The PME in UCC is a two-year, full-time teacher education course designed to qualify graduates as post-primary secondary school teachers. It is fully recognised and accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purpose of registration as a post-primary teacher in Ireland and the EU. The PME combines two year-long school placements with university lectures and tutorials, which develop student teachers' requisite professional knowledge, skills, understanding and competences. Students are introduced to best practice in teaching, learning and educational research with special emphasis on meeting the diverse needs of learners, on the curriculum and on current issues in education. Students are encouraged to integrate educational theory and practice through extensive reflection on their own professional classroom practice. They are supported in their development by experienced teachers in schools and tutored by specialist School of Education staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers. It will be necessary to limit the number of students admitted to the programme; UCC's current quota is circa 120 students per year. Within this quota, a subject quota of 10 applies to Business Studies and Business related degrees.
Course Code: PEC01 Full-time
Course Title: Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training)
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 2 years Full-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2016/2017 Irish/EU Year 1 EUR 6,000; Year 2 EUR 4,800 (overall fee EUR 10,800).
2016 Entry Requirements: Applications must be made through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/pme - Code PEC01. The course is designed to qualify graduates as Post-Primary Teachers (Secondary School Teachers). You must have, or expect to have, by the starting date of the course a primary degree completed that the Teaching Council of Ireland recognises as qualifying you to teach at least one subject in a post-primary school. Candidates must also complete and submit Subject (Self) Declaration Forms (SDFs) from the Teaching Council in respect of their eligibility to meet the requirements to teach their specific subjects. These forms are submitted with the candidate's application through PAC. The Teaching Council guidelines are available on their website at http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/. Tel.+353 (0)1 651 7900. You are advised if in doubt to check your degree is recognised for teaching purposes, with the Teaching Council of Ireland.
Closing Date: Late closing date 17 February 2017
Next Intake: Autumn 2017.
Once offered a conditional place, students must arrange a first year school placement from the list of co-operating schools provided. Commencing and registering for the programme is dependent on securing a school placement.Second year students also organise their second placement in a contrasting school setting mediated by the School of Education Placement Co-ordinator. You must teacha specified number of lessons per week in both Years 1 and 2, as laid down by the School of Education to meet the requirements of the Teaching Council. School placements last for the full school year, during which student teachers are expected to participate fully in school life. College lectures and tutorials commence in late August/early September, and are held on specific days in both academic years.
Assessment for the PME is primarily by continuous assessment with a small number of written exams. Continuous assessment includes project work related to the various modules culminating with the writing up of a larger piece of professional classroom/school research at the end of Year 2. There is a strong emphasis on the integration and application of theory and practice throughout all assignments. School placement is assessed over a series of visits to the placement school by the allocated university tutors. Students must pass both the school placement and course-work modules in both years in order to be awarded the PME.
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2017 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2016/2017.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAMME IS PRESENTLY OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE AUTUMN 2017 INTAKE. THE PROGRAMME HAS A CLOSING DATE OF 1st DECEMBER 2016 (now passed) AND A LATE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS OF 17TH FEBRUARY 2017. If you wish to make a late application, it must be completed no later than Friday 17th February 2017 at a cost of EUR 120, payable by visa card. Supporting documents for late applications must be submitted by Friday 24th February 2017 to PAC. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of information supplied in the Form together with accompanying documentation.
Application for this programme is on-line through PAC at http://www.pac.ie/pme Code :PEC01
Please note that for the Autumn 2017 intake, applicants are required to complete a Subject Declaration Form, confirming that they satisfy the Teaching Council of Ireland requirements to teach specific post-primary curriculum subject(s). These requirements must be met in order to secure a School Placement in that subject.
All required documentation must be sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway. Please note that documentation will be retained by PAC so please post copies of your documents.
Application Dates and Costs:
Standard Applications - Closing Date: 1st December 2016 Application Fee: EUR 80 _
Late Applications - Closing Date: 17th February 2017 Application Fee: EUR 120
IMPORTANT NOTE : Please note that applications for the Professional Master of Education - Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training, to qualify as Secondary School Teachers, are made through the PAC website via the attached link; http://www.pac.ie/pmeCode : PEC01 for further details.
Applications for the Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) are made through the PAC website via the attached link: www.pac.ie/ucc . PAC is open for applications from 1st November 2016 to 31st March 2017for the 2017/2018 Autumn intake. Course code: CKD25
Further Contact Information
Enquiries may be directed in the first instance to the following E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Education Website Address:School of Education UCC
The Course Co-ordinator is Dr. Brian Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Education, School of Education, UCC.