Education Learning & Development

Join our Level 9 Certificate to improve your skills in designing, teaching, assessing and evaluating educational programmes in line with best practice.

Learners on the Certificate complete two modules from the MA in Education, Learning & Development. This programme has been designed to meet the needs of educators and practitioners who support adult learners. Graduates will gain a specialist qualification which will enable them to support and inform their role and in turn, become a more confident and engaging lecturer or practitioner. Key concepts such as learning theories, inclusive strategies for learning and critical use of technologies are all introduced.

Why Study Education, Learning and Development at Griffith College?
This programme has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners and educators who support adults' learners in a variety of contexts. This may include Learning and Development specialists, role holders in Human Resources department, instructional designers, self-employed trainers or lecturers in higher education. Here are some of the benefits of studying with Griffith College:

Career development and increased employment prospects

You join a diverse, collaborative, reflective community of practitioners who learn from and with each other through discussion, assignments and reflection.

You will engage in the underpinning concepts, theories and best practices associated with the design and implementation of effective and engaging learning for all adult learners, and apply these to your own practice.

You will engage in critical reflection of your own practice and other enquiry and research techniques to improve your practice

On completion, you will be a more confident and agile practitioner with the skills and competencies to design, teach, assess and evaluate educational programmes in line with best practice

Graduates will be able to progress to either our Postgraduate Diploma or our MA in Arts in Training and Education

Course Highlights
Flexible, part-time blended schedule
Delivered over one semester, with approximately three classes on campus per month (usually Fridays and Saturdays)
Practical and applied learning approach
Programme team of practitioners from a wide range of education, learning and development roles.
Networking opportunities with fellow practitioners in education, learning and development

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a Level 8 Primary degree in their area of expertise.

Applicants are also required to have lecturing or training experience with adult learners. The minimum experience requirement for the Certificate is 25 hours. Students must have a minimum of 2 hours of practice during the course of the programme. This is to facilitate peer and tutor observation sessions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL):
The Faculty welcomes applications from those who may not fulfil the above eligibility requirements however they may have prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the programme.

Applicants who wish to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

Subjects taught

Learners complete two taught modules from the MA in Education, Learning and Development. These modules engage participants in the underpinning concepts, theories and practices associated with the design and implementation of effective learning for all adult learners.

Professional Practice (10 ECTS)
Learning Designs: Contexts and Considerations (10 ECTS)


1 semester part-time/blended.

The Certificate in Education, Learning and Development has an intake in February 2020 in our Griffith College Limerick campus. Please click below to download the provisional 2020 timetable:

2020 CELD Timetable (Limerick)

The Certificate in Education, Learning and Development also has an intake in September 2020 in our Dublin campus on South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Please click below to download the 2019/2020 Calendar. Please note this timetable is subject to change for the next September 2020 intake in Dublin; however, you can use it as a guide.

2019/2020 CELD Timetable

You will note that modules are delivered in-class on Fridays and Saturdays. Students are required to come onto campus for these classes. In addition to the class days listed, you will note on the timetable there are:

Weekly Webinars (every Tuesday evening) - These 1-hour sessions are usually delivered using an online software called Zoom. The lecturer is online delivering content and participants can interact during the session. The purpose is to allow the lecturer to follow up on what was covered in their most recent module in class.

Small Group Mentoring/Drop-In Session (every Thursday 12-12:50pm) -These 50-minute online drop-in session are usually through an online software called Zoom or in in person. The purpose of these is for learners to touch base with their lecturer to raise any queries that they may have e.g. on an module assignment.

Tutorials (on Saturdays 4-5:30pm) -These are additional optional tutorials run by the Library on topics like referencing, academic writing, research etc. to support the learner.

Enrolment dates

Intake Dates
February 2020 (Limerick campus)
September 2020 (Dublin campus)

Post Course Info

Academic Progression
Graduates of the Special Purpose Certificate in Training & Education will be able to progress to Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Education, Learning and Development.

Career Progression
Having a Level 9 postgraduate qualification will increase your employment prospects and open up opportunities to apply for more advanced roles in the area of education, learning and development.

On completion, the graduate will be a confident and competent professional who demonstrates their mastery of designing learning experiences for a wide range of learners in many contexts. The exposure to learning from other practitioners and their complex contexts will have enhanced their own abilities to address challenges of ill-defined and unpredictable contexts. This high level of competence will ensure that graduates are agile and innovative practitioners.

At an organisational and national level, there is an increasing need for adult educators to have formal qualifications. Many who support learners in an organisational context such as role holders in Learning and Development or Human Resource departments have a Train the Trainer qualification at Level 7 or a degree in Human Resources. The individual or the organisation may want to have a higher level or specialist qualification to support and inform their role.

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