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Teaching & Learning

What is this programme about?

This MA in Teaching and Learning programme aims to provide a structured, integrated programme for developing high level, evidence-based competence in teaching, learning and scholarship within third level, further education, post primary and primary sectors. The programme aims to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and competencies to design, teach, assess and evaluate educational programmes and to enable them to become professional, reflective practitioners.

It will also equip graduates for roles in academic leadership and/or research supervision. The flexible delivery of the programme offers learners the possibility of studying stand-alone modules right up to completing the full MA in Teaching and Learning.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this programme, students should be able to:

• Critically analyse current theories and research in teaching, learning and assessment practices and policies in higher education;

• Assess, select and evaluate the use of varied teaching and assessment strategies, including the integration of digital technologies to ensure effective teaching practices and enhance student engagement;

• Synthesise pedagogical research with discipline-based expertise to enhance models of higher education practice and the design of education programmes for diverse learners;

• Apply the reflective practitioner model in order to identify and promote improvements to own practice, whilst demonstrating professionalism and high ethical standards;

• Demonstrate initiative and leadership skills in working with peers and other educators and the wider community in designing curricula, leading programmes and/or conducting research supervision in diverse educational settings;

• Evaluate the wider social, political and economic environment within which the teaching professional operates;

• Demonstrate reflectivity and creativity in the interpretation and application of concepts, methods and approaches to teaching, learning and assessment;

• Develop knowledge and expertise in the use of appropriate research methods in higher education and use these to research practice and make a contribution to knowledge;

• Design and execute an independent, critical, and reflective professional investigation which examines the relationship between theory and practice, adopting the most appropriate research methods to address and analyse the identified issues.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a Level 8 degree, minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent. IT Carlow operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) scheme whereby applicants may be considered, based on relevant work and other experience, for exemptions from programme modules and advanced entry.

As critical reflection on teaching and learning practices is an integral part of this programme, applicants should be currently involved in (or envisage being involved in) an active teaching role. All applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

All applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


2 Years (part-time)

Fridays /Saturdays

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005


Awarded By IT Carlow

Exam Information
Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable, be examined in week beginning 12th December 2016. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable, be examined in May 2017.

Course fee

Fees FOR 2016-17 €3,000 per year

Enrolment and start dates

Starting Date September 2016

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