The University of Limerick conferred a third cohort of graduands of the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (PDMT) on Saturday 21st January 2017. This year 187 teachers graduated from the two-year part-time programme, which was initiated in 2012 by government contract. As registered post-primary teachers and graduates of the programme, they are deemed by the Teaching Council to have met the Council’s requirements for Mathematics.
The Minister for Education and Skills who was unable to attend this year’s ceremony extended his congratulations to graduates of the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching stating that he recognises the dedication and hard work of each person who has completed this challenging programme. The Minister also acknowledged the commitment to the programme of the National Centre for STEM Education at the University of Limerick and the alliance partners in the project. He thanked sincerely all those involved in its success stating that the programme and its graduates make a vital contribution towards our ambition for Ireland to be a world leader in providing STEM education.
The PDMT is fully funded by the Department of Education and Skills as part of the national strategy to support the implementation of Project Maths and improve standards in mathematics education in post-primary schools by upskilling out-of-field teachers of mathematics, Project Maths and the requirements of the Teaching Council.