Diploma Programmes

The School of Education offers a range of professional diploma programmes.

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Professional Diploma in Education Studies PT (W314)

The Professional Diploma in Education Studies programme is aimed at students who have an interest in deepening their knowledge of education matters and professionals working in areas related to education.  The programme encourages students to engage broadly with education sciences and professional development.  Students can select from a broad range of interdisciplinary subjects or develop their own strand within the diploma, such as focusing on the area of Mental Health and Wellbeing.  

 

  • Students must complete 30 credits from a wide range of modules on offer in the School. The programme enables students to engage broadly with education sciences and professional development or to develop their own strand within the diploma, such as Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • On successful completion of the programme, students will have gained sufficient grounding in the theories and issues in the education world and have engaged with concepts, principles, and values from a wide range of academic genres and disciplines
  • Students will critically assess certain key theoretical, policy, and practical approaches to education as informed by the cognate disciplines of education and prevailing influences on educational practice.

Programme brochure available here

Professional Diploma in Education Leadership (Blended) PT (W342)

The Professional Diploma in Education (Leadership) deploys a broad concept of leadership that can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organisations.

The Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership (PDEL) is aimed at primary and post-primary teachers in the Irish education system. Applicants must hold an honours degree at undergraduate level (or equivalent) from a higher education institution, a recognised teaching qualification and must have a minimum of three years’ teaching experience in either the primary or post-primary sector.

Programme participants will be  motivated to move into a leadership position as well as to challenge the way they think about their work in a variety of ways. The concept of leadership employed is broad and can be applied to teachers at different stages of their career within schools as organisations. The programme draws on a wide-ranging international literature to focus on contemporary policy, practice and leadership challenges.

The programme includes some face-to-face sessions (typically on Saturdays to accommodate travel and attendance from all corners of the country). Our experience is that the combination of on campus days and online teaching and learning provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all students.The programme is intended to provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all students. We are committed to developing our students’ critical voice through reading, discussion, peer learning, presentations and critical review. These participative learning experiences have been tried and tested by us and ensure that high quality learning outcomes are achieved.

All applications for the September 2020 intake must be fully submitted by Friday, May 31st 2020 (subject to change).

To apply: www.ucd.ie/apply

Applicants for the Department of Education and Skills (DES) funding must download the circular and application form for the Graduate Diploma Inclusive and Special Education from the DES website (Circular 0008/2020). The closing date for applications for DES funded places is Monday 9 March 2020. DES Applicants must complete the form and send a hard copy (no faxes/scanned copies etc) addressed to Programme Administrator for Graduate Diploma Inclusive and Special Education, School of Education, Room 0.06 Roebuck Offices, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. 
 
Applications to the Graduate Diploma Inclusive and Special Education is also open to those who are self-funding (ie not DES funded). Self-funded applicants apply online via www.ucd.ie/apply. Applications for self-funding applicants will remain open until all places have been filled, early application is advised. 
 
Please note that this programme was previously known as the Grad Dip SEN.