Education - School Guidance Counselling

The course is designed to prepare education professionals to provide school guidance and counselling services. The programme is recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Science, the National Centre for Guidance in Education and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally registered teachers with an honours degree or honours postgraduate diploma in education or equivalent qualifications.


MH93G 1 year Part-time

Careers or further progression

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance and Counselling will qualify participants, who are already registered teachers, to provide and manage a School Guidance Counselling Service in a school.

Further enquiries

Programme Directors: Dr. Grace O' Grady
Tel: (01) 7083939

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Participants attend Maynooth University one day per week (Friday 9am-4.30pm) and school placement one day per week (Monday)


Maynooth University Department of Education is at the forefront of postgraduate teacher education, leadership, and guidance and counselling in Ireland. We are concerned with the study of education and provide an energetic, dynamic, interdisciplinary research culture. We are engaged in a broad range of educational research. We work to develop and critique the provision of education, and we provide a series of courses aimed at education professionals.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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