The Professional Masters of Education (Primary) is a full-time, two year course designed to equip student-teachers with the range of knowledge and skill related to the profession of primary school teaching and its curriculum. The course structure enables student-teachers to make real connections between the theory and practice of education. This is achieved through the blend of methodology and foundation discipline courses on offer.
Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:
(a) Minimum H2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree (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
Table 1: Minimum Entry Requirements for September 2018
|Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme)||H5||H7 or O6||O5 or H7|
|% Mark||50%-59%||30%<40% or 40%<50%||50%<60% or 30%<40%|
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 below.
(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, 30th June, 2017 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, NUI Maynooth
Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) at Level B2, NUI Maynooth
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.
 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 overall position on minimum entry requirements from 2018 onwards are being reviewed by the Department of Education & Skills.
2019 & 2020 Entry Requirements
The Minister has decided that the minimum entry grades for entry to primary ITE programmes in 2019 and 20202 will be increased as set out in table 2 below.
Leaving Cert Grading Schemes (1992-2016 Scheme and New Scheme 2017)
|1992 – 2016 Scheme||% Awarded||New Scheme 2017 onwards||% Awarded|
|A1||90-100||H1 / O1||90-100|
|A2||85<90||H2 / O2||80<90|
|B1||80<85||H2 / O2||80<90|
|B2||75<80||H3 / O3||70<80|
|B3||70<75||H3 / O3||70<80|
|C1||65<70||H4 / O4||60<70|
|C2||60<65||H4 / O4||60<70|
|C3||55<60||H5 / O5||50<60|
|D1||50<55||H5 / O5||50<60|
|D2||45<50||H6 / O6||40<50|
|D3||40<45||H6 / O6||40<50|
|E||25<40||H7 / O7||30<40|
|F||10<25||H8 / O8||0<30|
Applications for 2018 are open and will close at 5pm, March 19 2018.
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