Education - Further Education

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is made up of three areas of professional development:

•Foundation Disciplines of Adult and Further Education
•Professional Studies
•Teaching Practice

Registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland
•Candidates are responsible for checking their own eligibility to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland separate from their application to Maynooth Universityfor the Higher Diploma in Further Education.
•Candidates are required to contact the Teaching Council of Ireland for further information as applicants are dealt with on an individual basis.
•Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in the

Teaching Council Ireland FE Regulations
The Higher Diploma in Further Education is a professional teaching qualification in further education. It provides student teachers with the theoretical knowledge and the practical and reflective skills required to confidently work in further education settings. The course includes a 100 hours teaching practice.

Entry requirements

You need to fulfil one of the following criteria:

an honours degree (level 8);


an ordinary degree (level 7) with relevant experience;


another professional qualification (equivalent to 180 credits at level 7) with a minimum of three years' relevant experience in vocational or instructional settings - Applicant via this route will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to successful progression through a recognition of prior learning process.

Applicants should have an interest in, and ideally experience of, adult learning in groups.

Minimum English language requirements:
•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850.

Subjects taught

Modules include sociology of adult and further education, learning methodologies, philosophy of adult education, curriculum studies and assessment methods, ethics and teaching practice.


1 year full-time.


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment dates

Commences September

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Career Options
This course has professional accreditation of Further Education Initial Teacher Education from the Teaching Council of Ireland.


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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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