Education - Further Education

This is a professional teaching qualification in further education open to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. It provides the student teacher with the theoretical knowledge and the practical and reflective skills required to confidently work in adult education settings including further, community, higher education and training settings. The course includes a 100 hours of teaching practice.

Entry requirements

A primary degree (level 8) OR a level 7 degree and an appropriate additional qualification as per the Teaching Council regulations. For international students whose first language is not English, an English exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHA90 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

This course has professional accreditation of Further Education Initial Teacher Education from the Teaching Council of Ireland, enabling graduates to work in adult education teaching settings.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Directors: Michael Kenny and Fergal Finnegan
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3784 / 3590
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 4687
Web: /adult-and-community-education

Subjects taught

Modules include sociology of adult and further education, learning methodologies, philosophy of adult education, curriculum studies and assessment methods, ethics and teaching practice.


Adult and Community Education at Maynooth is at the forefront of development in adult educational practices, research, and innovation in Ireland. The Department has influenced policy development on equality of access to education, professionalisation of the sector, lifelong learning, and recognition of prior learning. The Department is recognised as a leader in outreach programmes for third level education.

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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