Close icon
Close icon

Graduate Diploma / M Ed in Adult and Further Education

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

    The Graduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education commences in September of each year and is available (1) on a full-time basis over two semesters or (2) part-time over three semesters. The programme is recognised by the Teaching Council as a professional teaching qualification for the Further Education sector. It includes modules on the theory and practice of education and lifelong learning (psychological, philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives), teaching, learning, curriculum planning, assessment and a substantial teaching placement.

    Key Features

    The programme (see detailed flyer here) is designed to enable students to develop their professional values, knowledge and action in the following ways:

    • Enable students, independently and with others, to critically engage with the theory and practice of adult/further education
    • Develop students’ knowledge and skills in curriculum planning, teaching and assessment in accordance with given programme and learner needs
    • Promote a capacity and a commitment among students to reflective practice, enquiry and research in their teaching taking account of the interdependence of student learning and teacher learning 
    • Empowers students to create and sustain learning relationships with learners, taking  account of the diverse and holistic needs of the adult learner 
    • Foster a commitment to the values which underpin the professionalism in teaching, including professional care and service to others, responsiveness to change, commitment to their own development as lifelong and collegial learners

    Career Opportunities

    The Graduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education is intended for graduates planning to teach in the adult and further education (FE) sector and for teachers already working in this area who wish to further develop their professional practice. It is recognised by the Teaching Council as a professional teaching qualification for the Further Education sector. This programme is also suitable for individuals interested in pursuing a career in adult education, lifelong learning, or community work.

    This programme offers a progression option to a Master’s degree in Year 2, subject to certain achievement criteria.

    Schedule

    The programme is available (1) on a full-time basis over two semesters or (2) part-time over three semesters and commences in September of each year. The programme is taught using a blend of learning situations (onsite, online and teaching placement). The online component comprises synchronous meetings of about 2 hours in duration during week evenings, allowing students time to conduct their placement during the day time. The rest of the online work will be asynchronous which may completed over a number of days. Students will also work together synchronously at other times. A small number of meetings onsite in the Limerick campus is also planned on Friday evening and/or Saturday. Students undertake their own independent study and preparation in addition to this class contact time. A variety of assessment modes are used including course work, presentations, a portfolio and an action research project. 

    The placement involves 100 hours of teaching in QQI or equivalent programmes in a minimum of two recognised settings. Candidates will need to communicate these arrangements at the time of application.

    Placement

    In line with Teaching Council requirements, the programme comprises a 100-hour teaching component teaching QQI- accredited programmes or equivalent. The placement takes places over two practice modules AN 5781 and AN 5772, which aim to improve the quality of students’ teaching, and promote good practice and to affirm and acknowledge good practice where it occurs. 

    Applicants are expected to provide details of their intended placement at the time of application. This may involve onsite or online teaching or some combination of both in at least two settings. The placement also involves a 30-hour observation component which may be arranged at a later stage.

    Contact

    Dr Cathal de Paor, Programme Coordinator

    T: +353 61 204950

    E: CPD@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Content

    The programme begins on September of each year. Students may undertake the programme over two semesters (full-time) or over three (part-time). In the full-time option, students may structure their placement so that at least 30 hours are undertaken in each semester. In the part-time option, students may spread their placement over three semesters, in which case at least 30 hours should be undertaken in each of semesters 1 and 2/3.

    Full-time option over two semesters (autumn and spring)

    Semester 1 (Year 1)
    AN5751: Reflective and Professional Practice
    AN5761: Teaching and Curriculum Studies 1
    AN5771: Learning and Technology 
    AN5781: Practicum 1
    Semester 2 (Year 1)
    AN5742: Psychology and Sociology of Adult Education
    AN5752: Teaching and Curriculum Studies 2
    AN5762: History and Philosophy of Adult Education
    AN5772: Practicum 2

    Part-time option over three semesters (autumn/spring/autumn)

    Semester 1 (Year 1)
    AN5751: Reflective and Professional Practice
    AN5761: Teaching and Curriculum Studies 1
    AN5771: Learning and Technology 
    AN5781: Practicum 1
    Semester 2 (Year 1)
    AN5742: Psychology and Sociology of Adult Education
    AN5762: History and Philosophy of Adult Education
    AN5772: May do some of Practicum 2
    Semester 3 (Year 2)
    AN5752: Teaching and Curriculum Studies 2
    AN5772: Practicum 2

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates will normally have a primary degree or equivalent at Level 8 on the NFQ. A Level 7 qualification may also be acceptable together with recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    They are required to show in their application and subsequently at interview stage how their prior knowledge and experience prepares them for teaching in Further Education. In line with Teaching Council requirements, they need to have arranged a 100 hour placement, teaching QQI (or equivalent) accredited programmes in at least two settings.

     

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

    How to Apply

    Applications for the next intake in September 2022 may be made in Spring. Please check the website nearer the time for further information.

    Fees: Click here.

    Note: Early applications are advised. An interview process provides applicants the opportunity to explain their knowledge/interest in adult education.

    Contact
    Programme Coordinator
    Dr Cathal de Paor
    +353 61 204950

    Ask a Question

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