Postgraduate Applications Centre - DCU PME FAQ

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Yes, there are two pages that need to be completed. Click here for page 1 or here for Page 2.
 
2. 
The standard application fee is €80. This online processing fee is payable to PAC and is non refundable.
 
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Application Closing Date – 02 December 2016
Documentation closing Date – 16 December 2016
 
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You will be eligible if your degree is at level 8 and you have met the Teaching Council requirements for at least one subject. If your degree level is not stated on your transcript you must provide clarification that you hold an Eligible Level 8 Degree.
Please refer to the website: The Teaching Council Subject Registration Requirements.
In the case of overseas applicants, you will need to get clarification from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) (formerly NQAI) regarding your degree. You must meet the requirements for at least one curricular subject in order to be considered for registration as a teacher, having completed your Professional Master of Education (PME Post-Primary Teaching – DC905). If you are unsure if your degree course meets these requirements please check with the degree provider. We do not review your qualifications to ascertain if they meet the Teaching Council Subject Specific Criteria.

If you are offered a place on the PME Post-Primary Teaching (DC905), and in accordance with the permission granted by you (as provided on the Subject Declaration Form), your declaration form will be forwarded to the Teaching Council, the professional standards body for teaching in Ireland, who will advise if you meet the requirements for registration set out in the Teaching Council registration regulations. Based on your declaration form and your transcripts of undergraduate examination results, the Teaching Council will confirm if, following successful completion of the PME Post-Primary Teaching, you will be eligible to register as a teacher and which curricular subject(s) will be recorded on the Register of Teachers.
 
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Please refer to the Applications Instructions page for detailed information on supporting documentation. A list of documents required is noted below.
Note: All documents MUST be POSTED to Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland. Note: Teaching Council Subject Self-Declaration Forms are entered online as part of the application process.

Supporting documents must be submitted within 14 days of making an on-line application, stating your PAC Application Number clearly on all documents.
Please note that you are advised to get proof of postage when sending in your supporting documentation.
 
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The Subject Self Declaration form is to be filled out online during the application process. This form cannot be updated once the application is complete & submitted online. There are a number of mandatory questions on the form which must be filled out.
 
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After you have submitted your application fee payment details on the online application system, you must print the Application Receipt. The Application Receipt page will include your PAC application Number. You can also log onto the PAC System, and select 'My Account' on the top navigation menu. Your complete and incomplete applications will be displayed here.
 
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Your HEI will be in the best position to confirm the NFQ level.In terms of ECTS credits HEIs have acknowledged that three year honours degrees are equivalent to 180 ECTS. By definition, this equates each year of studey to 60 ECTS credits.  Thereafter, it is a matter for the HEIs to confirm if all modules are of equal weighting. in such cases, an applicant can complete the form in the knowledge that 10 modules per year equates to 6 ECTS credits per module or 6 modules per year equates to 10 ECTS credits per module.
 
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The Teaching Council cannot make assumptions as the NFQ level of the degree or the ECTS weightings. If these are not shown on the transcripts, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the same confirmed by their university and/or QQI (in relation to degree level).
 
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No.
 
11. 
Yes.  You can complete the residency aspect of the requirements during the PME. However, all other requirements including the literarture requirements and the B2.2 CEFR competency level must be met prior to entering the PME. Graduates will not be registered with the Teaching Council unless they provide evidence of residency.
 
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Yes. If you are in the final year of your degree or completing further studies to enable you to meet the Teaching Councils regstration requirements for a curricular subject, you can record details of these ongoing studies, including module title and ECTS credit weighting provided all relecant studies will have been successfully completed prior to taking up a place on the PME.
 
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You will receive an email alert from the Postgraduate Applications Centre to check your application status on the “My Account” section of the online application system. It is vital that you give the correct email address on your online application and that your email account is working. It is also important that you check your email regularly.
 
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If you have completed a module that contains the study of more than one area, you should divide the ECTS credits for that module between the areas as accurately as possible. Your HEI may be able to guid in this regard or a breakdown may be provided in the relevant module descriptor or course handbook.
 
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The duration of the PME course is 2 years full time.
 
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English language requirement for non-native speakers of English, please click here.

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry into postgraduate programmes in DCU.

ExaminationLevel Required
Irish Leaving Certificate English Ordinary Level Grade D3
GCE A-Level English Language Grade D
IELTS Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
TOEFL 237 (computer-based),
580 (paper-based test)
Toefl iBT Total Score of 92
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade B
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) C1

In certain circumstances, results in examinations other than those outlined above may be accepted as proof of competence in the English language. This is the case, for example, for students who have successfully achieved Grade D or higher in examinations which are deemed by DCU to be the equivalent of GCE A-Level examinations and non-native speakers of English who have completed their education through the medium of English. Please include the details of any English language examinations and proof of successful completion when applying to DCU. https://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml
 
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Applicants experiencing difficulties making an online application can contact the PAC at
Postgraduate Applications Centre,
1 Courthouse Square,
Galway,
Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)91 549260
Fax: +353 (0)91 563056
 
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Ensure that you have www.pac.ie set up as a trusted site on your internet browser. See 'Help' on your browser for instructions on how to do this. Please note that if you are using Netscape you may also need to set Internet Explorer as your rendering engine.
 
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No, you must complete an online application. You will need a working email address to use this facility as all correspondence with regard to your application will be communicated to you by email. If you do not have access to a personal computer or at work, maybe try a relative or a friend. Internet facilities should also be available at your local library or at an Internet cafe.
 
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Applicants using webmail email addresses, please note if you have the high junk mail filtering option in your email account, emails from the Postgraduate Applications Centre may be flagged as Junk. You will need to either reduce the Junk mail filter or else add the Postgraduate Applications Centre (info@pac.ie) email address as your safe sender.