The Adult and Further Education programme from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick is recognised by the Teaching Council as a professional teaching qualification for the Further Education sector and will enhance participants' knowledge and skills with modules focused on the theory and practice of adult education and lifelong learning (psychological, philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives), teaching, learning, curriculum planning and assessment.
The programme 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
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. The programme 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. Former graduates have also embarked on careers in training and development.
This programme offers a progression option to a Master’s degree in Year 2, subject to certain achievement criteria.
The programme is recognised by the Teaching Council.
- Reflective and Professional Practice
- Teaching and Curriculum Studies
- Learning and Technology Practicum
- Psychology and Sociology of Adult Education
- Teaching and Curriculum Studies
- History and Philosophy of Adult Education
- 12 months
- 18 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesEducation Adult Education Teaching View 63 other Masters in Education in Ireland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Candidates will normally have a primary degree or equivalent at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
- A Level 7 qualification may also be acceptable together with recognition of prior learning (RPL).
International10925 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10925 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
EU/EEA5475 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5475 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
Living costs for Limerick
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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