Educational Leadership & Management - Future Leaders Programme

Maynooth University, Department of Education are offering an exciting and innovative Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management (Future Leaders) for teachers who seek, or are currently in, leadership roles. The Future Leaders programme includes a combination of practical skills and theoretical foundations to support preparation for leadership and management positions at all levels.

The programme is designed and delivered by experienced leaders from a variety of professional education roles and has input from national and international academic/practitioner experts in the areas of educational leadership and management.

The diploma is offered at Level 9, with 60 credits and will be completed over one year on a part-time basis.

Entry requirements

(a) Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

(b) A teaching qualification or equivalent qualifications as appropriate to the applicant's field.

(In the absence of a teaching qualification, proof of current full registration with the Teaching Council showing the years of qualification may be considered)

(c) A minimum of 3 years full time, qualified teaching experience.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850


1 Year Part-Time

Careers or further progression

This programme is suitable for teachers at all levels who seek, or are currently in, leadership/management roles and who wish to progress their careers in this regard.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Paula Kinnarney (contact for queries relating to course and course content)

Executive Assistant: Kathryn Aherne (contact for queries relating to course application process)

Tel (01) 708 3731 / 6715

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Address Department of Education Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Subjects taught

Modules include:
•Leading and Managing Educational Innovation
•Leadership for Enhancing Cultures of Communication
•Participative Research as Leadership Practice
•The Person and The Professional: Who am I as Leader?
•Legal Contexts, Policy and Practice
•Coaching & Mentoring in & as Leadership Practice



The course will be offered in the academic year (2018/2019) in the following venues (times & days) subject to sufficient numbers:

Maynooth University: Monday – 5.00-8.00pm

Tralee Education Centre: Monday – 5.00-8.00pm

North Dublin Centre (Drumcondra Area – Venue to be confirmed): Tuesday – 5.00-8.00pm

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre – Wednesday – 5.00-8.00pm

Laois Education Centre (Portlaoise) : Thursday - 5.00-8.00pm

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date : 08 May 2019

Please be advised:

(i) Places on the course will be limited. In the event of significant over subscription of completed and eligible applications by the closing date;

a. Additional centres may be offered or

b. Applicants will be offered a place on the programme for the academic year 2019-20.

(ii) Late applications may be considered in some/all centres depending on numbers.

Documents required for application:

In order to be prepared to make an official application via the Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC) , please have the following documents ready:
•Certified copies* of all official transcripts of results showing date of conferral or degree/diploma parchments (Primary Degree, Teaching Qualification or Concurrent Degree (including Teaching Qualification).
•Certified copy* of birth certificate or valid passport.
•Names and contact information of two referees.

Please note: A certified copy** is a copy of an original document that has been verified as being a true copy after the original document has been sighted by an authorised person (a member of An Garda Siochana, a Solicitor, or Commissioner for Oaths)

When making your PAC application, please note a personal statement and uploaded copies of references are NOT required.

If you have any questions relating to the above information please contact:

Kathryn Aherne for queries relating to course application process at or (01) 708 6715

Paula Kinnarney for queries relating to course content at or (01) 708 3731
or with your specific queries.

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