Education Learning & Development

Revitalise your professional practice with new insights from research.

Are you a practitioner who wishes to advance your skills and competencies at postgraduate level? Gain a specialist qualification at Griffith College which will enable you to support and inform your role and prepare you for leadership in your field.

Why Study Education, Learning and Development at Griffith College?
Do you support adult learners in your workplace? This can be within an organisational setting or a higher education setting e.g. a Learning and Development specialist, a role holder in Human Resources, a trainer etc. or a lecturer in higher education. Do you want to energise your practice with new insights from research? Here are some of the benefits of studying with Griffith College:

You will join a diverse, collaborative, reflective community of educational practitioners who learn from and with each other.

You will engage in the underpinning concepts, theories and best practices associated with the design and implementation of effective 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 and share learning.

On completion, you will have a specialist postgraduate qualification to support and inform your role, which in turn will prepare you for leadership in your field.

On completion, you will be qualified to teach as a lecturer in higher education or deliver training in your workplace.

Having the Postgraduate Diploma and Special Purpose Certificate embedded in the Master's programme gives students a more flexible pathway to enable them to secure professional qualifications in a way that suits their personal and professional lives.

Course Highlights
Flexible, part-time blended schedule
Delivered via face-to-face workshops on campus, taking place approximately 3 days a month (Fridays and Saturdays), weekly recorded webinars, online mentoring sessions and online drop-in sessions.
Elective specialism allows you to choose modules which align with your individual educational and training needs or career development.
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

Course Details
Learners on the Postgraduate Diploma programme complete the Certificate modules (20 ECTS) in semester one and an additional suite of modules totalling 40 ECTS in semester two and three.

There are five mandatory modules that build on the knowledge and skills developed within the Certificate. Strategic Learning and Development carries 10 ECTS and all other modules are 5 ECTS. This suite of modules builds on the knowledge, skills and competences developed within the Certificate and provides opportunities for consolidating learning in areas such as learning theories within Psychology of Learning and further exploration of principles of inclusion within Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Learners also choose two modules as electives from a current suite of five elective modules in year one, semester two. These electives are offered subject to demand within a particular cohort of participants. This facilitates participants specialising in areas of interest. These modules are banded and scheduled within semester two. A range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies are used so that participants engage in authentic activities such as collaborative group tasks and individual reflective writing.

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 Masters is 50 hours. Students must have a minimum of 2 hours 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

Semester One (Certificate 20 ECTS)
Professional Practice (10 ECTS)
Learning Designs: Contexts and Considerations (10 ECTS)

Semesters Two & Three (Postgraduate Diploma 40 ECTS)
Strategic Learning and Development (10 ECTS)
Psychology of Learning (5 ECTS)
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (5 ECTS)
Research Methods (5 ECTS)
Personal and Professional Development (5 ECTS)

Elective Modules (choose two)
Emergent Learning Technologies (5 ECTS)
Innovation for Learning (5 ECTS)
Supervision of Research Projects (5 ECTS)
Workplace Learning (5 ECTS)
Learning Analytics (5 ECTS)


15 months Part-time/Blended Learning. Please see website for up-to-date timetable.

Enrolment dates

Intake Dates
Dublin: February 2020, September 2020.

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Academic Progression
Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Education may go on to complete the MA in Education, Learning and Development.

Career Progression
Our Masters programme aims to advance the professional development of educators and practitioners with the aim of furthering their careers and preparing them for leadership roles in their field.

Having a Level 9 postgraduate specialist qualification will increase your opportunity for career advancement and promotion.

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. Our programme addresses these needs.

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