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.






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:


  • Primary Digital Technologies
  • Post-Primary Digital Technologies
  • Primary Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary Language Curriculum
  • Senior Cycle English
  • Post-Primary Gaeilge
  • Primary STEM
  • Applied Maths
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Politics and Society
  • Leaving Cert Applied (LCA)
  • Post-Primary PE
  • Primary Leadership
  • Post-Primary Leadership
  • Classical Studies
  • Agricultural Science
  • English as an Additional Language - Post Primary


For further details on these positions including a job description and application form, please review the Application Form and Job Descriptions outlined below. This information is also available upon request from


The closing date for applications is Thursday the 18th of March 2021 at 3PM.



Application Form

Application Form
Job Descriptions
Job Description Advisor General
JD Post Primary Leadership
JD Primary Leadership
JD Post Primary Gaeilge







There are currently no part-time Associate positions with the PDST.




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.