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Learning & Teaching

This Programme is designed to support the development of learning and teaching within third level, further education, post primary and primary sectors.

The suite of offerings provide academics with the opportunity to develop their professional practice. The modules explore the link between effective teaching and reflective practice, providing learners with the scope to critically analyse their own teaching practice. The programme offer a variety of pathways for students from the study of a single certificate to completion of the full Masters in Learning and Teaching.

A key aspect of the programme is the relationship between effective teaching and reflective practice; the imperative to reflect not only on what we should teach, but how effectively we teach. In every module critical reflective practice, based on evidence rather than anecdote, is required and used as the basis for self-evaluation and self-improvement. The collection and analysis of evidence will therefore be a prominent feature of the programme as a whole.

The programme promotes a student centred approach to learning and teaching. It supports professional development, providing an opportunity to develop skills through practically focused modules. The programme reflects the growing understanding of the central role of assessment and evaluation in learning and teaching and the importance of academic writing and research at every stage of education. Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively across disciplines with practitioners from all levels within education. In this way the programme provides a unique opportunity for educators to deepen their understanding of learning and teaching across different stages of education.

Key features include:
Focused on developing professional practice in learning and teaching

Leading national and international best practice speakers

Blended learning delivery

Work based learning and research in all modules

Block delivery over 2 years at weekends

Links theory to practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the MA in Learning & Teaching, the learner will be able to:

Critically analyse and evaluate the key features and structures of relevant academic texts relating to strategies, theories and models of effective learning, teaching and assessment.

Evaluate and integrate theory, research and practice, to enhance student-centred learning and teaching.

Compare and contrast effective teaching skills and strategies used by self and others, sharing ideas concerning this with peers and other colleagues via mentoring, peer review, critical review and self- reflection.

Engage in independent learning and communicate effectively.
Demonstrate creativity, and where relevant, originality, through practitioner based research/critical reflective practice.

Plan and carry out complex research projects in specific curricular areas of teaching including dissertation/research papers.

Prioritise, analyse and interpret main research sources and findings relevant to the field of study in the context of a research dissertation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a Level 8 Degree, minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent

LYIT operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) scheme where applicants may be considered based on relevant work and other experience, for exemptions from programme modules and advanced entry.

Throughout this programme, critical reflection on learning and teaching practices is an integral part of an evidence based approach to teacher development; therefore, applicants should be currently involved in an active teaching role.


Block delivery over 2 years at weekends

Further enquiries

Main Contact Cathal Kearney, Dorset College by E- Mail: / Tel: 01) 8309677

Alternative Contact Anne Burke, Head of Department of Law and Humanities, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
E- Mail: / Tel: (074) 9186204

Subjects taught

Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching

Year/Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/Elective No of credits
Class hours per week


Student Centred Learning And Teaching Mandatory 10 2 Friday Evenings & 2 Saturdays

Academic Writing in Research Mandatory 5 1 Friday Evening & 1 Saturday


Assessment Mandatory 10 2 Friday Evenings & 2 Saturdays


Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Creativity and Scholarship Mandatory 10 2 Friday Evenings & 2 Saturdays


Research Methods Mandatory 15 2 Friday Evenings & 3 Saturdays

Choosen Elective module* Mandatory 10 2 Friday Evening & 2 Saturday


Research Project Mandatory 30


Graduates from this programme will achieve a major award on the National Qualifications Framework at level 9. The title of this award is a "Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching".

Award Type: Major
Awarding Body: LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI

Assessment method

Assessment is assignment based

Application date

Application made directly to Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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