University Teaching & Learning

ProfCert University Teaching & Learning
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 15)

Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning - a professional qualification in university teaching and learning. The minimum course duration is 1 year and the maximum duration is 3 years.

- Taught by experienced academic staff

- Research-informed and experiential approaches to developing your repertoire of teaching, learning and assessment strategies

- Learn about creative approaches to teaching through discussion with your peers

- Participants will engage in active, discursive and collaborative learning approaches. The emphasis is on critically reflecting on one’s own practice to plan, implement and review new teaching and learning initiatives in disciplinary contexts

Subjects taught

Stage 1- Option
Assessment and Feedback in Higher EducationUTL40140
Becoming a Better University TeacherUTL40180
Active Learning with TechnologyUTL40190
Designing CurriculaUTL40200
Teaching Across CulturesUTL40250
Leading in University T&LUTL40260

Entry requirements

Entry to the Professional Certificate and the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development is open to faculty and academic related staff who are;

1) currently teaching in higher education (i.e. within a university or at NFQ level 7 or above).

2) in an active teaching role including design, delivery and assessment of modules

3) undertaking a significant teaching commitment, defined as a minimum of 2 hours teaching per week per semester or 48 hours over the course of the academic year.

Professional staff who teach as part of their brief and meet criteria 1, 2 and 3 above may apply for the programme and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please note that the Professional Certificate and the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development are not suitable for tutors or postdoctoral and research fellows. UCD Teaching and Learning offers the module University Teaching and Learning for Tutors, Demonstrators and TAs (UTL40230) and the University Teaching & Learning Practice seminar series. In the exceptional circumstances where a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (level 2) is approved as module coordinator by Academic Council (or its relevant subcommittee) and has completed the Seminar Series for Post Doctoral Researcher Fellows they are eligible to apply to the programmes. It will be a requirement on the part of the applicant to present evidence to support these criteria.

The final decision on eligibility of all candidates will be made by the Board of Studies on the recommendation of the Programme Director.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning PT (U005)
3 Years
Part Time

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3 Years Part-Time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
The Professional Certificate (15 ECTS credits) in University Teaching and Learning is an in-service programmes for those who are currently teaching in higher education (i.e NQF level 7 or above). It offers academics at different stages of their careers opportunities to review and improve their teaching skills and their understanding of approaches and theories in effective higher education.

Academics at the start of their career will develop skills to work effectively in the classroom and learn to draw on pedagogical theory and research in informing their teaching. More experienced academics will be offered opportunities to revitalise their teaching and to try out new approaches to curriculum design and assessment.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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