Learning & Teaching

This course is designed to meet the needs of learning and teaching professionals in adult and workplace education, and further and higher education contexts. It will provide an understanding of the theories, research and practical strategies for learning throughout life. The course focuses on facilitating your ability to develop the learning of others in different contexts by, for example, the application of new technologies to instruction, the use of strategies to support learning, and the creation of valuable and effective assessments.

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to enquire, question and critique modern conceptions of how we learn and how we can bring about learning in others. The course will include guest lecturers and a variety of participative instructional approaches. You will be expected to complete practical assignments and to build your skills as an educator. In the second year you will be expected to complete a research-based dissertation.

Who is the course for?
This course is for leaders in learning who wish to become proficient and professional educators capable of operating in a range of learning environments. It will prove particularly useful if you are a college teacher, a professional educator in workplace education, community education or if you are interested in your own lifelong learning.

Award and Progression
The Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This award will allow transfer to level 9 research degrees and in some cases progression to doctoral study at level 10 on the NFQ.

Entry requirements

Applicants holding an honours degree 2.2 (level 8) in any discipline ideally with professional involvement in the delivery of learning in education or in training will be considered for the course. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme, which means that applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work or other relevant experience. All applicants will be interviewed by the Programme Director or member of the programme team. Depending on where applicants are working, there may also be a requirement for Garda vetting.


Part-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule
Year 1: Sept – May Tuesday and Thursday 18.30-21.30 and some Saturdays 09.30-13.30. Some classes may be delivered online.

Year 2: Sept – May Tuesdays 18.30-21.30 and some Saturdays 09.30-13.30

2 calendar years

Careers or further progression

This award will allow transfer to level 9 research degrees and in some cases progression to doctoral study at level 10 on the NFQ.

Further enquiries

For Further Information Contact:
The Admissions Team
Telephone: 1850 221 721

Subjects taught

Year 1

. Theories of Learning and Teaching

. Contemporary and Enduring Questions in Education and Assessment

. Strategies of Learning and Teaching

. Cultural and Individual Aspects of Learning

. Practicum in Teaching for Further Education (Further Education strand)

. Practicum in Teaching for Adult and Workforce Education (Adult and Workforce Education strand)

. Personal Development, Coaching and Mentoring (Adult and Workforce Education strand)

. Technology Enhanced Learning

. Educational Assessment

Year 2

. Contextual Studies
. Research Methods, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
. Dissertation

This course has a blended approach that schedules some classroom-based lectures alongside online classes. This gives students the opportunity to meet-up in the college and speak directly with lecturers.


Location: IFSC Campus/Online

Course fee

Year 1: €4,750
Year 2: €3250
Total fee: €8000 (Fees revised annually)

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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