Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (Part-time)

The Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (Level 8)/Dioplóma Gairmiúil sa Mhatamaitic don Mhúinteoireacht is a major national CPD initiative in mathematics education led by the National Centre for STEM Education (Epi•Stem). The contract for the diploma was awarded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in May 2012 after a competitive tendering process.

The professional diploma is a two year part time university diploma to upskill out-of-field teachers of mathematics in post-primary schools and is jointly accredited by the University of Limerick and NUI Galway through the UL/NUIG Strategic Alliance. The Dioplóma Gairmiúil sa Mhatamaitic don Mhúinteoireacht is also offered through the medium of Irish for out-of-field teachers of mathematics in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools nationwide.

The programme is closely aligned with the needs of out-of-field teachers of mathematics, the new mathematics curriculum and the requirements of the Teaching Council. Registered post-primary teachers who graduate from the programme are deemed by the Teaching Council to have met the Council’s requirements for Mathematics teaching in post-primary schools.

The diploma is fully funded by the DES as part of the national strategy to support the implementation of the new mathematics curriculum (Project Maths) and improve standards in mathematics education in post-primary schools by upskilling out-of-field teachers of mathematics.

This university accredited professional diploma is delivered nationally in a blended learning format through local nodes in associate partner institutions located in the regions, in face-to-face and/or on-line modalities.The delivery of the programme involves a consortium of Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) led by the National Centre based at the University of Limerick. The centre also partnered with Google Ireland enabling the programme designers to maximize the blended learning opportunities for students.

The consortium includes: NUI Galway, University College Dublin (UCD), St Patricks’ College, Thurles; Institute of Technology, Sligo; Institute of Technology, Tallaght; Institute of Technology, Carlow; Cork Institute of Technology; Dundalk Institute of Technology; Letterkenny Institute of Technology; Waterford Institute of Technology. The consortium also includes, through Epi•Stem, its founding partners in the Shannon Consortium, UL (lead), IT Tralee, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College. The consortium is also supported by a number of Teacher Education Centres.

The first cohort of teachers (288) graduated from the programme in January 2015. Currently two further cohorts are engaged on the diploma (525 teachers) and a further cohort of 250 teachers has been approved for September 2015.

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Further information may be obtained from:

Ms Kathy O Sullivan
National Programme Coordinator
Email: kathy.osullivan@ul.ie