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Educational Leadership

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. The following details contained in the course WEB link may be subject to some changes and will be updated accordingly.

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 and professional strengths and abilities to be an effective leader. Emphasis is placed on transformative leadership and team capacity-building.

The programme will run over one academic year with four 15-credit modules run at weekends, each module taking place over two weekends. Modules will be delivered through a mixed mode of seminars, online tutorials, self-study materials and work-based learning.

Entry requirements

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


Duration: 1 year

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Number of credits

60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

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

Prospective applicants can contact the School of Education, Job-Sharing Adminstrative Staff, to discuss the programme details at either of the the following e-mail address: Anita Cronin / Mary McDonald / (Claire Dooley (currently on leave)):

Telephone number : 353 (0)21 - 490 2467
Fax number 353 (0)21 - 490 4270291

Subjects taught

Students take 60 credits over the year:

ED6510 Schools as Organisations (1): Policy, Planning and Review (15 credits)

ED6511 Effective Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice (15 credits)

ED6512 Schools as Organisations (2): Leading 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.


Unique Aspects of the 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.

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 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

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

Course fee

Costs: €5365.00

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2017
Closing Date 5th May 2017

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