Education - Further Education Teaching

Recognised by the Teaching Council, this 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)? This programme prepares teachers for the Further Education sector. It combines blended learning and teaching placements. Friday evening lectures are held online, and face-to-face classes take place on the MIE campus on Saturdays. The Professional Diploma is accredited by Trinity and recognised by the Teaching Council. The award is placed at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This 60 ECTS course can be completed full-time over one year or completed part-time over two years.

Who is the course for?
This course meets the academic and professional requirements of teachers working in Further Education and Training, or those who wish to pursue a teaching career in this sector.

What will I study?
The curriculum includes foundation studies, professional studies and a practical teaching programme. The practical teaching modules include an educational placement involving 30 hours of observation and 100 hours of assessed teaching practice. All placement/teaching hours must be completed in State-approved providers of Further Education in the Republic of Ireland, on programmes at QQI Levels 4, 5, or 6.

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

1 Year Full-Time Delivery
• Historical and Philosophical Understandings of Education
• How Adolescents and Adults Learn
• Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Special
Education Needs
• Communication and Technology in Education
• Educational Placement I
• 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

2 Year Part-Time Delivery

Year 1
• Historical and Philosophical Understandings of Education
• How Adolescents and Adults Learn
• Education Needs
• Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Special
• 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

Credits

ECTS credits: 60

Duration

1 year full-time learning or 2 years part-time

The academic year runs from late-August until mid-May
Delivery: Blended (online and face-to-face delivery)

Due to the use of online learning and live online lectures, it is important that all students have access to stable internet connection and a personal computer/laptop.

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
Graduates can register with the Teaching Council and apply for teaching jobs within the Post Leaving Cert (PLC) and Further Education (FE) sectors. Graduates will also be qualified to teach in SOLAS training centres, Youthreach centres, on adult education programmes and community education programmes.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime,Blended

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