Postgraduate in Arts in Educational Practice in Teaching for Higher Education

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 24 months

  • Start dates: September

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Level 9 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 15,000 / year

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The Graduate program of Arts in Educational Practice in Teaching for Higher Education provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of educational theory, research and practice to support the development of thoughtful and competent learning professionals in the sector. In addition to academic modules, students also complete a specialized placement in higher education teaching. This is intended to develop relevant teaching skills and sectoral and professional knowledge for professional practice achieved as PE teachers.

The Postgraduate program of Arts in Educational Practice in Teaching for Higher Education is accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland as an initial teacher education qualification for the Continuing Education and Training sector.

The program’s curriculum offers a rich, varied, and integrated set of teaching, learning, and assessment experiences that enable students to develop the values, knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for competent professional practice in diverse adult education settings and continuous training. It is structured around three core areas of professional development: theoretical foundations, professional studies, and educational practice.

Sequence of taught modules that introduce students to a variety of pedagogical strategies and assessment approaches, while developing the contextual, conceptual, and theoretical foundations for practice. A substantial teaching placement, completed under the supervision of a placement tutor, provides work-based learning that enables the student to integrate knowledge from all of these modules and develop professional practice skills and dispositions through application in an authentic environment. together with other professionals.

The Postgraduate Diploma of Arts in Educational Practice in Teaching for Higher Education is intended for teachers-in-training seeking a Level 9 Accredited Initial Teacher Training Qualification from the Teaching Council of Ireland for Higher Education and Training Sector . The program attracts teachers in training and, in some cases, in service.

Program structure

The course content is described below:

  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Educational practice for diversity and inclusion
  • Enhanced learning with technology
  • Practice in Teaching for Higher Education
  • Theories of learning and teaching
  • Contemporary and Enduring Questions in Education
  • Evaluation and educational feedback

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Educational Practice in Teaching for Higher Education is awarded by QQI at level 9 in the National Qualifications Framework. Students will also receive a teacher education qualification accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland and enrollment in the Register of Teachers in the higher education sector in Ireland.

You can also choose to undertake additional studies involving an additional 30 ECTS credits with modules on research skills and conducting a dissertation. Upon completion of this, you will receive the award for Master of Arts in Educational Practice.

Admission requirements

The standard requirement for applicants is an honors level 8 rating (2.2. Award rating or higher) in order to advance to level 9 programs in learning and teaching. Applicants who have successfully met this requirement are invited for an interview, which is generally conducted by the Program Director and / or the appropriate member of the program team. The interview is intended to ensure that the applicant meets the criteria outlined below and is likely to successfully complete the program.

At the interview, applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • A good level of knowledge about the nature of the program
  • Be able to commit to program requirements, including the higher education placement / internship component (see placement brochure for more information)
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the relevant education sector
  • Ability to reflect on one’s interest in learning and teaching and motivation to apply to the program

All applicants will need to complete a Garda verification process.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but can provide evidence of substantial professional experience in a relevant domain can apply to the program through the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) process at the National College of Ireland. This allows the applicant to map their professional experience, knowledge and skills with the equivalent Level 8 program learning outcomes. The NCI provides guidance and support for applicants to complete the RPL (Hyperlink to RPEL Supports) application. Applicants who are deemed to have met the RPEL requirements may be invited to an interview. The criteria for the interview are the same as for standard program applicants. Applicants under the age of 21 will be evaluated based on the Bachelor’s Certificate or equivalent.

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