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Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)

Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)

Interviews for this programme are scheduled to take place on Thursday 30th May 2019.

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

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€5,564
  • Non EU Fees€0
About fees & requirements

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 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

APPLICATIONS FOR 2019/20 is now closed.

To view Entry Requirements for DC970 (2018-2019) please click here

Note : The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. announced changes to the minimum entry requirements for primary initial teacher education programmes on 30th January 2019.  To view, click here



From 2019, candidates wishing to apply for the Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching) MUST take an Oral Irish examination before applying for the programme.

Applicants are required to take Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish examination ( A minimum of 65% must be attained on this examination to be eligible to apply for the PME (Primary) programme.

●     The TEG B1 Oral Irish examinations will be offered at different centres throughout the country during February 2019 at a cost of €65 ( Candidates scoring 65% and higher will be eligible to apply for the PME in Dublin City University and NUI Maynooth). 

●     A successful result in the TEG oral will be valid for two years before the examination needs to be retaken

●     Applications for doing the TEG oral test will made directly through TEG (úduithe/teg-mgo.859.html). For entry to the PME in 2019, the closing date for applying for the TEG oral examination is January 14 2019.  

●      Extra TEG Exam Date:  2 March 2019 (Please note that this is an extra date that is being organised for candidates who missed the deadline for the February exams.  If you are already registered for one of the Februrary dates, your exam will go ahead as arranged. February candidates will not be allowed to postpone their exam until 2 March) click here for further details.

All candidates will receive their results from TEG by 7th March 2019.

Candidates must include their results from the TEG Level B1 Oral Irish examinations as part of their application to the Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching).  Applicants who are successful in the TEG B1 Oral Irish examinations and who meet all other entry requirements will be required to take a general interview as part of the entry process (Note: Shortlisting may apply).

Application will be through Post Graduate Application Centre (PAC), PAC Code DC970.

For further details on TEG please click on links below:

Leagan Gaeilge/Irish version:
Leagan Béarla/English version:

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  1. To view FAQs click here

 Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 30th May 2019. For further information on the Interview Assessment Form , please click here

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

Applications for this programme is now closed

All Applicants should apply through and select DC970

Closing date for applications 25th March 2019

Applicants are advised to make your applicaiton as early as possible to ensure documentation validation is complete prior to the application closing date.

Documentation Required:

The following documentation MUST be uploaded to your PAC appplication:

  1. Copy of Leaving Certificate/or equivalent

  2. Academic Transcripts of Results for UG honours degree, with overall results of H2.2 or higher.  (Applicants completing their final year of a degree in 2019 must submit a final transcript by 5pm, 1st July 2019.  N.B. Portal Page Printouts or screen shots of results are NOT acceptable

  3. Evidence of achieving 65% or higher in Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Irish-language oral examination.

  4. Passport Photograph

  5. Student Declaration page (this will be provided to applicant when he/she applies through PAC)

All of the above documentation MUST be uploaded by the closing date 25th March 2019 (or in the case of final year degree applicants 1st July 2019).  Failure to submit by these dates will result in the applicant failing to meet the application requirements and their application will be delcined.


Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €5,564 €0