The time is near – apply now for a place on 2019-2021 PME programme. Dr Missy Parker

Online application for the Professional Master of Education is open. Review of applicants will begin on 1 March 2019 for a September 2019 intake and will continue only until spaces are filled.

The PME is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to qualify post-primary teachers in the following disciplines:

    • Business (Accounting, Business, Economics)
    • Languages (French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish, English as a second language (ESL can only be taken when studying a MFL)
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Technological Education (Engineering, Technology, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics

The Physical Education pathway of the PME prepares graduates for a professional teaching qualification in physical education. Graduates will be teachers skilled in designing instructionally aligned, evidence-based physical education programs. PME Physical Education students will gain cutting-edge knowledge regarding the content and implementation of Junior Cycle, Senior Cycle, and Leaving Certificate Physical Education.

Students who meet Teaching Council requirements, may decide to specialise in one or two of the disciplines listed above. To be eligible to add the second discipline an applicant would need to ensure that his/her primary degree meets the requirements of the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of teaching both subjects. See the relevant section on the TC website

Start Date: September 2019

Duration: 2 Academic Years

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Department: Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Applications Open Now

Approach to Learning

Modules are built upon teaching approaches that value experiential and constructivist learning. Typically a range of individual and group presentations, combined with essays, case studies and reports are employed, culminating with a thesis and portfolio. You will be challenged to think of physical education differently through the current curricular reforms to physical education in Ireland.

Entry Requirements

A relevant primary degree at 2.2 honours level or higher (Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or equivalent) or be about to graduate with such a degree. In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, a PME applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form, that he/she has studied the relevant number of ECTS credits in the relevant subject area(s) as part of their degree see here

Module Structure

This interfaculty programme includes the fundamental elements of: Educational studies, Physical Education pedagogy, and School Placement. All are structured around a vision that supports the PME student in becoming a professional teacher of young people in Irish schools.

PME Programme – Physical Education (only)

Semester 1 Semester 2
EN6151: Becoming a Teacher; Identity and Agency (6 credits) EN6010: Research Methods 1 (6 credits)
EN6161: Understanding Learning (6 credits) EN6162: School Placement 1 (18 credits)
EN6171: Planning for School Placement (6 credits) PY6012: Applying Research to Practice in Physical Education 1 – (3 credits)
PY6021: Teaching Physical Education (6 credits) PY6003: Applying Research to Practice in Physical Education 2 (3 credits)
PY6011: Curriculum and Assessment in Physical Education (6 credits)
Semester 3 Semester 4
EN6153: Understanding Schools (6 credits) EN6054: Curriculum Policy and Reform (6 credits)
EN6210: Research Methods 2 (6 credits) EN6064: History, Policy and Contemporary Issues in Education (6 credits)
EN6163: School Placement 2 (18 credits) EN6084: Teacher As A Professional Practitioner (3 credits)
  EN6094: Reporting Educational Research (6 credits)
  EN6074: Research and Practice Portfolio (3 credits)
  PY6006: Physical Education Teachers as Planners and Lifelong Learners (3 credits)
  PY6005: Physical Education Teachers as Advocates and Leaders (3 credits)


With the changes in physical education at the Junior Cycle, Senior Cycle, and Leaving Certificate there is a demand for teachers whose ambition is to deliver innovative and current physical education. Thus, employability is strong. In fact, the entirety of the graduating class of August 2018 is employed teaching Physical Education throughout Ireland and the Middle East — and they are teaching Physical Education!

More Information

Please see: Graduate School for information about the programme or contact Missy parker at

Dr Missy is a Senior lecturer and Course Director of the Professional Master of Education (Physical Education) at the University of Limerick.

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