Course Description

Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)

The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) is a two-year, full-time Level 9 postgraduate professional teacher education programme designed to qualify graduates as primary teachers. A key element of the PME is practice-oriented inquiry where students interrogate experiences and forge new understandings, integrating educational theory and practice through structured reflection and research applications. The programme is designed to equip student teachers with the cognitions and competencies necessary to develop creative and flexible approaches to teaching in different contexts and settings embracing pupils with diverse and often complex needs.

Thematic in nature, the programme focuses iteratively on students’ role as learner, teacher, researcher and leader. In addition to the established broad range of curriculum and foundation studies areas studied traditionally within ITE programmes at MIC, this programme contains a strong spine of three research methods modules which culminate in the Reporting Educational Research module. The research modules provide students with a critical introduction to the principal methods in educational research; identify educational research issues and questions, and consider appropriate methods of investigating them.

This course provides students with the opportunity to spend two Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht across their two years.

A range of assessment modes are employed across the two year programme, comprising written examinations and course work including group presentations and Blended Learning; summer modules such as ‘Leadership and Policy’ are undertaken by the students in an online format.

Professional Placement & Career Opportunities

The students have the opportunity to undertake a number of school placement experiences across a range of classes over the course of the two years and assessment and mentoring supports the student during this process. Assessment of school placement and micro-teaching is also a core component of this programme.

On successful completion of the course, graduates are qualified to teach all classes in the primary school

CollegeMary Immaculate College
Course LocationLimerick
Course CategoryEducation & Teaching
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Course Duration2 year full time
Course FeePOA
Entry RequirementsEntry Requirements The Department of Education and Skills has approved the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) programme to run again in September 2019. There will be 60 places available at Mary Immaculate College. Please find the press release regarding the Minimum Entry Requirements, issued by the Minister for Education on Wednesday 30 January 2019, here. For 2019 the Leaving Certificate minimum requirements for the PME are as follows: Irish - H5 English - H7 or O5 Maths - H7 or O6 For Leaving Certificate Grading Schemes (1992-2016 Scheme and New Scheme 2017), click here. For Department of Education and Skills Requirements for Entry 2019, click here. Note: The Oral Irish Exam requirements have changed for 2019, see details below. Oral Irish Exam Change for 2019 From 2019, candidates wishing to apply for the PME Programme will be required to take an Oral Irish exam before applying to MIC for the programme. Applicants will be required to take the Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish Examination. Full details on the exam are on the website: A minimum of 65% must be obtained in the TEG exam to be eligible to apply for the PME Programme. The TEG Office in Maynooth has made the following arrangements for candidates who have missed the deadline for the February Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) PME exams: A further exam will be held on Saturday 2 March 2019 in Maynooth only All information relating to this exam will be on on Monday 18 February. Students must register between Monday 18 February and Friday 22 February. Candidates must include their results from TEG Level B1 Oral Irish exam as part of their application to MIC for the PME programme. Applicants who are successful in TEG and who meet all other entry requirements will be required to take a general interview as part of the entrance process. Additional marks are awarded for students who complete the TEG Oral Examination at a high Level. Up to 10 additional marks may be awarded for students who successfully complete the TEG oral examination at a high level and these marks will be added to their interview score. Candidates achieving from 90-100% receive 10 additional marks, candidates achieving from 80-89% receive 5 additional marks. Candidates who complete the TEG oral examination and obtain 65-79% receive no additional marks but are deemed to have passed the test and are eligible for the programme. Candidates who have passed higher levels of TEG (B2, C1 and C2) receive 10 additional marks. These marks can only be added to the scores of candidates who have completed the higher level of TEG prior to the closing date for applications.
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South Circular Road Limerick City, Limerick City, Limerick, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: V94 VN26

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