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Educational Leadership

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership is a one-year, part-time postgraduate course which supports the professional growth of current and aspiring leaders in education, enabling them to contribute effectively to the improvement of practice in their own professional settings and the wider professional community. It will enable participants to develop the means of using critical reflection to enhance their own and others' professional practice. The course responds to the need for an updated conception of leadership and mentoring in education. Leaders in organisations need to be able to motivate, coach and mentor staff in rapidly changing environments with limited resources - a theme increasingly emphasised by the Teaching Council of Ireland. In this course students will learn about a variety of leadership styles as well as how to identify and develop personal, professional and pedagogical strengths and abilities to be an effective leader. Emphasis is placed on transformative leadership and team capacity-building.

Why Choose This Course
Course delivery over weekends means students do not need to commit to weekly attendance at College. A focus on the followership/mentorship aspect of leadership.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have:
An honours primary degree and three years or more relevant professional experience in education or cognate field. Relevant professional experience, equivalent to five full years, may be considered as an honours equivalent.
-It is desirable that candidates also have the following:

- Gained some professional experience of educational leadership;

-A clear sense of professional purpose (demonstrated via a 750 word statement of purpose submitted with the application - CKC18 Supplementary Form Questions

Supplementary Form CKC18 downloadable on course webpage (link below)

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.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


Duration: 1 year

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Number of credits

60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The course is focused on leadership development and is aimed at those with some experience of leadership in an educational setting. This course will develop practices in individuals to contribute to career-long personal professional learning and development of others.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Anita Cronin
353 (0)21 - 490 2467

Claire Dooley
353 (0)21 - 490 2467

Subjects taught

Students take 60 credits over the year:
ED6510 Organisational Management of the School (15 credits)
ED6511 Effective Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
ED6512 Leading Learning and School Improvement (15 credits)
ED6513 Mentoring and Coaching Practicum in Educational Leadership (15 credits)

The focus on effective leadership and schools as organisations explores and extends knowledge and understanding of discourses related to leadership at all levels. These three modules are designed to support the development of leadership and management practices in individuals in order to contribute to career-long professional learning and school improvement.

The coaching and mentoring component focuses on supporting the professional learning and growth of colleagues; developing the knowledge, understanding and skills required to use a coaching and mentoring approach to developing capacity and capability in others; and, to evaluate impact on professional learning.

Please click this link for further details contained in the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year. PG Calendar

Link to University Postgraduate Academic Calendar for further details on the content and modules are available in Calendar - Book of Modules online.


Additional Teaching Mode Information
This is a part-time programme is expected to run for 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme and is open to Irish/EU students only as it is based part-time.

Course Practicalities
The programme will run over one academic year with four 15-credit modules run on a Saturday, each module taking place over two Saturdays. Modules will be delivered through a mixed mode of seminars, on-line discussion, self-study materials and work-based learning.

Assessment method

Assessment will be continuous over the course: three modules will be assessed with small in-class assignments during the module and larger projects following conclusion of each module. The Mentoring and Coaching module will be assessed on the basis of a professional practice portfolio developed over the course of the programme.

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 6th start date for Semester 1 2019

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