Tue, Jun 6th, 2017 12:00:00 am

ACCS Information Note

The National Centre for STEM Education has announced that the PDMT Level 8 has been approved by the DES and will be available free of charge for the last time to eligible teachers.

Please see the details below and the leaflet attached.

Dear Teacher,

EPI*STEM,  the National Centre for STEM Education formerly NCE-MSTL at the University of Limerick, is pleased to announce that a sixth cohort for the two year part-time Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (PDMT) / Dioplóma Gairmiúil sa Mhatamaitic don Mhúinteoireacht Level 8 has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills.

Graduates from this programme constitute a very considerable contribution to mathematics teaching at Junior Cycle resulting in a better experience and outcome for all post-primary students. The programme and its graduates will contribute hugely to the further development and roll-out of the Project Maths curriculum at Junior and Senior Cycle as well as continued contribution to STEM education, future skills needs and the knowledge economy.

The aims of the programme are to ensure that successful candidates:

  • acquire the extensive and complex integrated knowledge base including mathematical and pedagogical knowledge that is necessary for effective mathematics teaching at post-primary level with special reference to Project Maths
  • demonstrate an ability to integrate this mathematics knowledge for teaching into professional practice as mathematics teachers

  • develop a high standard of practical competence in mathematics teaching as reflective practitioners during their programme of study.

The programme is free to eligible post-primary teachers and 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. Unqualified mathematics teachers, teaching a minimum of one mathematics class per week can apply for this course.

The need for and impact of the programme on teachers and schools is now well acknowledged so that it behoves us all to rise to the present challenge in the interest of the mathematics education of the nation's children.

Attached you will find a leaflet about the PDMT. I would ask that you bring it to the attention of any 'out-of-field' teachers of mathematics in your school.

Interested teachers can apply online at: http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/professional-diploma-mathematics-teaching-level-8

Any queries in relation to the course can be directed to pdmt@ul.ie<mailto:pdmt@ul.ie>

Yours sincerely,

Professor Paul Conway

Director, PDMT



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