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 PDST currently has no full-time opportunities.



Part time PDST Associate positions


The PDST currently has a number of part-time opportunities for the position of Associate in the following areas:


  • Leadership - Primary and Post Primary (practicing Principals and Deputy Principals)
  • Post Primary PE
  • JCSP
  • LCA (all subjects)
  • T4 subjects
  • Biology
  • Ag. Science
  • Applied Maths
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Senior Cycle English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Art
  • Music
  • Religion – including Leaving Cert level
  • Primary Literacy and Team Teaching (Learning Support experience desirable)
Closing date is Wed, October 11th.
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 archived site for 2016/17 claim information 
Please follow this link to access the current 


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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