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Education - Further Education

Who is this course for:
• Tutors, instructors, trainers (full-time or part-time) who are currently working in further education schools and centres, and who wish to obtain a teaching qualification
• Individuals working in the further education sector and who wish to obtain a further education teaching qualification
• Those who seek registration with the Teaching Council

Course Profile
The aim of the course is to provide student teachers with a recognised teaching qualification. It provides the trainee teachers with the professional knowledge, understanding and pedagogical skills required to carry out their further education teaching roles and responsibilities.

The course content guides student teachers in developing the theoretical knowledge, pedagogical skills and professional competencies required to successfully teach in the further education sector. Participants will study teaching methods and techniques, curriculum design and development and the theory of adult learning processes. Quality assurance concepts and procedures are studied to provide participants with the competences necessary to meet awarding bodies' requirements. Throughout the course, student teachers will complete microteaching sessions and will engage in ongoing reflection on their practice. Teaching placement in line with Teaching Council of Ireland requirements is a core component of the course.

Entry requirements

Special Entry Requirements
Educational Requirements
Level 8 primary degree or Level 7 ordinary degree and an additional qualification.

Teaching Practice Requirements
Applicants must demonstrate that they are in a position to undertake the teaching practice requirements of the PDE(FE).

These include:
• Year 1: commencing a teaching practice portfolio
• Year 2: carrying out teaching practice class requirements (100 hours of teaching) in subject(s) in which registration with the Teaching Council is sought

Note: Garda Vetting is a requirement for this course.


2 years, part-time.
Blended Learning

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

What career or further study opportunities are there?
Successful students who successfully complete the course gain exemption to progress to the Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Development. The course provides students with a recognised teacher education qualification. It 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 as a further education teacher in Ireland and the EU, as well as other English-speaking countries.

Further enquiries

Edel Molloy
Tel: 091 494058

Assessment method

Assessment methods include written assignments, practical assignments (videos), online activities, learning portfolios, projects and a teaching portfolio.

Application date


The closing dates for each course varies, but are typically from mid-July to late August each academic year.

Once you apply online your application is assessed in accordance with the course selection criteria. Successful applicants are informed via email.

To accept your place, you will be required to:
1.Accept your course place using the online applications portal
2.Pay a deposit within the specified timeframe – this deposit is offset against the full fee payment

The process of assessing applications and offering places may take between three and four weeks and you are advised to regularly check the email address used for correspondence as all course communication will be sent to you at this email address.

Additional registration details and communication from the relevant department will be issued to all applicants approximately two weeks before the course commences, informing you of the registration date and lecture times for the course.

Course fee

Fees: (per annum)
EU: €3,500 Non-EU: €4,000

Enrolment and start dates

Starts September

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