The Professional Master of Education (PME) programme is designed to prepare high quality teachers for today’s second level schools. Students undertake a study of the principles of teaching and learning, develop practical teaching skills as well as the foundation disciplines of educational theory. They engage in a supervised teaching placement in at least two second-level schools. Students take modules in teaching methodologies for (usually) two curricular subjects.
The course commences in late August and lectures and school placement end in May.
Entry to the PME programme is determined in the first instance by the candidate’s primary degree with a minimum 2.2 grade. The degree must be a recognised and relevant undergraduate programme as determined by the Teaching Council. Details of the Teaching Council’s criteria for registration as secondary school teacher are available at: http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/Publications/Registration/Curricular-Subject-Requirements-after-January-2017.pdf
Applicants are strongly advised to check that the modules of their primary degree meet these requirements prior to making an application.
The Year 1 timetable is structured so that the academic component of the programme takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while school placement takes place on Thursday and Friday. This switches for Year 2, school placement takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and students attend university on Thursday and Friday.
Prospective students are responsible for arranging their own school placements (within a 160KM radius of Maynooth University). PME students along with their weekly placements will also undertake a three week block placement in January.
Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Curriculum /The Teacher as a Critically Reflective Practitioner
The central focus of these modules is on enabling the student to develop a repertoire of pedagogical skills and to adopt a professional, self-analytical and reflective approach to classroom practice. This is aimed at deepening the student’s understanding of the processes of teaching and learning, of assessment, of education, of pupils and their psycho-social development, of schools within their social context and of the structure and development of the system within which they work. Among the research sources that inform these modules are pedagogical and curriculum studies, the history and structure of education, educational psychology, sociology of education and the philosophy of education.
Teaching/Learning Seminars in Subject Methods
These consist of seminars/lectures/workshops devoted to the methodology teaching and learning of school subjects.
Applications for the PME must be made online at www.pac.ie/pme
Entry to the course is competitive, an selection is based on a ‘points’ system, with points awarded based on the marks in the undergraduate degree, any subsequent academic qualifications, and certain categories of relevant professional work experience. See the PAC website for details.