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Professional Masters Education - P.M.E.


Trinity College Dublin    School of Education

Full time September Other 2 years full-time

About the course

The Professional Masters in Education (PME) is a required qualification for those wishing to work as post-primary school teachers in the Republic of Ireland and a recognised teaching qualification within the EU. The course aims to prepare new entrants for the teaching profession who are subject experts in their chosen discipline, are knowledgeable, creative and reflective about the aims and processes of education and who are professional in all aspects of their work. 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must be university graduates, with an honours Bachelor degree that includes, as a substantial component, at least one subject from the list of those taught at Leaving Certificate level in Ireland. Applicants should be aware of specific entry criteria to the teaching profession which are set and regulated by the Department of Education and Skills in association with the Teaching Council of Ireland, and which must be satisfied independently of the School of Education’s entry requirements. (Full details here). We shortlist and interview candidates on the basis of their degree award and their professional and life experiences.


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Iseult O’Rourke (PME 2018)

I was always drawn to the field of education and enrolling in the P.M.E in Trinity gave me the perfect opportunity to do this. I studied TSM Mathematics and French in Trinity College - and so finishing the PME marked the end of a six-year relationship I had with the university. The PME is a whirlwind of an experience - a challenging two years without a doubt. I was so lucky to have some fantastic lecturers who worked with me closely throughout the programme. My peers on the course introduced me to new ways of thinking about teaching: the way the classroom should and could be. It was exciting to be given the chance to challenge and enhance my ideas of education. My fellow teachers-to-be and I learned from each other’s experiences and from the differences and similarities in our educational values and ideals. We shared the highs and lows of teaching for the first time. For me, the solidarity of working alongside like-minded, passionate people was invaluable

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