Institute of Education

Professional Master of Education (Post Primary Education)

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The Professional Master of Education (Post Primary) is a full-time teacher education qualification delivered through evening and flexible learning modes for those who meet the Teaching Council's Curricular Subject Requirements for at least one subject 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.  

Dates for 2023 Applications
Application Opening Date: Monday 7 November 2022
Application Closing Date: Friday 10 February 2023
Documentation Closing Date (Uploading only allowed): Friday 24 February 2023

In line with the current government campaign to increase the supply of teachers in subjects of national priority, additional places will be reserved for applicants who meet the requirements for the priority subjects listed below:  

Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Irish, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Professional Master of Education (PME) programme starts in late August each year. Students are required to complete an Induction Programme which runs in advance of formal lectures. 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.

View the current course structure

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.

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice.

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year.

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules.

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Adult Education
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Post Primary Education

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.


  • Applications open on PAC from Monday 7th November 2022
  • Closing Date for EU applications is Friday 10th February 2023
  • Closing Date for non EU applications is Friday 10th February 2023

In order to obtain information about the DCU PME programme, candidates should consult these pages and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) in advance of contacting DCU.

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

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.



Full time

EU Status Fee
Year 1 €4500 - Year 2 €5,200
Non EU Fee
Year 1 €9,500 - Year 2 €9,500

Next Steps

 All Applicants must apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre, -  and applications for 2023/24 will open on Monday 7th November 2022.

Please note that as part of the application process you will be required to complete   Subject Self-Declaration Form(s) for the curricular subject(s) you intend to teach on completion of the PME. These form(s) must be completed in full during the application process, as it is not possible to update form(s) once the application is submitted.

Required Documentation

Please note applications close on Friday 10th February 2023. Documents outlined below must be uploaded to PAC by 24th February 2023. PAC will not accept any documents sent by email or by post.

1. Certified Copies of Transcripts

Certified copies of original transcripts of results for each year of study at undergraduate/postgraduate must be uploaded to PAC. Please note portal/web page printouts are NOT acceptable.

2. School Placement Form

Applicants should secure a school placement prior to application. In exceptional circumstances where an applicant has not secured a placement by the time of application, the School Placement Form must be submitted by 14th July 2023. If an applicant has not secured a placement by 14th July 2023 their offer will be withdrawn. Only students with a secured placement can register with DCU for the programme.

3. Employer Reference

Only required if claiming work experience for points purposes (must be signed by employer).

4. Copy of a valid passport


An email from PAC will alert applicants to check their application status. Please ensure that the email address provided in the online application is active. Applicants who receive an offer should confirm acceptance by the specified date in order to secure a place.

Please note that canvassing of any kind will disqualify an applicant. Applications will not be discussed with third parties.

Closing Dates

Application Closing Date: Friday 10th February 2023, apply to PAC - PAC code DC905

Documentation Closing Date (Uploading only allowed): Friday 24th February 2023

Certified Copies of Transcripts | School Placement Form | Employer Reference | Copy of a valid passport

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.

Additional Dates to Note

School Placement Form: Closing Date: 14th July 2023 (5.00pm)

Final Year Certified Transcripts: Closing Date: 14th July 2023 (5.00pm)
Applicants in final year of study must submit a certified copy of final transcript confirming overall result for verification purposes by 14th July 2023 (portal page/web printouts are not acceptable).

Applications are updated in accordance with the information provided.  

Queries on completed applications

Queries on applications may be emailed to

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2023.


Deferrals are not permitted on the DC905 PME programme.