The Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) provides the further education student teachers with the professional knowledge, understanding and pedagogical skills required to carry out their teaching roles and responsibilities. The course has been specifically developed to meet the needs of persons working in the Further Education sector who wish to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of registration as a Further Education teacher in Ireland and the EU, as well as other English speaking countries.
The PDE(FE) aims to:
Provide student teachers with the theoretical knowledge, pedagogical skills and professional competences required to successfully teach and facilitate learning in the further education sector
Develop competent teachers whose teaching practice is underpinned by ongoing reflective learning and by the core values of the teaching profession
Engender a sense of collegiality and relationship building within the further education sector
Foster commitment to the teaching profession built on espousing a love of teaching and lifelong learning, and on championing the potential of all learners.
Teaching Practice Requirements
Applicants must demonstrate that they are in a position to undertake the teaching practice requirements of the PDE(FE).
In YEAR 1 applicants must be in a position to commence their Teaching Practice Portfolio.
In YEAR 2 applicants must be in a position to carry out their teaching practice class requirements (100 hours of teaching) in subject(s) in which they seek to be registered by the Teaching Council and must be in a position to complete their Teaching Portfolio.
It is the responsibility of each programme participant to arrange a suitable further education teaching practice school or centre.
Entry requirements for the programme are designed to comply with Regulation Five of the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations, 2009. Regulation Five details the requirements for registration of teachers in the further education sector. For further information on Regulation Five see The Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2009 available at: www.teachingcouncil.ie
Three 2-day workshops are delivered on the NUI Galway campus each year. In addition, Year 1 students attend a 1-day orientation workshop.
On successful completion of the programme, student teachers will be able to:
Evaluate teaching practices and strategies to select appropriate teaching methods for diverse learners in the further education sector
Apply relevant theories and concepts of adult learning and teaching to teaching practices and methods
Develop programme curricula that comply with the requirements of quality assurance policies and national awarding bodies
Design and develop formative and summative assessment procedures that constructively support learners' learning and that assess learners' achievement of learning outcomes
Design quality assurance procedures that monitor and evaluate the academic integrity and standards of QQI (or equivalent) accredited programmes
Reflectively appraise the knowledge and skills that contribute to successful adoption of the core values, beliefs and skills of the professional teacher
Engage in reflective practice as part of the ongoing development of expert knowledge, pedagogical skills and professional competence.