Teaching & Learning

ATU - Galway Campuses

Teaching & Learning

Three postgraduate qualifications in Teaching & Learning designed for those working in higher education and further education, either in Ireland or overseas.

This suite of programmes has been designed for applicants who would like to gain a formal qualification in teaching and learning in Higher Education, and/or a qualification in Further Education.

In addition, it is for those who wish to develop and enrich their own teaching and learning practices in the context of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

The programmes are:
1. Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Minor Award, Level 9, 30 ECTS)
2. Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Level 9, 60 ECTS) + Minor Certificate Awards available for each stand alone Module undertaken in the Diploma
3. Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (Level 9, 90 ECTS)

Read our Teaching and Learning programme lecturer profiles and/or and download our brochure (PDF, 1MB).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Check out Frequently asked Questions about GMIT's MA in Teaching and Learning.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Thesis in Education Science
30 credits

The Research Cycle: Foundation
10 credits

Teaching and Learning
30 credits

Assessment and Evaluation
15 credits

5 credits

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
10 credits

Student Centred Learning (SCL)
10 credits

Technology Enhanced Learning
15 credits

Learning & Teaching e-Portfolio
10 credits

Educational Leadership and Management
10 credits

Creating an Inclusive Curriculum
5 credits

Education for Sustainability
10 credits

Digital Teaching & Learning
10 credits

Professional Development Framework Portfolio (PDFP)
5 credits

Postgraduate Supervisory Skills
5 credits

Entry requirements

Access Requirements
The entry requirement for undertaking the programme is an Honours Degree (H2.2) in any discipline.

Entry can be at any of the three stages, as follows:
1. Certificate in Teaching and Learning – Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) or equivalent.
2. Diploma in Teaching and Learning - Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) and the Certificate in Teaching and Learning or equivalent.
3. Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning - Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) and the Certificate in Teaching and Learning, and the Diploma in Teaching and Learning or equivalent.

Applicants must be lecturing in Higher Education, since a lecturing placement is integral to programme delivery.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Candidates with further qualifications at Level 9 in education or teaching practice may also employ GMIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes and the
RPL assessment e-Portfolio tool (www.myexperience.ie) to determine if they meet the standard.

Candidates can use RPL as a means of accessing the programme. They can also use RPL to gain exemptions. This is in accordance with Code of Practice No. 6 (Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning).

RPL can be either certified or experiential. This validity of this RPL will be in accordance with the Code of Practice No. 6.

Furthermore, the programme makes allowances for the entry of international students holding qualifications at the appropriate level.

GMIT will assess Individual applicants on a case-by-case basis, in line with its RPL policy.

Where required, the programme board will also engage with GMIT's International Office to map progression from partner colleges abroad.

Application dates

Applications are invited annually by June 1st (for modules starting in September) and December 1st for modules starting in January.

To apply, please complete our online application process (external site)

• Applications for the Research Cycle: Foundation Diploma module and the Thesis in Education Science modules are due by December 1st, in the year prior to commencement.
• Certificate applications are due by June 1st annually and the Diploma modules commence at different stages throughout the year.
• Applications for modules running in Semester 1 are due by June 1st and applications for modules running in Semester 2 are due by December 1st.


3 years
Mode of Study: Part Time
Method of Delivery: Blended

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible,Blended

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