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Graduate Diploma in Mentoring and Leadership in Schools (International)

This degree is level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) awarded by University of Limerick.
This course may be offered in two delivery formats: face-to-face on campus or blended (a combination of face-to-face and online delivery).
Places Offered: Up to 50
Location: MIC Limerick
Maximum Places Offered: Not Applicable
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  • Programme Overview

    The purpose of this programme is to provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for school leaders. These leaders will have already proven themselves to be committed to the considered and effective management of an educational setting. This programme aims to enhance school leaders’ ability to mentor newly-qualified teachers who will shadow them in their schools.

    The programme is designed for school coordinators and principals who want to further develop themselves and their professional practice, while also developing as professional colleagues within their own settings. The programme will be of interest to participants who have taught, managed or supervised for some time, who may wish to develop their skills as school-based mentors for supporting teacher induction in English Language Teaching and/or the professional learning of colleagues in this field more generally. It is intended for existing teachers who wish to develop their skills as mentors through:

    • Enquiry, reflection and experimentation with their own practices;
    • Studying ways of supporting other teachers’ professional learning, through effective coaching and feedback strategies, grounded in adult learning theory;
    • Asking questions and recognising and valuing previous experience;
    • Role play and development of the mentoring conversation;
    • A team approach involving regular and varied discourse in class.

    The programme also supports the development of reflective professionals who can lead and manage all school functions effectively, with confidence, vision and courage. Therefore, the programme is designed to appeal to those who wish to:

    • Extend their skills and knowledge for school-based collaborative professional learning more generally;
    • Support other teachers’ professional learning through mentoring, coaching and leadership;
    • Deepen their understanding of, and enhance the processes of curriculum implementation, development planning and leadership for learning.

    Key Features

    • The development of reflective professionals who can lead and manage with confidence, vision and courage;
    • The development of professionals who lead, value and promote research-based learning;
    • The development of reflective professionals who demonstrate a critical understanding of collaborative professional learning;
    • The development of professionals with an understanding of policy–making, policy implementation and policy impact nationally and internationally;
    • The development of professionals with the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills to support professional development through mentoring;
    • The development of professionals with a critical understanding of coaching psychology and applied techniques;
    • The development of professionals who understand key concepts in the leadership and management of curriculum change;
    • The development of professionals who appreciate the importance of leading improvement in learning and teaching through teacher agency and self-evaluation.
    A Professional Development Opportunity
    A Professional Development Opportunity
    The programme should be of particular interest to all aspiring and existing school leaders

    Programme Content

    Typically, the programme will run over two 12-week semesters in autumn and spring.

    The programme learning outcomes for students of this programme are:

    Knowledge – breadth and kind:

    • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of mentoring and leadership at the forefront of current theory and practice and apply appropriate theoretical insights in supporting teacher learning.

    Know-how and Skills – range and selectivity:

    • Use a broad range of approaches to support the learning needs of other teachers, including lesson observation, constructive feedback and curriculum planning;
    • Discuss critically their own practice as teachers and as professional colleagues/mentors using insights gained from reflection, from shared analysis with their peers, and from the literature.

    Competence – context and role:

    • Integrate learning from their study of teacher development, teachers’ professional learning, curriculum and school leadership in order to support professional learning in schools;
    • Show a critical understanding of current trends in leadership and teacher learning.

    Competence – learning to learn:

    • Value and demonstrate a commitment to their own professional development and to that of other teachers, especially newly qualified teachers, and to shared professional responsibility.

    Competence – insight:

    • Explain the characteristics of effective professional development provision;
    • Use evidence-based practice to evaluate their own professional growth, their work as mentors and leaders as well as the professional development provision for teachers more generally.

    Examples of modules offered (programme content may vary year to year).

    • Professional Support and Teacher Development
    • National and international issues in education and the implications for school leadership and mentoring
    • Principles and practices of undertaking educational research in the field of leadership and mentoring 
    • Teacher Learning and Mentoring
    • Leading and Curriculum Change
    • Leading learning and teaching  through school self-evaluation
    • Leadership and Management Portfolio Development
    • Coaching Psychology as applied to Educational Contexts

    Entry Requirements

    • A 2.2 honours primary degree
    • Relevant prior experience in teaching or related fields considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. Check your country here.
    • Click here for English language requirements.

    How to Apply

    Applications will be opened for a September 2022 intake.

    EU Applicants

    • Download and complete the application form here.
    • Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex (a link will be added here when course opens for applications for Sept 2022), and return the application form by email to: 
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is also required .

    Non-EU Applicants

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

    E:   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 (a link will be added here when course opens for applications for Sept 2022)
    • You will be required to upload your university transcripts
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS 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 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. 


    For information on Postgraduate Fees please click here.

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question