Level 9 Professional Diploma
Diploma – 30 credits – equivalent to 3 modules
|Duration:||Minimum 1 year, maximum 2 years|
|Start Date:||September 2014|
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This Professional Diploma is offered, delivered and supported by academics in the UCD School of Education
Fees should be confirmed by visiting UCD fees webpage.
|Contact us:||You can contact us by email using the form at the end of this page or by phone as follows:
Contact Name: Lorraine Heffernan
Contact Number: +353 1 716 7968
The Leadership Professional Diploma in Education Studies (PDES) is an online/ blended PDES in Leadership aimed at teachers with some teaching experience who would like to either move into a leadership position or 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 organizations.
Our course will include some face-to-face sessions and we believe that these combined with the online dimension will 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 and that these participative learning experiences will ensure that high quality learning outcomes are achieved. This is the first in a series of Professional Diplomas in Education Studies in the School of Education at UCD; a number of others are well advanced and will be coming on stream over the next few years. These will include a PDES in Children with Additional Needs and a PDES in Language and Literacy among others. It is intended that this series of diplomas will be a significant contribution on the part of the School of Education at UCD to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in Ireland and the ongoing need for professional renewal and transformation of schools as learning communities.
Developing a community of learners is a key principle in the design of this Professional Diploma. Ideally, therefore, students should try to work through the full diploma as part of a single cohort over one academic year. There is some flexibility in relation to this – please contact the course administrator.
This Professional Diploma comprises three modules:
The course is delivered in a blended manner. There will be a weekly online lecture-discussion forum for one hour per week based on assigned readings on selected topics on a designated evening. Students are also expected to attend the university on three Saturdays over the course of semester one- (September to end of November) when they will complete the first two modules. Students will also attend college on two Saturdays during semester 2 (Jan- April) when they will be working on their final school based study. The overall course is also supported by a combination of—life and pre recorded online lectures, assigned readings and tasks and group based discussions.
Assessment includes continuous assessment of contributions to online discussions and a final written paper/ and or group presentation.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
Applicants must have a primary degree - normally an honours degree but relevant experience is taken into account in the assessment of applications. Candidates should have in excess of three years experience in an education related field of practice.
Students are not required to make any payments other than their tuition fees. All materials used are freely accessible.
You can download the School of Education PDES Education Prospectus here.