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ProfDip Education - Leadership

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
The Professional Diploma in Education-Leardership deploy a broad concept of leadership that can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organizations.

The Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership (PDEL) is primarily aimed at teachers in the Irish education system, while international students are also welcome to apply. Programme participants are required to have some teaching experience and will be motivated to move into a leadership position as well as to challenge the way they think about their work in a variety of ways. The concept of leadership employed is broad and can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organisations. The programme draws on a wide-ranging international literature to focus on contemporary policy, practice and leadership challenges.

The programme includes some face-to-face sessions (typically on Saturdays to accommodate travel and attendance from all corners of the country). Our experience is that the combination of on campus days and online teaching and learning provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all students.The programme is intended to provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all students. We are committed to developing our students’ critical voice through reading, discussion, peer learning, presentations and critical review. These participative learning experiences have been tried and tested by us and ensure that high quality learning outcomes are achieved.

If you have any queries on the PDE/MEd Leadership, please do not hesitate to contact us at educationenquiries@ucd.ie.

Vision and Values Statement

The PDES and the Masters (year 2) deploy a broad concept of leadership that can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organizations. Each of the programmes will include some face-to- face sessions (typically on Saturdays to accommodate travel and attendance from all corners of the country). Our experience is that the combination of on campus days and online teaching and learning provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all students. We are committed to developing our students’ critical voice through reading, discussion, peer learning, presentations and critical review. Furthermore, these participative learning experiences will ensure that high quality learning outcomes are achieved. The programme encourages students to become autonomous learners and critical thinkers who will contibute to school and system leadership in education. The programme employs a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, tutorials, collaborative groupwork and problem-based learning activities delivered in a blended /online format using a jusdicious mix of on-campus weekend end seminars and syncronous online tasks and activities. A range of assessment strategies are used including individual and group class presentations, group assignments, case study and applied analytical studies.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to: 1) critically explore and interrogate prominent leadership theories and apply these theories in the course of addressing a variety of organisational issues and problems.

2) review and evaluate a range of policy measures and initiatives and critique these in the context of the school improvement and effectiveness.

3) reflect purposefully and critically upon their own skills and limitations as leaders, evidenced by their performance in working with groups and their overall learning outcomes on the programme.

4) demonstrate a thorough understanding of key theories of organisational behaviour and change and apply these theories in an organizational setting.

5) Demonstrate a well developed understanding of the limits, contradictions and emerging issues within the professional field.

6) Evidence an enhanced aptitude for continued self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning in professional settings throughout their careers.

7) Cultivate a disposition that combines passion with purpose, empathy and understanding with cognitive challenge, resilience and hardiness in the context of professional practice.

8) Demonstrate the skills of interrogating practice using theoretical perspectives, thus generating new ideas and/or reformulating existing ideas and practices in relation to professional roles.

9) Evidence the significance of reflection in the development of expertise and innovative practice thus providing leadership within schools and the wider education community.

10) Make explicit connections between module content, coursework and professional practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an honours degree at undergraduate level (or equivalent) from a higher education institution, a recognised teaching qualification and have a minimum of three years’ teaching experience in either the primary or post-primary sector.

The PDES in Leadership (online) is aimed at teachers with some teaching experience who would like to either move into a leadership position or challenge the way they think about their work in a variety of ways. The concept of leadership employed is broad and can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organizations. The PDES course also corresponds to year one of the Masters in Education (M.Ed Leadership) course. Students who successfully complete the PDES can transfer to year two of the MEd leadership.

Duration

1 year Part Time

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Sarah Walshe
Contact Number:353 1 716 7948

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Contemporary Issues
EDUC41620

School leadership and the quality of teaching and learning: actors, agency, activities
EDUC41640

School Transformation
EDUC41800

Application date

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

Professional Diploma Education - Leadership PT (W342)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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