Upskilling Programmes for Post Primary Teachers Closing Soon!

The Department of Education recently announced funding for a third intake to the programmes to upskill registered post-primary teachers to teach an additional subject (mathematics, physics or Spanish) at no fee cost to the teacher. The third intake for the following level 8 programmes will begin in January 2023. Registration is now open but will be closing shortly.


  • Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching - Delivered by University of Limerick in collaboration with University of Galway, Dublin City University, Technological University Dublin, MTU Cork, ATU Letterkenny and SETU Waterford.
  • Professional Diploma in Teaching Physics - Delivered by Dublin City University in collaboration with University of Limerick and University of Galway.
  • The third intake for the following level 8 programme will begin in September 2023. Registration for this programme will open in 2023. Higher Diploma in Spanish for Teachers - Delivered by University College Cork.


Programme Highlights


  • 3rd intake commencing in 2023.
  • 2 years part-time, delivered in a flexible and innovative environment
  • Teaching Council additional subject registration
  • Level 8 qualification: teach at the highest level
  • Mathematics and physics programmes offered through the medium of Irish
  • Enhanced career prospects
  • No fee cost to participating teachers


These programmes are designed to upskill already registered post-primary teachers to meet the Teaching Council’s curricular subject requirements in an additional subject. The programmes will be delivered on a part-time, flexible basis allowing greater participation and flexibility. There will be no impact on class contact time for serving teachers.


Applications should be made directly to the appropriate Higher Education Institution. Full details are available through the links below.