The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Further Education is a professional teaching qualification and is accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. The programme is designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and competencies required to teach in a variety of settings in the Further Education sector. No prior experience of teaching is required. Graduates of the programme are entitled to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland as Further Education teachers, provided they meet the criteria set down in Regulation 5, Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2009.
As a participant on this NFQ Level 9 programme you will complete a number of taught modules which focus on both on the practical skills and the theoretical frameworks that underpin the practice of teaching in post-compulsory education. Alongside these modules, you will also complete 100 hours of Teaching Practice in authentic Further or Adult education settings, allowing you to apply the learning from the taught modules in real world teaching settings.
On successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:
• Critically evaluate the educational and social context within which adult and further education take place nationally and internationally;
• Analyse and reflect critically on the particular features of teaching and learning in the adult and further education sectors;
• Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the further education sector and other sectors of education in Ireland;
• Exercise discernment in selecting and applying pedagogical and/or andragogical approaches to teaching, learning and assessment appropriate to different learner groups;
• Critique an appropriate range of approaches for the teaching and learning of the subject matter, including assessment and feedback, as appropriate to different learner groups;
• Design a programme, course or module appropriate for the learners, including teaching techniques, assessment and evaluation modes, in accordance with the requirements of the relevant awarding body;
• Demonstrate successful teaching by initiating and leading purposeful activity in in authentic settings, and respond in a skilful manner within unpredictable contexts;
• Engage in a committed manner to reflective practice, contribute to and learn from communities of practice, and act as a change agent where deemed appropriate within the profession
• Appraise existing and emerging technologies suitable for integration into their practice.
There are no exams on the programme. A range of methods, including essays, portfolios of work, presentations, participation in online discussions and others, is used to assess the achievement of the learning outcomes in the taught modules. For the Teaching Practice modules, students are observed as they teach (at least once per module) and are also required to submit a Teaching Practice Portfolio as part of the assessment process.