Education - Teaching in Further Education - Waterford

Programme participants will complete taught modules which focus on both the practical skills and the theoretical frameworks that underpin the practice of teaching in FET. In addition, participants must complete 100 hours of Practice Placement in authentic FET, where they can apply their learning in real world teaching settings.

On successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:

Critically evaluate the educational and social context within which adult and further education take place nationally and internationally;

Analyse and reflect critically on the particular features of teaching and learning in the adult and further education sectors;

Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the further education sector and other sectors of education in Ireland;

Exercise discernment in selecting and applying pedagogical and/or andrological approaches to teaching, learning and assessment appropriate to different learner groups;

Critique an appropriate range of approaches for the teaching and learning of the subject matter, including assessment and feedback, as appropriate to different learner groups;

Design a programme, course or module appropriate for the learners, including teaching techniques, assessment and evaluation modes, in accordance with the requirements of the relevant awarding body;

Demonstrate successful teaching by initiating and leading purposeful activity in in authentic settings, and respond in a skilful manner within unpredictable contexts;

Engage in a committed manner to reflective practice, contribute to and learn from communities of practice, and act as a change agent where deemed appropriate within the profession

Appraise existing and emerging technologies suitable for integration into their practice.

Subjects taught

Theoretical Modules:
Sociology of Adult Education
Philosophy and Critical Education Theory
Educational Psychology for Further Education
Curriculum and Assessment
Policy and Policy Making in Further Education

Professional Studies & Practice Placement Modules:
Introduction to Professional Practice
Foundations of Effective Teaching in Further Education
Developing Effective Teaching in FE
Practice Placement 1
Practice Placement 2
Practice Placement 3

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:
NFQ Level 8 qualification in an area that is currently taught in FET in Ireland;
100 hours of practice placement in an approved FET setting;
Garda Vetting.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview subject to meeting the above entry requirements.

Application dates



18 months part-time.

Full-time over one academic year i.e., 9am-5pm on Thursdays and Fridays semester 1) & 9am-5pm on Thursdays (semester 2).

Part-time over three semesters i.e., 9am-5pm on Thursdays (semesters 1 & 2) & 9am-5pm on Fridays (semester 3).

Post Course Info

The Irish Further Education and Training sector provides graduates of this programme with a wide range of contexts in which to pursue their teaching careers. Opportunities for qualified further education teachers are to be found in a variety of settings from Colleges of Further Education to Adult Education Centres, Adult Literacy Services and other settings. Graduates of this programme have gone on to work on a range of different further education programmes, including Post Leaving Certificate programmes, Youthreach programmes, programmes that are run under the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI )and the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS), as well as in community education contexts and on both accredited and non-accredited adult education programmes. A number of graduates have also gone on to further study at WIT, including at doctoral level in Education.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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