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Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford , Munster ,Ireland

Postgraduate Diploma Teaching in Further Education

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Further Education is a professional teaching qualification and is accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.  The program is designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to teach in a variety of settings in the Further Education sector. No prior experience of teaching is required.  Graduates of the program are entitled to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland as Further Education teachers, provided they meet the criteria set down in Regulation 5, Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2009.

As a participant in this NFQ Level 9 program, you will complete a number of taught modules that focus on both the practical skills and the theoretical frameworks that underpin the practice of teaching in post-compulsory education.  Alongside these modules, you will also complete 100 hours of  Practice Placement in authentic Further or Adult education settings, allowing you to apply the learning from the taught modules in real-world teaching settings.

On successful completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the educational and social context within which adult and further education take place nationally and internationally;
  • Analyse and reflect critically on the particular features of teaching and learning in the adult and further education sectors;
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the further education sector and other sectors of education in Ireland;
  • Exercise discernment in selecting and applying pedagogical and/or andragogical approaches to teaching, learning and assessment appropriate to different learner groups;
  • Critique an appropriate range of approaches for the teaching and learning of the subject matter, including assessment and feedback, as appropriate to different learner groups;
  • Design a programme, course or module appropriate for the learners, including teaching techniques, assessment and evaluation modes, in accordance with the requirements of the relevant awarding body;
  • Demonstrate successful teaching by initiating and leading purposeful activity in in authentic settings, and respond in a skilful manner within unpredictable contexts;
  • Engage in a committed manner to reflective practice, contribute to and learn from communities of practice, and act as a change agent where deemed appropriate within the profession
  • Appraise existing and emerging technologies suitable for integration into their practice. 

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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

WIT’s award-winning Careers Development Centre is the main point of contact for:

  • Students and graduates, helping you explore your options, develop your employability skills and make successful job applications
  • Academic Staff, supporting you to equip your students with the skills they need to enhance their employability and succeed in their future careers
  • Employers interested in securing the recruitment of well educated, career orientated, informed graduates

The Careers Development Centre supports the Institute in providing opportunities for students and graduates to develop the skills and attributes required to manage their careers throughout their working lives.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this programme normally require an NFQ Level 8 qualification in an area that is currently taught in Further and / or Adult Education in Ireland.  Those who meet this requirement are interviewed to assess their overall suitability for the programme.

In order to be offered a place on the programme, applicants must provide proof that they have access to 100 hours of Practice Placement in appropriate Further Education settings.  Practice Placement must be completed within recognised Further Education settings (which include Colleges of Further Education, Adult Education Centres etc) and with groups of six or more learners taking accredited programmes leading to awards at NFQ Levels 1 to 6.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English.  Please see WIT’s English Language Requirements (link here to the relevant webpage) for details.

All applicants require Garda clearance, and will therefore be expected to complete the necessary Garda Vetting forms at the beginning of the programme.  Garda vetting applications are processed for the group through WIT.

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  • Course Code: WD589
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 10250 EUR
    Annual Cost of Living: 7650 EUR
    Application Fee: 50 EUR
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