 4 hours per week
Observation 24 classes 24 classes

Please see information on Getting a School Placement.

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Expertise and Excellence

The DCU Institute of Education is the largest provider of education and training in Ireland with more than 150 academic staff with expertise in education and over 4000 students. We take a modern, innovative and creative approach to teaching and learning. 

Choice and Flexibility

Our two year full time flexible delivery PME programme addresses the need for a flexible teacher education qualification for individuals who wish to work in second-level schools but who are not in a position to engage in a traditional day-time programme of study.


DCU Graduate Teachers experience high employment success rates. Our school partnerships and professional development initiatives for in-service teachers ensure continued commitment to our students and beyond.


Career Prospects

While most of our graduates will work as teachers in post-primary 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.

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General Entry Requirements


Applications for 2019 are now open.  Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th February 2019.

Applicants will normally hold at least a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8),  Lower Second Class Honors Degree (H2:2) that complies with the Teaching Council's Curricular Subject Requirements for at least one subject from the second-level school's curriculum.

Applicants are required to fill out the relevant Subject Self-Declaration Form(s) online during the application process. This must be completed in full as it is not possible to update this form(s) once the application is submitted.


Queries on completed applications

Queries on completed applications may be emailed to



Deferrals are NOT permitted on DC905 - Professional Masters in Education (Post Primary Education) due to the highly competitive application process for first year places.

Documentation Submission Dates:

  •  School Placement:

    If an applicant has not secured a placement by 4th June 2019 their offer will be withdrawn.  Only students with a secured placement can register with Dublin City University for the Programme.

    If you have not already done so please ensure your school placement has been uploaded to your PAC application by 5.00pm, Tuesday 4th June 2019.  (this is published on PAC and DCU)

  • Final Year Certified Transcripts

    For those of you in your final year of study, it will be necessary to submit a certified copy of your final transcript that confirms your overall result for verification purposes by 5.00pm, Monday 1st July 2019.  Upon receipt of the same we can then assess this to determine if a full offer can be updated to your PAC application.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15th February 2019.  See important dates below.

If you are interested in appling please check any updates and ensure that you consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) in advance of contacting DCU.  

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the Teaching Council Registration Requirements and the current list of Department of Education (DES) approved schools.

If you are not a DCU Student/Graduate or have completed a programme since graduating from DCU Certified copies of your original official Transcript of Results for each year of study at undergraduate/postgraduate level MUST be uploaded along with the following forms.  

Applicants MUST complete and upload the following forms to your pac application by 1st March 2019.


Applicants should secure a school placement in advance of completing their application to the programme. Applicants must upload a completed ‘School Placement Form’ at the time of application. In exceptional circumstances where an applicant has not secured a placement by the time of application, a conditional offer may be provided. If an applicant has not secured a placement by 4th June 2019 their offer will be withdrawn. Only students with a secured placement can register with DCU for the programme.

Applicants must also consult the Teaching Council's Curricular Subject Requirements for the subject(s) they wish to teach.  The relevant Teaching Council's Subject Declaration Form  should be uploaded to PAC with your PAC number clearly written on the form within 14 days of making your application.   The Teaching Council's Subject Declaration Form is completed as part of your application on PAC.  While you are free to register for any subject, please note that DCU only offers special methods in the 12 subjects listed on the DCU Teaching Methods Subject Form and that these special methods are offered subject to demand in any given year. It is your responsibility to check Teaching Council Registration Curricular Subject Requirements (Post-Primary) for persons applying for registration on and after 1 January 2017.

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.

Dates for Submission of Applications 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15th February 2019.  (Please see list of important dates below)

All applications are made through and please select course code DC905. Please note for 2019 entry, it is a requirement to upload all documentation onto the PAC system to support your PME DC905 application. Documentation posted or emailed will NOT be accepted.


Professional Masters in Education (Post Primary) (PME-DC905)

Application and Documentation Submission Closing Dates (uploading only)

Application Closing Date

Documentation Closing Date

(Uploading only Allowed)

Placement Form

Final Year Certified Transcripts

Friday 15th February 2019

Friday 1st March 2019

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Monday 1st July 2019 (5.00pm)

PAC code DC905



Required Documentation:

  • DCU Teaching Methods Subject Form
  • School Placement Form
  • Employee Reference if claiming relevant workexperience (N.B. MUST be signed by Employer)
  • Certified Academic Transcripts (for each year of study at UG level (NFQ Level 8) indicating overall degree results (portal/web page printouts are NOT acceptable).


If an application has NOT secured a placement by 4th June 2019 their offer will be withdrawn.  Only students with a secured placement can register with DCU for the programme.


For applicants in your final year of study, it will be necessary to submit a certified copy of your final transcript that confirms your overall result for verification purposes by 5.00pm, Monday 1st July 2019 (portal page/web printouts are not acceptable).