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Our Accessible Post-Primary Teaching Course

Are you passionate about empowering young people? With a Professional Master of Education (PME) from Hibernia College, you can register to work as a post-primary teacher with the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Your enthusiasm and knowledge of your two teaching subjects will enable you to inspire your future students. Our PME programme will teach you how to facilitate academic and personal growth and help each student achieve their full potential. Prior teaching experience is not required to apply.

Our PME programme prepares students to become the best teachers they can be.

Reasons to study with us

  • Accessibility

    There’s no need to relocate for our PME in Post-Primary Education programme. Our flexible, blended learning approach only requires travel to face-to-face events and school placements.
  • Experience

    With nearly 20 years’ experience in initial teacher education, we seamlessly integrate educational technology and innovation into our methodologies, empowering our graduates. We have over 10,000 alumni working at all levels of the Irish education system and across the world.
  • Support

    Our online and face-to-face tuition is comprised of dedicated faculty, tutors, administrative and technical support, all of whom are committed to helping students meet their academic and career goals.
  • Faculty

    Our programme is created by teachers, for teachers. Our dedicated and published faculty are educators and active researchers at the forefront of the field of post-primary education.

Post-Primary Teaching Course

The Professional Master of Education (PME) in Post-Primary Education is a 120-credit award at Level 9 delivered over 24 months. It is a blended learning programme, combining online and face-to-face delivery to develop professionals positioned to be leaders in the field of post-primary education.

The programme consists of a sequence of modules that reflect contemporary issues in education and the skills and knowledge required to be post-primary school teachers who enable effective student learning. Our emphasis on research ensures that student teachers understand teaching as a form of self-critical learning. Student teachers are trained to use evidence-based reflection to continually improve their practice.

What Our Students Say

Hear from former students in our Alumni Profiles. Almuni offer advice to anyone considering the PME programme. They share their own reasons for choosing Hibernia College, prior experience, research during the programme and career plans.

Key Information

  • Start Dates:

    Spring and Autumn
    (start dates approximately April and September)
  • Duration:

    24 months
  • Next Intakes:

    Spring 2021, Autumn 2021
  • Application Fee:

    €95
  • Academic Accreditation:

    QQI
  • Professional Accreditation:

    The Teaching Council
  • Available Teaching Methodologies:

    Gaeilge, English, French, Spanish, German, History, Geography, CSPE, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business, Economics, Agricultural Science
  • School Experience:

    24 weeks in total
  • Tuition Fees:

    ▪ On acceptance of place: €1,000 deposit and €50 Garda Vetting fee
    ▪ 1st instalment (before course begins): €6,500
    ▪ 2nd instalment (approx. 10 months later): €7,500

Programme Structure

  • Online Tutorials

    You should expect to have approximately 3-4 tutorials each week (Mon.-Fri.). Tutorials are 1-1.5 hours in length and occur typically between the hours of 6-9 p.m. Please note that these classes are live and you will be expected to attend at the times stated.
  • Face-to-Face Lectures

    You will meet approximately two Saturdays per month at a study centre from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There will also be a number of on-site weeks.
  • School Experience

    You will complete 24 weeks school experience in total throughout the programme. Placements are broken down into two 7-week blocks and one 10-week block. Students arrange their own placements, and at least two of the placements must be in different schools.
  • Assessments

    The course is assessed on a continual basis. Assessments include, but are not limited to, essays, reflective journals, presentations, practical demonstrations, learning logs, a research project, written exam, portfolio submissions and a mini-thesis of 10,000 words.
  • Required Study and Attendance

    It’s recommended that you set aside approximately 37 hours per week for study, including tutorials and classes. The programme is 24 continuous months with a short break at Christmas and in summer. The programme is full-time, delivered through a blended learning model, and full attendance is required.
  • Additional Programme Details

    Click here for the module breakdown.

Hibernia College is monitoring the changing situation in relation to COVID-19. All School Placement arrangements, dates and procedures are regularly reviewed in line with the most recent health and safety advice. The College reserves the right to make any changes as it sees fit.

Spring 2021 Indicative Calendar

  • April 2021

    Programme commences
  • April – July 2021

    Online and face-to-face events and assessments
  • August – October 2021

    Online and face-to-face events and assessments
  • November – December 2021

    School Placement 1
  • November 2021 – February 2022

    Online and face-to-face events and assessments
  • March - April 2022

    School Placement 2
  • May – September 2022

    Online and face-to-face events and assessments
  • September – November 2022

    Advanced School Placement
  • November 2022 – April 2023

    Online events and Research Project
  • January 2023

    Examination
  • March 2023

    Research Project submission
  • April 2023

    Programme ends
  • November 2023

    Graduation

Fees

Application Fee
€95

Tuition Fees
▪ On acceptance of place: €1,000 deposit and €50 Garda Vetting fee
▪ 1st instalment (before course begins): €6,500
▪ 2nd instalment (approx. 10 months later): €7,500

How to Pay Tuition Fees
The application fee is paid online and must be paid in full before an application can be processed. Payment of tuition fees are to be made by bank transfer.

Loan Facility
TUI Credit Union has formulated a loan facility that may interest you. Please click here for more information.

Tax Relief
Under current Revenue rules, tax relief is available if you are eligible at the standard rate of income tax (20%) for qualifying tuition fees. From September 2017, subject to compliance with Revenue regulations, students who are eligible will be able to claim approximately €800 per year in tax relief over the 2 years of the course, thereby reducing the actual cost of the course to €15,000 – €1,600 = €13,400. For further information, please click here.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree at Level 8 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) which has an ECTS weighting of at least 180 credits.

Please note that an NFQ Level 8 Higher Diploma on its own does not fulfil this requirement.

Curricular Subject Criteria

Applicants are required to have a Level 8 degree which satisfies the curricular subject criteria set and regulated by the Department of Education and Skills in association with the Teaching Council of Ireland. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ascertain whether their specific qualifications are in accord with the Teaching Council requirements, satisfying the general and specific criteria for post-primary registration purposes and including the requisite number of ECTS credits and a completed Subject Declaration Form.

Teaching Council regulations stipulate that, in addition to holding a Level 8 degree (or equivalent) on the NFQ, you must meet the requirements for at least one post-primary curricular subject. Only Subject Declaration Forms with 50 ECTS+ will be forwarded to the Teaching Council, those with less than 50 ECTS will not be sent. Applicants must follow the Teaching Council guidelines. You can access Subject Declaration Forms here.

Subject 1 When making subject choices, it is important to note that you are required to meet all Teaching Council requirements in your Subject 1, including the requisite number of ECTS credits and completed Subject Declaration Form.

Subject 2 If you hold 40 credits or more in a second subject, we recommend you select this as your Subject 2. You will need to upload a Subject Declaration Form for this subject also. If you hold less than 40 credits in a second subject or you do not have a second subject, we offer a ‘Digital Tech T&L’ course in lieu of a second subject. Your subject knowledge and eligibility to teach both of your chosen subjects will be considered at interview.

Additional Information

Garda Vetting
Hibernia College offers programmes of study that require participants to work with children and/or other vulnerable groups. For this reason, successful applicants will be required to complete and sign a Garda Vetting Invitation Form. By completing and signing the Garda Vetting Invitation Form, the applicant is granting permission to Hibernia College to process details of any prosecutions/convictions for the purpose of assessing the candidate’s suitability for the course for which he/she has applied and the completion of work placements associated with the course.

Primary Degree Level
If you are unsure of the level of your primary degree, contact the conferring college or university, the awarding body or  the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland at www.qqi.ie. In order to gain entry to the programme, candidates are required to possess a Level 8 award as per the NFQ. While Hibernia College will make every effort at the time of application to check the level of the award and notify applicants if the College believes there may be a concern with their qualification, it is each applicant’s responsibility to check the level of their award. Hibernia College will not be held responsible in the unlikely event a graduate of the PME programme is refused admission to the Register of Teachers.

Mature Students
Note that there are no concessions for mature students. All applicants must meet the same minimum entry requirements to be considered for admission to the programme, and all applicants who meet those requirements will be called for interview.

Admissions

All applicants who are deemed to have met the entry requirements and who have submitted a fully completed application form with supporting documentation and have payed the application fee will be interviewed.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit their completed application form as early as possible.

Interview

Once your online application has been reviewed and processed, you will be called for an interview. The interview will be approximately 25 minutes in length.

At the start of the interview, you will present on a junior or senior cycle curriculum topic of interest. The topic chosen should be related to your first subject choice. The presentation should be no longer than 3 minutes. You will then be given the opportunity to show interest and enthusiasm for both of the subject areas and the profession.

The interview will focus on the following key elements:

  • Motivations and the Profession Candidates will be given the opportunity to show they possess skills, interest and enthusiasm for both of their subject areas and the profession.
  • Suitability to Teach and Subject Knowledge Candidates will be provided with an opportunity to show that they have investigated both of their subjects and have given some thought to teaching at different levels to different class groups.
  • Preparation Candidates should be able to display knowledge of Hibernia College and the programme for which they have applied.
  • Competencies Candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate competencies which will be pertinent to teaching e.g. effective planning, responsiveness and interpersonal and reflective skills.

Please note that this list is given as a guide only.

Interview Scheduling

Acceptance and entry to the course is by interview. The process is as follows:

  • Applications that are fully completed, with all supporting documentation, will be acknowledged by email.
  • Applicants are placed in the queue for processing and will be issued with an invitation to book their interview by email, when interview dates become available. This email should be actioned as soon as possible.
  • During busy periods, the waiting time for interview may be slightly longer.
  • The Admissions Team will make contact directly, by phone or email, with any applicant that fails to book their interview within the timeframe specified in their invitation.
  • Applicants will usually be given a notice period of approximately one week ahead of their allotted interview date and time.
  • Interviews for Spring 2021 are taking place online, using ZOOM.
  • Applicants are expected to attend at the scheduled time and date.
  • Applicants must bring a valid photographic identification with them to the interview; this should be a current passport or driving license. If an applicant fails to present identification, the interview panel cannot proceed with the interview.
  • Applicants will receive a reminder by email confirming the scheduled interview, meeting link and other important information.
  • Applicants that fail to attend without prior notification will have their application cancelled automatically.

Once an interview has been scheduled, in the unlikely event that an applicant has no choice but to cancel, the Admissions Team will endeavour to reschedule the interview. However, during busy periods or nearing the start date of the programme, this may not be possible.

Please note that if you are not able to attend the interview on the date offered, it is important to communicate this to the Admissions Team at the earliest opportunity.

Interview Outcome

  • The outcome of the interview will be that the applicant is recommended or not recommended for the programme.
  • The outcome of the interview is communicated via email only and is not given to applicants by phone.
  • Those who are unsuccessful in their application may only re-apply for a future intake (i.e. an applicant cannot submit more than one application for entry to each specific intake of a programme). This is on the condition that they have not exhausted their four available opportunities to apply.
  • The maximum number of applications permitted to a programme is capped at four. Those who are recommended will be made an offer for the next available cohort. To accept an offer, applicants must submit documentation and payment in accordance with the terms of the offer.
  • Where the College has concerns about any individual failing to show genuine commitment to the commencement and/or completion of the programme following repeated applications/admissions, the College reserves the right to refuse future applications. In addition to this, in instances where an individual demonstrates that they do not have the potential to succeed on the programme and/or in the associated profession, the College reserves the right to refuse a subsequent application.

How flexible is the programme?

The PME in Post-Primary Education is a flexible programme, but requires a full-time commitment.
The following is a guideline of the commitment required:

Online Tutorials
You should expect to have approximately 3-4 tutorials each week (Mon.-Fri.). Tutorials are 1-1.5 hours in length and occur typically between the hours of 6–9 p.m. Please note that these classes are live and you will be expected to attend at the times stated.

Face-to-Face Lectures
You will meet approximately two Saturdays per month at a study centre from 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. There will also be a number of on-site weeks.

School Experience
You will complete 24 weeks school experience in total throughout the programme. Placements are broken down into two 7-week blocks and one 10-week block. Students arrange their own placements, and at least two of the placements must be in different schools.

Is this a full-time or a part-time course?

The College does not provide verification that the programme is defined as full-time or part-time for the purposes of third parties, as those third parties have different definitions of these terms.

Do I need previous teaching experience?

No. It is not a requirement to have prior teaching experience to be eligible to apply for this programme.

When is the next start date?

There are two start dates per year, in the spring and autumn, normally in April and September.

Are there concessions for mature students?

No, and there is no upper age limit for enrolling on the programme. All applicants must meet the same minimum entry requirements to be considered for admission to the programme, and all applicants who meet those requirements will be called for interview.

How do I know if my honours degree is Level 8?

If you are unsure of the level of your honours degree, contact the conferring college or university, the awarding body or Quality and Qualifications Ireland at www.qqi.ie.

Is recognition of prior learning possible?

No, not for application to this programme. However, prior learning and significant experience may be taken into account when assessing suitability for the second subject methodology.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can apply?

Yes, there is a limit. In the interest of fairness to applicants who are unsuccessful, the College will accept a maximum of four applications per programme.

How do I choose my first subject?

Teaching Council regulations stipulate that, in addition to holding a Level 8 degree (or equivalent) on the Irish NFQ, applicants to a PME programme must meet the requirements for at least one post-primary curricular subject. The requirements for all qualifying subjects are set by the Teaching Council.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ascertain whether their specific qualifications are in accord with the Teaching Council requirements, satisfying the general and specific criteria for Post-Primary registration purposes.

You are required to have 50 ECTS credits or more in your first subject. To see if you meet the Teaching Council requirements in your Subject 1, complete the Subject Declaration Forms here.

How do I choose my second subject?

If you hold 40 credits or more in a second subject, we recommend you select this as your Subject 2. You will need to upload a Subject Declaration Form for this subject also. If you hold less than 40 credits in a second subject, or you do not have a second subject, we offer a ‘Digital Tech T&L’ course in lieu of a second subject.

Other questions

If you have any additional questions, please email us at advisor@hiberniacollege.net.

 

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