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 and Skills (DES) 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 and Skills 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.

Full time positions


The Professional Development Service for Teachers currently has a number of full-time secondment opportunities for the following positions:


Position Job description Application Form

Deputy Director (Research & Continuing Professional Development design)

Job description Application form

Deputy Director (ICT in teaching, learning and assessment) full-time position of temporary duration available.

Job description  Application form 
Team Leader Health and Wellbeing Job description Application form
Team Leader Post Primary subjects and programmes Job description Application form
Team Leader Primary literacy in the context of the Primary Language Curriculum Job description Application form
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader (secondment 2018/2019 following training during 2017/2018) Job description  Application form


ALFA Online Claims
Please follow this link to access the archived site for 2015/16 claim information
Please follow this link to access the current 


Part time PDST Associate positions


The PDST currently has no part-time opportunities for the position of Associate. 

PDST local facilitator positions

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.


Associate and Local Facilitator Administration (ALFA), Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin 





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