Education - Teaching & Learning in Higher Education - For Third Level Teachers

Course Outline
The aim of this programme is to provide staff in higher and further education with the opportunity to develop and professionalise their teaching practice to enhance learning, while gaining an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning. Be part of an international and interdisciplinary community of practice, attend live sessions led by CIRTL's highly experienced teaching team, and engage with quality materials on this fully online programme.

Students who have completed the PG Certificate and wish to further their professional development can progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and subsequently the Masters in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education also coordinated by CIRTL.

Why Choose This Course
This programme provides staff who teach in higher education with an ideal opportunity to develop their practice by researching their teaching to enhance learning. Such continuing professional development has the potential to enhance career opportunities.

Subjects taught

Postgraduate Certificate
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education showcases best practices in online teaching and acquaints participants with relevant theories and frameworks for designing curricula and assessment. The practical component of the programme enables participants to apply their learning in their own teaching context and share reflections with peers.

The Postgraduate Certificate is comprised of two modules taken sequentially, typically in one academic year:

TL6003 Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 1

TL6004 Practice Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 2

On successful completion of 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate, there is opportunity to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma. Please contact claire.devaney@ucc.ie for further information.

Postgraduate Diploma
The Postgraduate Diploma is a part-time, fully online course and runs for two semesters over the academic year. Participants complete 2 x 15 credit modules:

TL6005: Disciplinary Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (15 credits) - Semester 1

TL6006: Diversity in Student Learning (15 credits) - Semester 2

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, participants may progress to the Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Entry requirements

Requirements
The minimum academic entry requirement is a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8). In exceptional circumstances and subject to review by the programme team, candidates with an ordinary primary degree (NFQ, Level 7) may also be considered subject to meeting the teaching requirements. The programme is open to all staff who teach in the third level education sector who have an active teaching timetable. This could include supervision, placement work, lab-based work, in the field or in an online context. A minimum of 12 hours teaching in both semesters is required in order to fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme, i.e. a total of 24 teaching hours over the year.

PhD students are not eligible to apply for this programme but are encouraged to apply for the postgraduate training modules in teaching and learning and should contact claire.devaney@ucc.ie

English Language requirements
For applicants from non-native English speaking backgrounds, proof of English language certification is not required if currently employed in the third level education sector where the main language of instruction is English. Applicants who fall into this category are required to show proof of employment, e.g. a letter from your director of Human Resources, which is evidence of working in a third-level educational setting where the main language of instruction is English.

For applicants from non-native English speaking backgrounds, proof of English language certification is not required if currently employed in the third level education sector where the main language of instruction is English. Applicants who fall into this category are required to show proof of employment, e.g. a letter from your director of Human Resources, which is evidence of working in a third level educational setting where the main language of instruction is English.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland:
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Additional Requirements
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

What is your current occupation/specialty?

Application dates

Closing Date: 31 July 2022.

Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Assessment Info

Assessment

Participants will prepare a portfolio of practice and reflection as a continuous assessment process over the course of the year. The portfolio will have six main entries, on topics that are prescribed in the first semester and self -selecting in the second one. Each assignment/entry will be supported using a rubric, which will provide guidance regarding criteria and suggestions to develop the response. The portfolio will be framed by an introduction guiding the reader and a reflective conclusion harnessing learning and pinpointing implications for future practice and research. These assignments are undertaken on a pass /fail basis, in keeping with the spirit of continuing professional development.

Credits

Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits

Duration

1 year part-time online.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2020

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  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip/PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Professional Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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