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Entrepreneurial Educators

ProfCert Entrepreneurial Educators
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)
Why is this course for me?
This unique course is open to primary school and secondary school teachers and higher education academics of all disciplines. It offers participants the opportunity to reflect on their teaching practice, explore new ways to teach and enhance their creativity in the classroom.

What are the benefits?
Experience intensive networking with like-minded educational innovators from a mix of disciplines. Learn how to bring design thinking, entrepreneurial mindsets, and experiments from across the globe to your classroom. Explore leadership and how to effect change in educational institutions. Learn how to apply these teaching methodologies and to create a more innovative learning environment.

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

Participants must be actively teaching or providing training, have past teaching/training experience or have a teaching/training qualification.

Entry requirements

All participants should have a minimum of a level 8 qualification and three years or more of professional experience as a teacher in a school or educational institution or as a facilitator in a training and learning role.

Participants must be able to attend the course in full.

Please email david.nevin@ucd.ie with any queries that you might have in relation to the course.

Duration

3 Weeks / 6 Months Part-Time

Number of credits

10

Further enquiries

Contact Name: David Nevin
Contact Number: +353 (0) 1 716 2041

Subjects taught

The Professional Certificate course has two 5 ECTS modules.

Throughout the course participants will engage in a hands-on, action learning environment with an emphasis on group work and project based learning.

Participants are required to apply the learning to a action project and present this at the end of the course along with a personal learning reflection.

Creative Thinking and Innovation for Entrepreneurial Educators (IA 40320)

This module aims to introduce participants to the mindsets and skills necessary to inspire creative thinking and innovation at the personal level and amongst student cohorts. Throughout the module, participants will be introduced to the core techniques and tools of creative thinking, problem solving and team-based innovation and they will be encouraged to reflect on how these can be applied in the educational context. Central to the module is an introduction to the Stanford d.school method of design thinking. The module also explores ways of triggering creative thinking within an educational institution. Generic foundations of teaching and learning, including motivation, evaluation and review will be explored. A strong emphasis is maintained on the verbal communication of creative and innovative ideas.

Upon completion of this module participants should:
Understand the relevance and importance of creative thinking and how it can be applied in a variety of disciplines to generate solutions.
Be able to use problem solving tools and techniques and understand the process for initiating and using creative techniques within project structures.
Have an understanding of general pedagogical principles within the context of creative thinking and innovation.
Have a knowledge of established methods and techniques for triggering creative thinking.
Have the ability to design and deliver their own style of educational experience for generating creative thinking in a multidisciplinary environment.
Participants will also have further developed their engagement with creative and innovative processes from an alternative angle, whilst constantly developing their networks and building on their interpersonal and presentation skills.

Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation for Entrepreneurial Educators (IA 40330)

This module aims to introduce participants to the mindsets and skills necessary to inspire entrepreneurial thought and action at the personal level and amongst student cohorts. The module introduces core concepts central to the development of entrepreneurial ideas from initial idea to launch such as opportunity generation and development, iteration and prototyping and idea validation. We draw particularly on the Osterwalder Business Model Canvas to work through the commercial development of ideas. Participants will be expected to develop projects through the canvas, working in teams to test ideas and prototype solutions. The module also considers ways of triggering entrepreneurial thinking within an educational institution. Generic foundations of teaching and learning, including motivation, evaluation and review will be explored.

Indicative Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this module participants should:
Have a broad interpretation of entrepreneurial activity and an understanding of its role in the context of their teaching and student learning.
An understanding of general pedagogical principles as they relate to entrepreneurial activity.
A knowledge of established methods and techniques for triggering entrepreneurial thinking.
Experience of group dynamics and motivation.
The ability to design and deliver their own style of educational experience for generating entrepreneurial thinking in a multidisciplinary environment.
Participants will also have further developed their engagement with entrepreneurial processes from an alternative angle, whilst constantly developing their networks and building on their interpersonal and presentation skills.

Comment

Programme outcomes:
-Explore their own internal barriers to creativity and learning as well as identify and navigate internal and external barriers to developing and implementing innovative practices in their professional environment.
-Identify and develop the mindset of an entrepreneurial educator – including creating value, engaging others and learning from intentional iteration.
-Apply and adapt the tools of an entrepreneurial educator including design thinking, real time feedback, rapid piloting/prototyping, experimentation.
-Build their knowledge, understanding and direct experience of current pedagogy/andragogy and heutagogy.
- Create compelling means to engage others in the latest innovations in education.
-Develop their own reflective practice to support their intentional iteration.
-Critique and enhance debate in the area of entrepreneurial education and develop their own case for change
-Create an action plan and engage others in its development

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Professional Certificate Entrepreneurial Educators May PT (F096)
Duration
3 Weeks

Attendance
Part Time

Deadline
Rolling *

Professional Certificate Entrepreneurial Educators PT (F067)
Duration
6 Months

Attendance
Part Time

Deadline
Rolling *

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

Course fee

Professional Certificate for Entrepreneurial Educators: €1,000 (EU Citizens) / €2,000 (Non EU Citizens)

Funding

UCD Innovation Academy understands that some prospective students may not have the financial capacity to participate in the programme but may add a lot to the course in terms of their experience. Therefore we sometimes are in in a position to offer a limited number of bursaries to part-cover course fees. Applicants interested to avail of a bursary must make reference to why in their Letter of Motivation as part of the application.

Other funding may be available from the following sources:
Your employer
A local VEC or ETB
The Teaching Council of Ireland

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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