Institute of Education

Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)

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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.

Certificate in Religious Studies - Optional Modules

The Certificate in Religious Education (CRS) is offered in parallel to the PMEP programme i.e. it is not a constituent of the degree. The CRS prepares teachers to teach in Catholic schools in accordance with the requirements of the Council for Catechetics of the Irish Episcopal Conference. In making appointments, Catholic school management boards will normally require the CRS as a condition of employment.  It is provided as an option over the 2 years of the PMEP programme. 

View the current course structure

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.

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.

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



Note: The Department of Education Entry Requirements for a Professional Masters of Education (2024) is available in Irish here and in English here

Before making your application to DCU DC970:

Candidates wishing to apply for the Professional Masters of Education (Primary Teaching) MUST 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 examination dates for the Professional Masters of Education (Primary Teaching) 2024-25 are:

  • 26th & 27th January, 9th 10th February, 2024
  • For entry to the PMEP application process for 2024-25, the closing date for applying for the TEG oral examination is 5pm, 8th January 2024
  • The deadline to register for the second round of the TEG is 24th April 2024. See for more information.
  • A successful result in the TEG B1 Oral Irish examination will be valid for two years before the examination needs to be retaken
  • Applications for the TEG B1 Oral Irish examination are made directly through TEG.

Further information can be found on the TEG website:

o Leagan Gaeilge

o English Version

Further details on the application process should be viewed at the Next Steps section



Full time

EU Status Fee
€5,800 per annum

Next Steps

To apply for this programme:

  • All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Applications must include:

  • Academic Transcripts of Results for UG honours degree, with overall results of H2.2 or higher, (if you are in your final year of your Undergraduate Degree please upload transcripts for each year of study to date)
  • Evidence that you have fulfilled the minimum requirements for the following subjects:
        - Gaeilge: Leaving Certificate transcript (or equivalent)
        - English: Leaving Certificate transcript (or equivalent)
        - Mathematics: Leaving Certificate transcript (or equivalent)   
  • Irish language oral proficiency (65% on Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge, TEG, B1)
  • Passport Photograph
  • PMEP Additional Questionnaire (submitted within the Online Portal).


Please view the following documents for further information:

- Application Information in full DC970 Programme Guidance Notes

- How achieving a place on the programme is calculated DC970 PMEP Points Scoring System

- Our list of Frequently Asked Questions from Applicants DC970 PMEP FAQs


Important Notes

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that each document submitted is valid evidence that the applicant achieved the required standard. Each document must be an official statement from a relevant institution, e.g. Certified university transcript (bearing stamp and signature), TEG certificate, school Leaving Certificate transcript (with candidate name, school name and year clearly shown). Screen shots, emails or portal page printouts will not be accepted, and your application will be declined. Please ensure to use a valid email address for the application, as updates will be provided via this address and check that spam filters are not in operation. 

Please note that all PMEP students must undertake two mandatory Gaeltacht Placement periods as pert of the programme. The first mandatory placement will take place from Friday, 23rd August to Friday, 6th September, 2024, before lectures commence.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted until the following date: 8th April 2024. All documentation must be provided by this date.

We will be reopening applications for the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) from 27th May to 10th June 2024.  This allows applicants who applied to take the TEG B1 Oral Exam (which will take place on 17th/18th May) to submit an application, even though the TEG results will not be available until late June.

Applications will be accepted until the closing date of 10th June 2024.  Late applications will not be accepted.  All entry requirements must be met before 12th July 2024. Applicants who have not yet completed their Undergraduate Degree have until the 12th of July to submit their full transcripts.


Queries on applications may be emailed to Please include the programme code (DC970) in the subject line of your email.

Commencement of Programme: August 23rd 2024