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Learning & Teaching

Is this course for you?
This level 9 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 across the North West/West 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
• Assessment is assignment based
• Links theory to practice

Entry requirements

Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirements are a Level 8 Honours Degree, or equivalent, second class honours (2.2). If you don’t have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants should be currently involved in an active teaching role.


2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Career opportunity
Successful graduates find themselves working in the following sectors:
• Primary Education
• Secondary Education
• Third Level Education
• Further Education

Graduate careers typically include:
• Primary School Vice-Principal/ Principal
• Secondary School Vice-Principal/ Principal
• Lecturer

Follow-on courses
• Further advanced Level 9 (Masters) and Level 10 studies (Doctoral) at other institutions and universities at home and abroad.

Further enquiries

Anne Burke, Head of Department of Law & Humanities
E- Mail:
Telephone: (074) 9186204

Subjects taught

What will I study?
Semester 1
Student Centred Learning and Teaching - Mandatory
Academic Writing in Research - Mandatory

Semester 2
Assessment Mandatory
Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Creativity and Scholarship - Mandatory

Semester 3
Research Methods - Mandatory

Choose one of the following electives
• Technology Enhanced Learning
• Inclusive Curriculum
• Educational Leadership Management
• Effective Supervision
• Restorative Practice: A Transformative Approach to Teaching and Learning
• Recognition of Prior Learning

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