Teaching Learning & Scholarship

Programme Content

This programme, resulting from an extensive programme review of the Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, has been developed in response to the proposed framework for mapping professional development in higher education from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning's commitment in 2.1.2 of Engaged Learning: Strategy for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. In order to meet this strategic aim, an exit point is offered at 21 credits with the award of CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING LEARNING AND SCHOLARSHIP.

This programme will provide high-level, scholarly, practice-based professional development for faculty to ensure competence in the areas of teaching, learning and scholarship within their professional contexts. It will equip them with a range of skills, competencies, insights and capacities, which will ensure that they will bring the highest quality teaching and learning experiences to the students that they teach, while also managing and progressing their own scholarly careers.

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, participants will be able to:
•Explore and apply the theory of learning, pedagogy, scholarship and innovation directly to teaching, learning, research and scholarly practice in higher education settings.
•Deliver high-quality teaching, reflection, articulation and feedback skills and apply them to their own research and teaching development and to the learning and development of their students across disciplines.
•Develop communication skills, interpersonal skills and confidence to provide valuable learning experiences for students.
•Demonstrate the capacity to adjust competencies to different kinds of higher education participants from the newest students to advanced research practitioners within a specific field.
•Generate a continued commitment to professional development as a teacher and researcher in a higher education context.
•Examine and evaluate areas where further learning and improved practice are needed.
•Develop an awareness of their own learning preferences and those of students within a particular setting.
•Demonstrate professional competence and engagement within the context of higher education.
•Be proactive in designing learning opportunities for students and innovative in the delivery of same based on an awareness and experience of the key pillars of their academic role.

Delivery Dates for SEM 1 2017/18 (dates could be subject to change in exceptional circumstances)


*Applications received after the closing date may be consider if places are available

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants must be engaged in teaching in the higher or further education sector for the duration of the programme. Note: subject to the discretion of the course director an interview may form part of the selection process.

In the case of international students, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Team in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievement in a Standard English Language Competency Test will be required.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


1 year part-time.

Further enquiries

For Further information Contact:

Dr. Ide O'Sullivan
Lead Educational Developer
External Academic Coordinator (Garda College)
Centre for Teaching and Learning
MC1-016, University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
[T] +353-61-234239

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester:
•Teaching Planning and Preparation: Theory and Practice (6 credits)*
•Effective Assessment and Feedback (3 credits)*
•Preparing an Effective Research, Writing and Publication Strategy (6 credits)
•Blended Learning (3 credits)
•Contemporary Learning Theory, Reflective Practice &
Peer Observation in Higher Education 1 (3 credits)

Exit at this point with Certificate (21 credits)

Spring Semester
•Contemporary Learning Theory, Reflective Practice &
Peer Observation in Higher Education 2 (6 credits )
•Technology Enhanced Learning: Theory and Practice (6 credits)
•Writing for publication: Scholarly Dialogue and Presentation (6 credits)
•Feedback and Revision in Scholarly Writing (9 credits)

Summer Semester
•Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (12 credits)

Can graduate with award at this point or if achieving 2.1 hons can progress to MA below

Masters of Arts in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education (90 credits)

•Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education Dissertation (30 credits)

•Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education Dissertation (30 credits)

Assessment method

Teaching and Assessment

This programme will be delivered through a blended model of learning, with a focus on engagement in best practice and application of theory to the role of the academic. UL Graduate Attributes are fully incorporated and weaved into all modules within the programme. Throughout the programme, participants have lectures, interactive sessions and task-based plenary contact time, complemented by practical work throughout each module, thus encouraging a high level of acquisition and collaboration. Plenary contact time will comprise formal, interactive workshops, with a significant level of engagement with the material outside those scheduled sessions, including working on activities on the learning management system. Participants will be required to be proactive in their use of time and approaches. In addition, participants will engage in reflective practice throughout the programme and develop their own views, strategies, innovations and enhancements for their teaching, learning and scholarship and be able to articulate these clearly.

Contact time for each module will be condensed into blocks of two or three days (depending on module credit), supported subsequently by on-line interaction, task completion, portfolio development and peer-supported professional development. Self-directed work, academic writing and self-evaluation activities will also form part of the participants' engagement on this programme. There will be a high level of collaboration throughout the various modules both through participation and assessment.

Contributing faculty will be drawn primarily from the Centre for Teaching and Learning and faculty from interdisciplinary areas. In addition, invited speakers from international universities will deliver key inputs on the programme.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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