Taught course

Post Primary Education

Hibernia College Dublin · Hibernia College Dublin

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements The programme is accredited for the following 15 teaching subjects: Gaeilge, English, Modern Languages, History, Geography, CSPE, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business, Economics, Music and Agricultural Science. The College reserves the right, based on applicant demand, to not offer every subject at every programme start date. Any application fees paid for programmes which subsequently are not offered will be refunded.

All applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Level 8 degree
  2. English qualification
  3. Level 8 degree Applicants are required to have a Level 8 degree, which satisfies the curricular subject criteria published by the Teaching Council. Any queries in relation to this should be directed to 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. As part of your PME Post Primary application, you are required to complete a subject declaration form for all subjects you are qualified to teach and which you are seeking to have recorded on the Teaching Council’s Register of Teachers.
  4. Teaching Council regulations stipulate that in addition to holding a Level 8 degree (or equivalent) on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, you must meet the requirements for at least one post-primary curricular subject. The requirements for all qualifying subjects are set by the Teaching Council. Applicants must follow the Teaching Council guidelines: Click on the subject(s) of your choice and complete the form. Please ensure that all details on the form are correct, that you hold a Level 8 degree (or equivalent) and the requisite total number of ECTS credits in the relevant subject. Print the form, sign it and return it with the other documentation requested. This form must be returned to Hibernia College with your application form and transcripts. This form will be submitted to the Teaching Council if your application to this programme is successful.
  5. English qualification In addition to the above, Hibernia College requires all applicants to possess: A minimum grade C (Ordinary Level) or grade D (Higher Level) in Leaving Certificate English Or A minimum grade C in GCSE English or minimum grade C in GCSE English Literature Or An equivalent qualification and standard in English


Note 1: Applicants who are unsure of the level of their primary degree should contact the conferring college or university or contact the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland at www.nqai.ie.

Note 2: Hibernia College is in no way responsible for the assessment of qualifications for the purpose of registration. While we will make every effort at the time of application to notify applicants if we believe there may be a concern with their qualification, the fact that they are accepted on to the Professional Master of Education programme does not mean their degree will be recognised for entry on to the Register of Teachers by the Teaching Council. Hibernia College will not be held responsible if a graduate of the Professional Master of Education is refused admission to the Register of Teachers on the basis of an erroneous declaration at the point of application and admission to the programme.

Note 3: 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.

Note 4: All students entering the programme will be subject to Garda vetting. Students successful in securing an offer of a place on the programme will be advised that all offers are subject to a satisfactory Garda vetting.

Months of entry

September, April

Course content

Post Primary Education – Professional Master of Education

Hibernia College Post Primary Education – Professional Master of Education was established to encourage a broader range of people to consider teaching as a profession by providing a more flexible route to becoming a fully qualified post primary school teacher.

Due to the structure of the programme and the funding eligibility criteria we can only accept applications from Ireland.

Blended online professional master of education

The programme, which blends online content, virtual learning environments and face-to-face delivery, is designed to develop professionals and experts who are positioned to be leaders in the field of post-primary education. The programme is ideal for anyone who does not have easy access to one of the traditional education providers or who doesn’t have time to spend commuting to and from lectures daily.

Online study

Hibernia College has a proven track record in delivering a dynamic online study experience that offer learners maximum support.
Our online model is successful because it is dedicated to helping professionals meet their current work challenges and by continually building on the interactions of students and faculty. We provide you with a personal academic advisor, who will guide you through the programme to ensure your success.

Accredited Post Primary Masters

The programme results in a HETAC Level 9 award and is accredited by QQI and The Teaching Council.

Professional Master of Education in Post Primary Education – Subjects

The Professional Master of Education in Post Primary Education is accredited for the following 15 teaching subjects: Gaeilge, English, Modern Languages, History, Geography, CSPE, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business, Economics, Agricultural Science and Music.

Educational background in one of the above subjects is required.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

+353 (0)98 28382