Adult Guidance & Counselling

The MEd in Adult Guidance & Counselling MHA51 is designed to meet the learning needs of

- Policy makers
- Managers of change in organisations and systems
- Facilitators of new approaches to research and development
- Managers of service delivery in changing contexts

This programme is particularly suited to those who are seeking theoretical frameworks from which to explore and question the assumptions that underpin
their work practices and critical reflection.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be qualified, registered teachers with an honours degree or honours postgraduate diploma in education or equivalent qualifications. Experience in areas such as pastoral care or a school care team will be an asset.


MHA51 1 year Part-time

Careers or further progression

Successful completion of Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling will qualify participants to provide and manage a School Guidance Counselling Service.

The programme is recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Skills, the National Centre for Guidance in Education and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors as a professional, international qualification in Guidance Counselling.


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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