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  Professional Master of Education

The Department of Education and Skills has approved the Professional Masters of Education Course to run again in September 2018. There will be 60 places available at Mary Immaculate College, and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd March 2018. Interviews will take place on 24th and 25th May 2018.

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 focusses 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.

Programme Aims

The Professional Master of Education (PME) seeks to foster in graduate teacher education students a spirit of justice and compassion in the service of others and the creation of a democratic setting where all have the freedom and opportunity to achieve their full potential. The PME aims to develop graduate students' knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values in ways that support the development of professionals who:
1. promote and maintain a strong commitment to education and teaching and to the quality of the educational experiences of their pupils.
2. respect and value childhood and help children to unlock and realise their potential.
3. value their identity as learners, teachers, researchers and future leaders.
4. recognise the dignity of the individual graduate student of education who brings her/his own unique identity, prior experience and expertise to the teaching profession.
5. comprehensively understand, respect, question and think critically about knowledge and who can adapt this knowledge within the complexities of their educational research and practice.
6. are committed to promoting rich, innovative, flexible, creative learner-centred environments.
7. seek to develop their personal and professional qualities including creativity, enthusiasm, risk-taking, commitment, responsibility and innovation, all of which equip teachers to actively contribute and respond positively to change in Irish society in the twenty-first century.
8. promote the vision of the teacher as researcher and critically reflective practitioner who engages with inquiry-based examination and consideration of all aspects of professional practice, linked to a commitment of the teacher.
9. challenge and confront social injustice and inequality as they see them in the class, playground and in the community, thus helping them to become agents of change.
10. are empowered to recognise, appreciate and accommodate difference.
11. understand, recognise and imbue the pivotal contribution of educational research to teacher formation.
12. recognise leadership as an intrinsic component of teacher education.
Programme Structure

Year 1:
Semester 1 provides a strong foundation in many curricular areas, foundation disciplines and research methods as well as introducing students to School Placement. Blending subject-specific pedagogies with modules which interrogate contemporary issues in education in a context of campus-based and school-based learning opportunities, students will be enabled to achieve deep insights into teaching and learning early in the programme.

Semester 2 builds on and extends the knowledge, skills and understanding gained in Semester 1. Semester 2 culminates in a prolonged school placement offering students an opportunity to apply learning in practice.
A summer school programme is an integral part of the first year of this master’s programme. This summer school includes a Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht and students return to campus following their period in the Gaeltacht to complete an oral Irish examination. In addition, students complete two on-line modules; in the Leadership and Policy module provides an intensive immersion experience into the field of educational research where students explore fundamental theories and enduring questions in the field of educational leadership and policy. Within the Research Methods 2 module research principles, theories and approaches are explored leading to the completion of students’ research ethics application. 

Year 2
Semester 3 builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained during Year 1 through curricular areas, foundation disciplines and research methods. Inclusive and Special Education is a discrete focus of this Semester through both a taught module and a specific school placement. Students will develop their research proposal during this Semester and engage in data collection and analysis. A significant element of Semester 3 will be the parallel focus of teaching, learning and research highlighting the multi-faceted nature of the role of the teacher and the teaching profession. Students work individually with allocated supervisors with significant expertise in the students’ chosen field. Students will submit their educational research report during Semester 4.

Semester 4 is primarily devoted to prolonged school placement and the application of knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through Semesters 1, 2 and 3. A key feature of Semester 4 is the completion and presentation of a professional portfolio which will provide an opportunity to link practice with theory, to engage deeply with subject matter and pedagogical content and to participate in reflective dialogue about teaching and learning. It will provide a structure for documenting and reflecting on students’ assumptions, understandings, experiences and achievements during their teacher education programme.
This Summer School programme includes the second Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht.

Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)

 Entry Requirements and Procedure for 2018

  1. This is a postgraduate teacher education programme for primary teaching (2018 – 2020) for persons who possess an honours Bachelor Degree at Level 8 orthose who expect to have successfully completed final examinations before Friday, 1st July, 2018.

This is a full-time programme, commencing in September 2018 and concluding in summer 2020 and will be delivered in the following Higher Education Institutions:

  • • Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co Kildare. admissions@mu.ie; Telephone: (01) 4747400.

Please note that there are different closing dates for application to the above Higher Education Institutions – see below.

A limited number of places will be available on these programmes and successful applicants will be selected by way of competition. Applicants are advised that shortlisting may apply.

Persons who successfully complete this programme are eligible to be registered by the Teaching Council under Route 1: Primary and will thereby be eligible for appointment in primary schools.

  1. Application Procedure & Closing Dates

The closing date for receipt of completed applications to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick is 5p.m. on Friday, 23rdMarch 2018.

Applications to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick should be returned directly to the Admissions Office in the College at the address above. Application material is available on the College’s website: www.mic.ul.ie.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications in respect of the following Higher Education Institutions is 5.pm on Monday, 19th March 2018:

  • • DCU Institute of Education
  • • Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University
  • • Marino Institute of Education

Applications to the DCU Institute of Education should be made through the Postgraduate Applications Centre www.pac.ie/dcu . (Course code DC970). All supporting documentation must be submitted via Pac.ie by the closing date of the course.

Applications to Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University and Marino Institute of Education, Dublin should be completed online at maestro.mie.ie/appcentre.

All applicants should also note the selection procedure detailed in section 4 below.

  1. Conditions of Eligibility

Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:

(a) Minimum H2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree[1] (Major Award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or a major award at Level 9 or a major award at Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications, and

(b) one of the following sets of second level qualifications:

(i) in the Leaving Certificate Examination





Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme)


H7 or O6

H7 or O5

% Mark

50% - 59%

30%-39% or 40%-49%

30% -39% or 50% - 59% 

H – Higher Level

O – Ordinary Level

The grades and % marks in the 1992-2016 grading scheme and the new 2017 scheme are set out at Appendix 1

(ii) in the Northern Ireland GCSE and GCE A Level Examinations: a Grade C at GCE A Level Irish; a Grade C at GCSE Level in both English and English Literature or Grade B at GCSE Level in either; and a Grade D at GCSE Level in Additional Mathematics or a Grade C at GCSE Level in Mathematics.

Applicants must provide evidence to the Higher Education Institution that their degree is placed as a major award at the appropriate level on the National Framework of Qualifications. Applicants must meet all entry requirements by Friday, 1st July, 2018 and must provide documentary evidence of meeting these requirements.

Alternatives to second-level qualifications in Irish, English or Maths

A Pass in a University First Arts Examination in Irish, English or Mathematics will be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination GCE/GCSE requirement for the relevant subject.

In the case of Irish, a Grade C in the Matriculation Examination (which existed up to 1992) will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement. In addition, the following are accepted as satisfying the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement:

  • • Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level C1, NUIG
  • • Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level B2, NUIG
  • • Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Maynooth University
  • • Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) at Level B2, Maynooth University
  • • Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish), University College Cork
  • • Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach, UCD
  • • Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (An Ghaeilge sa Saol Comhaimseartha), University of Limerick
  • • Diploma in Irish at the University of Ulster

In the case of Mathematics, a Pass in that subject in the Matriculation Examination will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCSE requirement.

  1. Selection Procedure

Eligible applicants will be required to undergo an Interview and an Oral Irish Examination. Applicants who get a "fail" grade in either the Interview or oral Irish Examination will be eliminated from the competition. The purpose of the Interview is to ascertain the suitability of the applicant for participation in a primary teacher education programme.

The Oral Irish Examination will comprise:-

  • conversation on everyday topics and on books read by the applicant; and
  • reading correctly and intelligently a suitable passage of prose or poetry and explaining the matter read.

Applicants should note that a high standard of fluency is required in the Oral Irish Examination and should prepare for the examination accordingly.

Applicants will be advised by the relevant Higher Education Institution of the date, time, venue, etc, of their Interview and Oral Irish Examination and must attend these examinations at their own expense. The location will be Dublin and/or Maynooth and/or Limerick.

  1. General Information

Gaeltacht Placement

Attendance and Cost: All students who gain entry to the programme are required to attend two residential placements in the Gaeltacht. Each placement will be of two weeks’ duration. It should be noted that this is a compulsory part of the programme.The cost of this compulsory placement will not be met by the Department of Education & Skills or the Higher Education Institution. 

Student Grants: 

Following a change introduced in Budget 2017, the maintenance grant for post-graduate students who meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant has been reintroduced. Such students will be eligible to receive the special rate of maintenance grant from the 2018/19 academic year and have their post-graduate tuition fees paid up to the maximum fee limit of €6,270 under the Student Grant Scheme.

Other postgraduate students who don’t meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant, may qualify to have a €2,000 contribution made towards the cost of their fees. The income threshold for this payment is €31,500 for the 2018/19 academic year, increasing relative to the number of family dependents.

Students are advised to submit a fully completed online grant application to SUSI so that their eligibility for grant assistance can be assessed. Further information is available on the SUSI website at www.susi.ie

Fitness to Practise:

  1. Garda Vetting: Before a student’s registration can be completed, the student must undergo a process of Garda vetting in order to establish whether (s)he has any convictions or criminal charges pending. Where this process confirms the existence of such, the matter is referred to a Vetting Committee within the Higher Education Institution which decides whether the student can continue with his/her programme of study.
  1. Medical Requirements: Some incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Health Status Information Form, indicating whether they have any significant ongoing illnesses or disabilities which might adversely impact their capacity to meet the requirements of the programme, including School Placement. Entrants who declare health conditions, disabilities or psychological conditions will be assessed on an individual basis to evaluate whether, with reasonable accommodations, they would have the ability to undertake the demands of the programme. Individuals will not be excluded on the grounds that they possess a particular condition or disability if it is deemed likely that it would be possible for that person to fulfil the requirements of the programme with reasonable accommodation(s). The Higher Education Institutions will advise students as to the procedure to be followed in this regard.

During this full-time teacher education programme, participants may not engage in business or in any other programme of study without the prior permission of the Higher Education Institution’s President/Head of Department.

Further information regarding the programme is available from the applicant’s Higher Education Institution of choice.

Appendix 1

Leaving Cert Grading Schemes (1992-2016 Scheme and New Scheme 2017)

1992 – 2016 Scheme

% Awarded

New Scheme 2017 onwards

% Awarded



H1 / O1




H2 / O2






H3 / O3






H4 / O4






H5 / O5






H6 / O6












[1] Please note that notice of this requirement (H2.2 Bachelor Degree) which commenced in 2016 was included in the PME Entry Requirements 2014 and the PME Entry Requirements 2015.

Please note that the Competition for 2018 entry has now closed. The closing date was Friday 23rd March 2018 at 5pm

The following documentation is now available to download:-

For further information please contact:

Admissions Office,
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,

Tel: 061 204929

Tel: 061 204348

email: admissions@mic.ul.ie


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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