Teaching & Learning in Higher Education - for third level teachers

Course Outline
The Aim of this programme is to provide the staff of universities and other third level institutions with the opportunity to develop a research approach to their teaching and student learning and to provide them with the pedagogical tools that will enable them to document and harness student learning. The programme is grounded in the research principles of a scholarship of teaching and learning approach.

The Aims and Objectives of the programme are summarised as follows:

1.Knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning theories in the context of higher education
2.Understanding and appreciation of the needs of diverse learners and skills to respond to these needs
3.Understanding of the role of an academic as university teacher
4.Knowledge, understanding and skills of course planning, course design and course evaluation
5.Knowledge and understanding of various teaching strategies appropriate to different disciplines and subject areas
6.Knowledge and understanding of teaching as a form of scholarship within the university
7.Knowledge and understanding of the various forms of documentation of the scholarship of teaching
8.Knowledge and understanding of technology- enhanced learning and the development of an online community of practice
9.Knowledge and understanding of various modes and techniques of student assessment

The Programme Learning Outcomes best describe what a student should be able to do at the end of the course:
-Recognise teaching as a valid form of research and scholarship;
-Participate in discussions on teaching, learning and assessment as a community of scholars;
-Design modules based on principles of student-centred learning;
-Critique planning and teaching practice in the light of student learning/feedback;
-Engage with a diverse, multi-cultural student population;
-Hold a professional commitment to teaching and student learning.

Why Choose This Course
This programme provides teachers in higher education with an ideal opportunity to learn to research their teaching and look for the evidence of student learning. Such qualifications are now used as criteria for career progression and promotion. Most importantly, teachers sustain a reflective practice approach as researchers of teaching and learning. All third level teachers can benefit from the programme.

Entry requirements

The programme is intended for teachers in higher education institutions who have an active teaching timetable and could, therefore, review their courses and look for the evidence of student learning. The minimum academic entry requirement is an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Teachers must have an active teaching timetable in both semesters of the academic year (September to June)

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.


This programme will be taught online.
Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits - 1 year online part-time;
Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits - 2nd year online part-time

Participants will work online in the following ways: review lecture podcasts, participate in webinars, engage in online discussion forums, review video footage, follow online links, chat with critical friends, access electronic journals, review articles and create an online community of researchers.

Number of credits

Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

Staff taking this course do so to enhance and research their teaching. It is an important step in a lecturer's career trajectory, opening up opportunities for collaboration and development and promotion.

Further enquiries

Mary Clohessy
+ 353 21 4902919

Dr. Briony Supple
+353 21 4205118

Subjects taught


The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is comprised of two modules taken sequentially, typically in one academic year:

TL6003 Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 1

You will explore contemporary theories of teaching, learning and assessment and will relate these to your own teaching and to critiquing the curriculum design within your own disciplines. You will complete three assignments which include exploring you own teaching beliefs, looking for the evidence of your students' learning in a selected course and responding to key readings in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. These three assignments will form components of a Teaching Portfolio which will be completed by the end of the Postgraduate Certificate.

TL6004 Practice Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 2

You will focus on how theory and practice inform each other, particularly in the context of differentiated learning and multiple intelligences approaches. You will continue to build your teaching portfolio and include entries on new teaching approaches that you have tried in your own courses. Participants will also analyse their teaching spaces and will be expected to engage in reflective practice in class and online via discussion boards.

Assessment method

Participants will prepare a portfolio of practice and reflection as a continuous assessment process over the course of the year. The portfolio will have six main entries, on topics that are prescribed in the first semester and self -selecting in the second one. Each assignment/entry will be supported using a rubric, which will provide guidance regarding criteria and suggestions to develop the response. The portfolio will be framed by an introduction guiding the reader and a reflective conclusion harnessing learning and pinpointing implications for future practice and research. These assignments are undertaken on a pass /fail basis, in keeping with the spirit of continuing professional development.

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2019

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