The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) is a cross-sectoral support service under the remit of the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education (DE) and is managed by Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC). The PDST offers professional development support to primary and post-primary teachers and school leaders. The work of the PDST contributes to school improvement by providing high quality CPD on curricular and educational issues, fostering reflective practice and ongoing development among teachers and school leaders.



Amongst the priorities for the Department of Education for the coming years is the implementation of proposals to improve literacy and numeracy in both primary and post-primary schools. Other key priorities include support for implementing the new Primary Language Curriculum, school leadership, school self-evaluation, health and wellbeing, post primary subjects and programmes and the Digital Strategy for Schools.






There are no positions currently available.






There are currently a number of potential full-time secondment opportunities for the following positions:


Dublin West Education Centre will form panels from which successful candidates may be appointed to the following full time secondment positions for the 2021/22 school year.


Panels will be formed for Advisor positions in the following areas:


  1. Primary Language Curriculum (Clare Region, Dublin/Meath Region)
  2. Leaving Cert Art
  3. Classical Studies
  4. Computer Science
  5. Post-Primary Gaeilge   
  6. Post-Primary JCSP/DEIS
  7. Post-Primary PE
  8. Leaving Cert Agricultural Science
  9. Post-Primary SPHE


Further details on these positions including a job description and application form are outlined below.


Completed application forms must be submitted as an email attachment only by Thursday October 7 2021 at 3PM to


Please indicate the role/s you are applying for:


Advisor Role

Job Description

Application Form

Ag. Science

Ag. Science JD Ag. Science AF


Art JD Art AF

Classical Studies

Clasical Studies JD Classical Studies AF

Computer Science 

Computer Science JD Computer Science AF

Gaeilge – Post Primary 

Post Primary Gaeilge JD

Post Primary Gaeilge AF



PE – Post Primary

Post Primary PE JD Post Primary PE AF

Primary Language Curriculum - Dublin/Meath

PLC JD (Dublin/Meath) PLC AF (Dublin/Meath)

Primary Language Curriculum - Clare

PLC JD (Clare) PLC AF (Clare)

SPHE - Post Primary

Post Primary SPHE JD Post Primary SPHE AF






There are a number of part-time Associate Positions available.


Please click on the following to view and complete the Application Form.


PDST Associate Recruitment September 2021 (





If you wish to self-nominate as a local facilitator please e-mail Due to the volume of self-nominations, you will only be contacted if we have a vacancy in the area for which you are self-nominating.


Please Note: While the PDST is managed by Dublin West Education Centre, the administration base for the Associate and Local Facilitator Administration (ALFA) is Blackrock Education Centre. For the purpose of any engagement with the PDST, Dublin West Education Centre is the employer and the role of Blackrock Education Centre is an agent for payment only.


Click here for information on ALFA Online Claims.