Teaching & Learning

What is the programme about?
The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning aims to provide a structured, integrated programme for developing high level, evidence-based competence in teaching, learning and scholarship within the 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 Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning.

The embedded Postgraduate Diploma comprises five mandatory modules and one elective module. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, learners are required to complete 60 credits. For the Masters qualification, learners are required to complete the Postgraduate Diploma and complete an additional 30 credits: Education Research Methods (10 credits) and a Masters Research Project (20 credits).

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?
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. IT Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


2 years part-time (Fridays /Saturdays)

Careers or further progression

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates of the programme may progress to a PhD programme of study in the discipline areas, in Ireland or abroad. Graduates of the programme may also be eligible to progress to a professional doctorate in the field of teaching and learning, in both Irish and international Institutions.

Individual modules from the programme are now offered as stand-alone modules and are accredited as minor awards at Level 9. This is a new feature of the programme. These modules are as follows:
• Certificate in Teaching and Learning 1 (Foundation)
• Certificate in Teaching and Learning 2 (Advanced)
• Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning
• Certificate in Research Supervision.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Mandatory Modules
Teaching and Learning 1
Teaching and Learning 2
Assessment and Feedback
Curriculum Design
Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning
Education Research Methods
Masters Research Project

Elective Subjects
Academic Leadership
Research Supervision

Application date

Closing Date for Applications
All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon Friday 24th August 2018.
All other applications – 12 noon Friday 24th August 2018.

Course fee

€3,00 per year.

Enrolment and start dates

How to apply
Application for the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning is made online via the Institute of Technology Carlow website - www.

1. Choose your programme/s from our prospectus or online programme listing.

It is very important that you review all of the following before applying:
• Entry requirements
• Supporting documentation requirements for your application
• Course modules and information
• Schedule and location
• Fees
• Relevant course code
• Closing dates for applications where applicable.

Should you have any queries, or need further information on a particular programme of study, please contact the Lifelong Learning Office.

2. Gather all supporting documentation required for your application (e.g. references, CV, personal statement etc.).

Scanned copies of your supporting documentation must be uploaded with your application. Documents must be in a clear format, of good quality and a readable size.

Poor quality/unreadable documents may seriously affect the assessment of your application.

3. Apply online at

The online application system is now open for new applications for the academic year 2018/2019. This is an online application system that allows applicants to apply for multiple programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow.

Course selection may be from any of our Degrees, Higher Certificate and Certificate programmes.

To ensure a place on your chosen course we advise applying as soon as possible. Certain programmes are restricted to a limited number of applicants and places on said courses are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Institute of Technology Carlow reserves the right to request that some applicants attend for interview to determine their suitability for individual programmes.

4. Applicants will be contacted by email if further information or proof of qualifications are required.

5. Getting started

Applicants who receive an offer of a place must pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place. The dates of offers will be posted on the IT Carlow website. Our academic year starts in September and academic timetables and other news and events will be posted on the website.

Start Date:
September 2018.

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