Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL)

Information on Aspiring Leaders Programme
September 2017

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) launch a new Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) for aspiring school leaders jointly awarded by University of Limerick (UL), the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) (including St Angela’s) and University College Dublin (UCD) with additional academic support by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

  • The programme will be a part-time (18 months) blended learning professional diploma, delivered locally in six regional locations throughout the country (details on regional locations not yet available)
  • There will be specific provision for teachers in Irish-medium schools in NUI Galway.
  • Fees support for this programme will be provided by the DES/CSL.
  • Engagement with the programme will involve a mix of lectures, face-to-face seminars, online tutorials and on campus learning (including some Saturdays and a summer school)

Provisional Schedule

Semester One: September – December 2017
 Module 1: Leading Learning and Teaching in the Irish Context
Module 2: Professional Growth Development

Semester Two: January – May 2018
Module 3: Leading School Transformation: Looking in Our Schools
Module 4: Mentoring and Coaching

Semester Three: September – December 2018
Module 5: Leading School Development: Continuity Change and Capacity Building
Module 6: Building Culture Capacity and Teams


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