Education - Further Education Teaching

This flexible learning course is intended to equip students with a range of knowledge and skills related to the profession of teaching in Further Education and Training settings.

What is the Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education)?

The Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) prepares teachers for the Further Education sector. It combines blended learning and educational placements. The face-to-face classes take place on the campus at Marino Institute of Education on Friday evenings and Saturdays. The Professional Diploma is accredited by Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin and the award is placed at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This course can be completed flexibly over one year or part-time over two years and carries 60 credits.

Who is the course for?
This course meets the academic and professional requirements of teachers working in Further Education and Training. It is designed to be attractive to those already working in the Further Education sector, or those wishing to enter it.

What will I study?
The curriculum includes foundation studies, professional studies and a practical teaching programme. The practical teaching programme includes two distinct educational placements involving both observation and six weeks of assessed teaching practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours degree (level 8) OR an ordinary degree (level 7) plus a minimum of 3 years experience in a setting which is relevant to the candidate's qualifications. The selection process will include attending an interview. English Language Requirement: IELTS Level 6.5 (or equivalent).

Assessment Info

How is the course assessed?
A variety of assessment modes such as assignments, reflective journals, presentations, research projects and portfolios.

Subjects taught

Module Listing

Year 1

• Historical and Philosophical Understandings of Education
• How Adolescents and Adults Learn
• Approaches to Teaching & Learning and Inclusive & Special Needs Education
• Communication and Technology in Education
• Educational Placement I

Year 2

• Group Management and Organisation for Learning
• Contemporary Issues in Education
• Module and Programme Design and Evaluation
• Development of a Reflective Stance in a Specialised Area
• Educational Placement II


ECTS credits: 60


1 year flexible learning or 2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
The Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) meets the professional requirements of regulation five (further education) of the Teaching Council Regulations (2011). Graduates can apply for teaching jobs within the the Post Leaving Cert (PLC) and Further Education (FE) sectors. Graduates will also be qualified to teach in SOLAS training centres, Youthreach centres, adult education programmes & community education programmes.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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