School Leadership

The Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership is designed for teachers who aspire to leadership positions in schools. The programme will prepare aspiring leaders with the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications for senior school leadership positions. This programme is delivered by leading lecturers across four institutions (UL, NUIG and UCD) as well as by tutors with extensive experience in the area of educational leadership. This programme is part funded by the Department of Education and run in centres across the country.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1

Autumn Semester
• Induction
• Leading Learning and Teaching in the Irish context
• Professional Growth and Development

Spring Semester
• Leading School Development
• Mentoring and Coaching
• Leadership Visit 1

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• Managing the Organisation
• Developing Leadership Capacity
• Situation Learning - School based

Key Facts
The Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) / Dioplóma Gairmiúil i gCeannaireacht Scoile (DGCS) is designed to prepare aspiring leaders with the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications for senior school leadership positions.

Entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirement

NFQ 8 (Hons) and Teacher Education Qualification.

Registration Status

This course is open to all qualified teachers who hold a recognised post in a recognised primary or post primary school, and who are fully registered with the Teaching Council under the appropriate Teaching Council Registration Regulation i.e. Regulation 2 or 4 of the Teaching Council (Registration) regulations 2009 up to 25th July 2016 or Route 1 or 2 of the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2016 and The Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 thereafter.

Position & Experience
Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years' post qualification experience in a school and must have a teaching position in a primary or post primary school recognised by the Department of Education and Skills.

Evidence in writing from the principal of the participant's school confirming that the teacher, at the time of application, holds a teaching position in the school at the date of application.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)

Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.

A copy of your most recent CV.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


18 months, Blended and also on the web

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

  • Apply to

    Course provider