This course is specially designed and
developed to meet the needs of learning
and teaching professionals in the further
education sector. In particular, the course
addresses the needs of those educators
requiring Teaching Council of Ireland
accreditation for further education
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Learning and Teaching (Further Education Track) is a part-time teacher education course, designed to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance your teaching in further education institutions. This course is focused on the development of your knowledge, skills and competence in educational theory, as well as your ability to apply this theory to pedagogic design and professional development. This course is delivered in the evening to accommodate students' placement work.
The course focuses on developing self-awareness as well as the competence to facilitate the development of individuals in a range of further education contexts by, for example, the application of new technologies to instruction, the use of strategies to support learning, and the creation of valuable and effective assessments.
The course will use a variety of participative teaching approaches. You will be encouraged to enquire, question and critique modern conceptions of how we learn and how we can bring about learning in others. You will be expected to complete practical assignments and to build your skills as an educator, including undertaking a placement in host FE colleges or centres.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Learning
and Teaching (Further Education Track)
is specifically designed as an accredited
further education teacher education
qualification recognised by the Teaching
Council of Ireland.
The course is suitable for those intending
to pursue a career in teaching in the
further education sector. Regulation Five
of the Teaching Council Regulations (2009)
deals with teacher registration for the
further education sector. This regulation
includes a requirement, with effect from 01
April 2013, for applicants for registration
to have attained, inter alia, a Council-approved further education teacher
education qualification. Applicants should
also consult the Teaching Council for the complete set of
requirements under Regulation Five.
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
As part of this course students will undertake a practicum in teaching. You can find out more about this module in our placement booklet.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in
Learning and Teaching is awarded by QQI at level 9 on
the National Framework of Qualifications.
Students will also receive a teacher
education qualification accredited by the
Teaching Council of Ireland and entry to
the Register of Teachers in the further
education sector in Ireland. You may
also choose to undertake further study
involving an additional 30 ECTS credits with
modules on research skills and completion
of a dissertation. On completion of this, you
will receive the award of Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching (MALT).
Applicants holding an honours degree 2.2 (level 8) in any discipline ideally with
professional involvement in the facilitation of
learning or training will be considered
for the course. The college operates
a Recognition of Prior Experiential
Learning (RPEL) scheme, which means
that applicants who do not meet the
normal academic requirements may be
considered based on relevant work or other
relevant experience. All applicants will be
interviewed by the Programme Director or
member of the programme team, applicants may also be required to provide a specified written assignment. Depending on where applicants are working, there may also be a requirement for Garda Vetting.
Tuesday and Thursday 18.30 - 21.30 and some Saturdays 09.30 - 13.30. Some classes may be delivered online.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
This course runs over 1 calendar year.
€4,750 total fee.
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.