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PME Teaching Interviews


Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be  -  Rita Pierson




Do you want to be a Primary Teacher?

Applying for a place on the Professional Master’s in Education (PME) programme?

Are you ready for your Teacher Education interview?


PME Teacher Education Interview Preparation & Mock Interviews

One day course or one-to-one sessions available*


We have had the pleasure of working with many graduates over the years to enable them to successfully secure a place in their chosen Teacher Education College. Our promise to you is that our preparation will equip you to be more confident and competent when approaching your Teacher Education interview for the Professional Master’s in Education (PME) and will increase your chances of securing a place..

Becoming a primary teacher is life-changing. Your journey starts with getting a place in one of the Teacher Education Colleges. You already have completed many important steps on your way, including your under-graduate degree. Now you owe it to yourself to put your best self forward at interview. The key is adequate preparation, personal reflection and being well-thought out about why you believe this career is right for you.

This PME preparation course will enable you to formulate your personal approach so that you come across as your authentic, best self at interview.

Course format:
Interactive workshop & Mock Interviews. 

Course Content

Part 1:
1. Standard & format of interview - what the Teacher Education interviewing team seek.
2. Your expectations, your concerns.
3. Overview of Primary curriculum & key legislation governing primary school
3. Comhrá Gaeilge: The Irish Q. and TEG
4. Formulating your 'philosophy of teaching and learning', a preparation pack.
5. Effective answering techniques - Handling typical & difficult Interview Qs.
6. Communication: Learning to present Virtually;  Dress and presentation at interview.   
7. Q & A

Part 2: Mock Interviews

Mock interview team includes an experienced Teacher Educator and practising Primary Teacher/ Principal.


About Course Provider:
Dr. Fidelma Healy, PhD, M.Sc. (Ed.), B.Ed., Director, Study & Careers, has a long track record in teacher education, lecturing and primary teaching, including principalship. An accredited tester with British Psychological Society, she is an experienced Teacher Education interviewer and along with her team, has successfully prepared many students for these interviews since 2002.

*one-to-one sessions are provided as an alternative to the course, to suit individual circumstances


Career-related Courses

Study and Careers offers the following courses to support learning and career needs:

* Matching Personality to Career Choice: A Journey of Exploration




Teacher Education: Preparing for the Professional Master’s in Education Interview ( as above)




Switching on for Learning: Towards Becoming an Independent Learner




Teachers' Seminars & Workshops

Continuing Professional Development for Teachers

We offer the following courses to support teachers during their working careers. Aimed at enabling you to improve your connection with and engage your students.


  • Train the Trainer Course: Switching Students on for Independent Learning - By special arrangement

This is an 8 hour course for second-level teachers. Based on the book 'Switiching on for Learning: A Student Guide to Exam & Career Success, the objective of this course is to upskill teachers to enable their students to become independent learners.  A very useful  n-career course, it addresses the curricular requirements of learning to learn, wellbeing and careers.



  • Active & Reflective Learning: Increasing Students' Capacity to Learn - 2 hours

This short course looks at the ways students learn and study best by helping teachers to become more aware of their own habits and the implications for how they teach. Students motivation, organisational and planning approaches as well as.strategies that engage students and make them more reflective learners.are a central feature of the course..



  • Matching Personality to Career Choice: Engaging Students  - 2 hours

This course is purposeful. It enables teachers to introduce students to what it is they would like to be and do in their lives. Highly motivational, it looks at the concept of 'career match' based on values, interests, skills and crucially, personality.  The course puts the teacher in the shoes of the student. Interactive activities and case studies make it particularly engaging and true to life. 




What We Do

Study Skills and Mindset Programmes
Career Guidance
Online Training

Our Clients


The Independent Learning Course was inspirational. It’s about more than school and learning, it’s about life. It showed us how to make College work for us to achieve our life goals.

Adult Learner, College of Commerce, Cork
Switching on for Learning is an ideal text to prepare Senior Cycle students for Exams

I have used Dr. Fidelma Healy's "Switching on for Learning" book with Fifth and Sixth Year students as a basis for dealing with study skills and exam preparation in class groups. The book is very comprehensive and provides enough material for the guidance counsellor or teacher to dip in and choose appropriate strategies for different groups of students, depending on what they need. There is enough in the book for a full term's worth of study-skills classes and no need to prepare powerpoints or use a computer room. I can recommend it highly.

Dr. Liam Harkin, Guidance Counsellor, Carndonagh Community School, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.


Switching on for Learning: A Student Guide to Exam & Career Success

Written by Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames & Ms. Sara Hannafin, this text is based on the premise that students learn differently. Beginning with a chapter on helping you to figure out how you learn best, it provides you with a range of strategies and mindset approaches to make your study and learning more effective. It meets the 'learning to learn' intentions of the curriculum.

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Successful Studying: Towards Becoming an Independent Learner

Successful Studying: Towards Becoming an Independent Learner is a 20 page Student booklet  designed by Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD. It provides a menu of activities that supports the work of our Study Skills & Mindset courses at second-level, based on our book 'Switching on for Learning: A Student Guide to Exam & Career Success'.

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As parents our intention is to give our children "roots" and give them "wings". Strong roots to help them believe in themselves and to give them a good start in life. Wings to help them set out on their own and become independent.

This journey is not always plain sailing for every child or young person. Some benefit from individual help from time to time. Study & Careers believes in the innate talent and uniqueness of every child. It knows that timely help can enable your learner to overcome challenges they face along the way. To do so, it offers courses for you the parent and one-to-one private consultations to support your student.

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