Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

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Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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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.

September 2017

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Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:

(a) Minimum H2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree1 (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 Examination2 Subject Irish Mathematics English Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme) H5 H6 or O6 O5 or H6 % Mark 50% - 59% 40%-49% 50% - 59% or 40%-49% H – Higher Level O – Ordinary Level The grades and % marks in the 1992-2016 grading scheme and the new 2017 scheme are set out here:

(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, 1 st July, 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.


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.

2 Please note that the overall position on minimum entry requirements from 2018 onwards are being reviewed by the Department of Education & Skills. 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.

The Professional Masters of Education (Primary) is designed to prepare students to be primary school teachers. 

Applications to Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University and Marino Institute of Education, Dublin should be completed online at  this system will open at 5pm on January 30 2017.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5p.m. on Friday, 10th March 2017.

All applicants should also note the selection procedure detailed here


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