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Certificate / Diploma / M Ed in Digital Leadership in Education

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  • Programme Overview

    The Certificate/Diploma/M Ed in Digital Leadership in Education is designed for those working in education to support them to lead, design, implement and evaluate an integrated and innovative model of digital learning within their educational contexts. Learners will work collaboratively to solve problems that explore the elements key to a successfully digital learning ecosystem in particular the relationship between digital learning policy; digital pedagogies; digital equality, diversity and inclusion (Digital EDI); open and distributed e-leadership; digital literacy and wellbeing and digital infrastructure when planning digital learning in their individual schools or educational institutes.

    Key Features

    • A future focused programme which adopts an integrated approach to developing 21st Century educational leadership skills, the programme encourages learners to explore the relationship between open and connected leadership, e-leadership, digital literacies, digital wellbeing, digital EDI and digital pedagogies which are key for modern educational leadership and a successful digital learning ecosystem.
    • Delivered using a hyflex model learners can choose how they wish to engage with the programme material and with each other. Learners will cultivate cross-sectoral communities of practice to work collaboratively to bridge theory and practice and develop a digital learning ecosystem that considers the needs of the whole educational community including students, educators, parents, communities.
    • Based on an innovative, inclusive digital pedagogical approach the programme models and fosters a transformative digital learning experience based on principles of Universal Design for Learning, Heutagogy, Transformative Learning and Learner agency.
    • Learners will reflect on the dilemmas and problems experienced within a digital-learning era and how they can become agents for change at micro, meso, macro and mega levels to develop a sustainable model of digital learning within their institutes and across the education sector as a whole.
    Student on the M Ed in Digital Leadership in Education with child in a classroom setting
    M Ed in Digital Leadership in Education
    A future focused programme focused on developing 21st Century educational leadership skills.

    Contact

    Dr Emma O’Brien, Programme Coordinator, M Ed in Digital Leadership in Education

    E: Emma.OBrien@mic.ul.ie

    T: +353 61 774785

    Programme Content

    Full-time Option (over one year)

    Please Note: Non-EU applicants can apply for all three full-time programme options, but the Certificate and Diploma options are online only until further notice.

    Certificate in Digital Leadership in Education Diploma in Digital Leadership in Education M Ed in Digital Leadership in Education
    Semester 1 Semester 1 Semester 1
    Digital EDI (9 ECTS) Digital EDI (9 ECTS) Digital EDI (9 ECTS)
    Digital Pedagogies (9 ECTS) Digital Pedagogies (9 ECTS) Digital Pedagogies (9 ECTS)
      Applied Research Project (12 ECTS) Applied Research Project (12 ECTS)
        Principles & Practice of Research (9 ECTS)         
        Dissertation 1 (6 ECTS)
    Semester 2 Semester 2 Semester 2
    Open Leadership (12 ECTS)         Open Leadership (12 ECTS)    Open Leadership (12 ECTS) 
      Digital infrastructure (9 ECTS) Digital infrastructure (9 ECTS)
      Digital Literacies (9 ECTS)        Digital Literacies (9 ECTS)
        Dissertation 2 (15 ECTS)

    Part-time Option (over two years)

    Certificate in Digital Leadership in Education Diploma in Digital Leadership in Education M Ed in Digital Leadership in Education
    N/A Year 1, Semester 1 Year 1, Semester 1
      Digital EDI (9 ECTS) Digital EDI (9 ECTS)
      Digital Pedagogies (9 ECTS) Digital Pedagogies (9 ECTS)
        Applied Research Project (12 ECTS)
      Year 1, Semester 2 Year 1, Semester 2
            Open Leadership (12 ECTS)    Open Leadership (12 ECTS) 
        Digital infrastructure (9 ECTS)
        Digital Literacies (9 ECTS)
      Year 2, Semester 1 Year 2, Semester 1
      Applied Research Project (12 ECTS) Principles & Practice of Research (9 ECTS) 
        Dissertation 1 (6 ECTS)
      Year 2, Semester 2 Year 2, Semester 2
      Digital infrastructure (9 ECTS) Dissertation 2 (15 ECTS)
      Digital Literacies (9 ECTS)  

    The programme is comprised of the following core modules:

    • Applied Research Project
    • Digital Pedagogies
    • Digital Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
    • Principles and Practice of Research in Education
    • Open and Distributed e-leadership
    • Digital Literacies and Wellbeing
    • Digital Learning Infrastructure
    • Dissertation Modules x 2

    Full-time Structure: In Semester 1, students complete five core modules (Applied Research Project, Principles and Practice of Research in Education, Digital Pedagogies, Digital EDI and Dissertation 1) In Semester 2, students complete four core modules (Open and Distributed e-leadership, Digital Literacies and Wellbeing, Digital Learning Infrastructure and Dissertation 2)

    Part-time Structure: In Semester 1, students complete three core modules (Applied Research Project, Digital Pedagogies, Digital EDI) In Semester 2, students complete three core modules (Open and Distributed e-leadership, Digital Literacies and Wellbeing and Digital Learning Infrastructure).  In Year 2, (i.e. semester 3 & 4) students engage with two core modules in Semester 3 (Principles and Practice of Research in Education and Dissertation 1) and one core module (Dissertation 2) in Semester 4.

    Semester 1 Modules

    This module enables learners to devise and complete an independent academic research project based on a question of their choice. This module aims to prepare learners to structure, develop and interrogate a research question following critical exploration of contemporary research methods in education.

    This module will explore the meaning of education in a digital age, its philosophical underpinnings and the differences between pedagogy and digital pedagogy. Learners will critique pedagogical theories in the context of their relevance in a digital age. They will consider the role of the teacher and the student in a digital-learning environment and how teaching, learning and assessment can be supported through digital-learning mediums.

    Participants will reflect on their own individual experiences with ICT and digital technologies and how it informs their pedagogical use of technologies for teaching, learning and assessment. Learners will explore the concept of digital transformative pedagogies and how to enhance learner agency in a digital environment.

    This module will explore the various individuals within the digital learning ecosystem, and who is included and excluded in a digital education era. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own values and biases and how this impacts on how they interacting, communicate, teach and lead in their educational environment. From this, learners will debate concepts regarding digital ethics, digital poverty and the digital divide, social inclusion, considering those with learning needs. It will explore Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to support inclusion in a digital environment. 

    Semester 2 Modules

    This module will explore concepts of distributed, open and connected (e)-leadership as an approach to managing change, innovation and crisis. It will explore interdisciplinary approaches to leadership and stakeholder collaboration in particular connecting with communities and parents. It will leverage from the concepts of open innovation that are harnessed in several industries.

    Learners will have to reflect on their individual leadership style and develop an action plan for a digital-learning strategy leveraging from the principles of open and distributed leadership to enable them to introduce a sustainable model of digital learning within their educational institutes. They will be encouraged to engage with various stakeholders and other leaders to pool resources and ensure inclusion.

    This module will explore various digital competency and literacy frameworks. Learners will be encouraged to critique and evaluate these frameworks in the context of their individual educational institutes from the perspective of both teaching staff and learners in particular learner demographics and the level of digital literacy required. Learners will be encouraged to appraise various skills and technologies required from both a staff in achieving specific digital literacy levels and how best to support staff and student in attaining such.

    This module will explore technologies that comprise of the digital-learning infrastructure including hardware, software and applications required to support digital pedagogies, literacies, inclusion and wellbeing. Using the DigCompEdu framework learners will be encouraged to reflect on their own context regarding the requirement of specific digital- learning technologies and the needs of their educational context. They will analyse how they can identify, procure and maximise their digital infrastructure. Learners will develop skills to support them in making decisions about their digital-learning infrastructure, procuring resources, innovative use of such technologies and the evaluation of such infrastructure in the context of their digital-learning strategy.

    Entry Requirements

    • Applicants should hold a relevant degree / Postgraduate Diploma / Professional Master at 2.2 Honours Level or higher (Level 8 - National Framework of Qualifications)
    • In cases where the applicant does not meet normal entry requirements, the applicant can be assessed on prior learning in line with University policy and procedures on the Recognition of Prior Learning. The admission procedures will include an interview wherein the prior learning and experience of applicants in education will be assessed.
    • It is expected that applicants should have a minimum of two years’ experience in education.
    • Places on the programme will be offered based on the above, based on qualifications, performance at interview (if applicable), language proficiency level (if applicable), and application form
    • In cases where the applicant does not meet normal entry requirements, the applicant can be assessed on prior learning in line with University policy and procedures on the Recognition of Prior Learning. The admission procedures will include an interview wherein the prior learning and experience of applicants in education will be assessed.
    • Click here for English language requirements.

    How to Apply

    Applications for September 2022 entry are now open. Closing date for receipt of completed applications: 1 August 2022.

    Please Note: Non-EU applicants can apply for all three full-time programme options, but the Certificate and Diploma options are online only until further notice.

    EU Applicants

    Complete all the steps below:

    1. Download and complete the application form here.
    2. You will be required to send your university transcripts (and applicants may be required to name one or more referees on request).
    3. In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required. 
    4. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex hereand return the completed application and transcripts by email: to TaughtProgrammes@mic.ul.ie.

    Non-EU Applicants

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:

    E: International@mic.ul.ie   or  T:  +353 61 204988 /+353 61 774790.

    • Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. Check your country here.
    • Please click on the link to complete your application through PAC.
    • You will be required to upload your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS (or equivalent)  is also required
    • The application fee is €50 and is non-refundable.

    Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

    The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact international@mic.ul.ie where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

    EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

    The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at MIC, i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third-level studies and would qualify for EU fees for example. 

    Click here for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status. 

    Fees

    For information on Postgraduate Fees please click here.

    US Students please note that you may be able to apply for Federal Aid. Click here for more information.

     

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