Aspiring Leadership Programme

Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership: Applications for the Sraith Ghaeilge (DGCS) will be accepted up to 12 noon 20th July 2017

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6 Locations Nationwide
18 Months, Part-Time, NFQ Level 9
Next Intake: September 2017

Why This Course

Prepare to lead

Commencing in September 2017, the Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership is designed to prepare aspiring leaders with the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications for senior school leadership positions.

Progress your career

This programme addresses the areas of leadership capacity published by the Department of Education and Skills in 2016

Learn from experienced educational leaders

Delivered by leading lecturers in Irish education as well as tutors with extensive experience in the area of educational leadership

Robust mix of the academic & practical

Work placement in a school other than the participant’s own, as well as collaborative group work

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy, former President, USA

Delivery Partners

The programme is a collaboration between the Schools of Education at NUIG, UCD, WIT and UL - and supported by the Centre for Continuing Education (CPE) at UL and is taught by key academic team leaders and researchers.

Course Structure

18 months, Part-Time, Blended Learning

The Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership is a part-time, blended learning programme consisting of 6 taught modules delivered in 12-week semester-long blocks during the academic year. Students also attend a two day residential programme in years 1 and 2.

Semester 1: Sept. - Dec. 2017
  • Induction – 8th & 9th September 2017
  • Leading Learning and Teaching in the Irish context
  • Professional Growth and Development
Semester 2: Jan. - May 2018
  • Leading School Transformation: Looking in Our Schools
  • Mentoring and Coaching
Semester 3: Sept. - Dec. 2018
  • Leading School Development: Continuity, Change and Capacity Building
  • Building Culture, Capacity and Teams
  • Residential School 7th & 8th September 2018
Participants should expect to spend 15 to 20 hours a week during the semester working on the course.

For detailed module descriptions and delivery schedule

Course Delivery

Flexible & Progressive

Blended Learning Model

Lectures will be released online on a weekly basis every Thursday and available for students to view at their convenience. Each lecture will contain on average 45 minutes of content.

Tutorials

Linked to each modules’ lectures, there will be eight face-to-face sessions and four online tutorials.

Residential School

Consists of a two day workshop in early September each year.

Sraith Ghaeilge an Chúrsa

Beidh sraith ar leith sa chlár, do cheannairí uaillmhianacha i scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge an Dioplóma Gairmiúil i gCeannaireacht Scoile (DGCS). I ndearadh agus i dteagasc na sraithe seo beidh sé tábhachtach go mbeidh tuiscint dhomhain ag mic léinn go mbeidh tuiscint dhomhain ag mic léinn ar na heochairchoincheapa agus saincheisteanna i litríocht na ceannaireachta agus go mbeidh ar a gcumas iad a chur i bhfeidhm i gcomhthéacs an oideachais trí Ghaeilge. Ceann de príomhaidhmeanna na sraithe Gaeilge ná éascú agus saibhriú a dhéanamh ar phlé na ceannaireachta ionas go ndéanfaidh rannpháirtithe an plé agus cumarsáid trí Ghaeilge sna ranganna teagaisc le feidhm a bhaint as a gcuid taithí sa chómhthéacs lán-Ghaeilge.
Cliceáil anseo chun na sonraí ar fad trí Ghaeilge a íoslódail

All modules and course activities will be scheduled during out-of-school hours i.e. evenings & weekends.

6 Nationwide Locations

A partnership of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) has been established for the purpose of delivering this course, achieved by having distributed centres for the delivery of teaching and tutorial support in each ATECI region outlined below.

  • University of Limerick
  • NUI Galway / Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
  • University College Dublin
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • St Angela’s College Sligo (College of NUIG)
Irish Language Lead: Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Entry Details

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants for this programme must meet the underneath eligibility criteria and provide all required information by the application deadline of June 16th 2017.

Academic Entry Requirement

NFQ 8 (Hons) and Teacher Education Qualification.

Registration Status

This course is open to all qualified teachers who hold a recognised post in a recognised primary or post primary school, and who are fully registered with the Teaching Council under the appropriate Teaching Council Registration Regulation i.e. Regulation 2 or 4 of the Teaching Council (Registration) regulations 2009 up to 25th July 2016 or Route 1 or 2 of the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2016 and The Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 thereafter.

Position & Experience

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a school and be teaching for the duration of the course in a primary or post primary school recognised by the Department of Education and Skills.

Declaration

Evidence in writing from the principal of the participant’s school confirming that the teacher, at the time of application, holds a teaching position in the school at the date of application and for the duration of the course.

This course is open to approximately 240 participants annually

Programme Fees

The course is part funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

Each Participant pays an amount of €2,000 towards the overall cost of the course and the remainder of the total cost per participant is funded by the DES/CSL:

Where a teacher is accepted as a participant on a course on the basis of the above eligibility criteria and it subsequently becomes apparent that the teacher was not in fact eligible for participation, the teacher will be allowed to remain on the course on condition that he/she pays the balance of the course fees to the university.

When a participant withdraws from the course after the first two months, they will forego their fees and will not be eligible for future participation, except in exceptional circumstances.

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Team

Expert Lecturers & Tutors

Our lecturers and practitioners are experienced professionals and experts, with a robust mix of both professional and academic backgrounds. Students are exposed to the latest and most relevant lessons and course content. The Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership lecturers are supported by a team of practicing educational leaders from the primary and post primary sector.

Ciaran Sugrue
Professor of Education and former Head of Education in the School of Education, UCD.

Ciaran has worked in the Irish Education system in a variety of capacities including: primary teacher, school’s inspector, teacher educator and researcher. Prior to his appointment in UCD, he worked at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He was a lecturer, senior lecturer and principal lecturer at St. Patrick's College Drumcondra where he had a variety of responsibilities over time. He was involved in creating the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN). His research interests are wide-ranging and include: School Leadership and Educational Change, Continuing Professional Development, Teacher Educational Reform in developed and developing countries, and Educational Policy. Ciaran is currently the programme director on the online/blended Professional Diploma and Masters in Educational Leadership at UCD.

Gerry Mac Ruairc
Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education, NUI Galway

Gerry is a former primary teacher, school inspector and Associate Professor in the School of Education, UCD where he was programme director of the online/blended Professional Diploma and Masters in Educational Leadership. He has considerable experience in designing and delivering leadership modules and programmes including the development of a number of annual International Leadership Summer School Intensive Programmes funded through Erasmus on topics including Leadership for Inclusive Education and Leadership for Democratic Schools. He was appointed in 2011 as expert advisor to the EU Commission's funded European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSl).

Paul Conway
Professor of Teacher Education in the School of Education, University of Limerick

Paul is programme director for the DES-funded Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (PDMT) led by UL and delivered via blended learning to all 6 ATECI regions. After working as a primary teacher in educationally disadvantaged schools in Dublin, he undertook postgraduate studies in the USA at Boston College (M Ed) and Michigan State University (PhD, Educational Psychology) and has worked in universities in Ireland (UCC, UL) and the USA (Michigan State U, U Michigan and Cleveland State U). He has been programme director of the primary and post-primary Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration (PDEA) for 8 years in UCC where he was also Associate Director (2011-13), then Director (2013-14) of the Centre for Global Development (CGD), a university-wide centre. His recent publications include articles in the British Educational Research Journal, Pedagogy, Culture and Society and Irish Educational Studies and he has over the last decade completed a number of large scale funded/commissioned reports/studies for the NCCA, Teaching Council, NCSE and DES.

Mary Fleming
Senior Lecturer in Education and recent Head of the School of Education NUI Galway.

Currently Mary is Director of Teacher Education (PME) in the School of Education, Galway. She was a former post-primary teacher and principal of a DEIS school and has extensive experience in the leadership development in field of medicine over many years and with teachers and school leaders through her involvement with masters modules and programmes and her work with School Development Planning (SDPI) Post Primary.

Helen Murphy
Head of the Department of Education in the School of Lifelong Learning and Education in Waterford Institute of Technology.

Helen is responsible for leading programme development for postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in education in WIT designed for education practitioners working across the various sectors (adult, further, community education, primary, post-primary and higher education). She is also responsible for research development and engagement with external stakeholders including the Department of Education and Skills, the Teaching Council, the National Adult Literacy Agency, and a range of national and international research partners.

Contact

Get in Touch

Contact Our Programme Executive

If you have any questions about this course or wish to discuss it further, please contact Helen Fitzgerald directly using the details below or enter your enquiry in the form and Helen or a member of the course team will respond promptly.

Helen Fitzgerald, Programme Executive, School of Education, University of Limerick 061-234786
061-202605

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants for this programme must meet the underneath eligibility criteria and provide all required information by the application deadline of June 16th 2017.

Who is eligible to apply for this course?

If you are a qualified primary / post-primary teacher registered with the Teaching Council and have a contract with a school (recognised by the Department of Education & Skills) then you can apply.

If you are currently on a career break, you cannot apply for this course as the programme relies on work based learning and reflection.
The course is aimed at teachers who are seeking, or are currently in leadership roles.

What are the fees associated with this course?

The Course is part funded by the Department of Education and Skills. Each Participant pays an amount of €2,000 towards the overall cost of the course and the remainder of the total cost per participant is funded by DES/CSL.

What is the duration of this course?

The course is 18 months in duration.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will provide a blended learning experience for the participants as they engage with modules. Modules will be offered in a variety of delivery modes as specified below including on-line, distance learning and face-to-face modalities.

Lectures – Will be held on a Thursday evening (timetable yet to be confirmed). All Lectures will be streamed online, asynchronous
Tutorials – will be held on a Wednesday evening (timetable yet to be confirmed).
Evening face-to-face tutorial sessions. 8 Face to face sessions (2 x 1.5hrs in duration) & 4 online.
Induction – a 2-day workshop will be held on the 8th and 9th September 2017 at the University of Limerick.
Residential School will take place on the 7th and 8th September 2018.
Note: All modules/course activities will be scheduled for out-of-school hours/time (evenings).

What Modules will be delivered?

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

How will the modules be assessed?

Each module is assessed through continuous assessment. There are no end of term examinations.

What equipment and skills do I need?

Students are required to have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband Internet connection, a printer, a basic headset and (optionally) a webcam.
They should also be familiar with using email, browsing the Web, and using word processing packages.

Where are the Centres located?

University of Limerick
NUI Galway
University College Dublin
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
St Angela’s Sligo

Can I defer my place?

No this is not an option. If an applicant is offered, a place and declines the offer they cannot defer the place. Reapplication the following year will be required, (there is no guarantee that they will be successful the second time round).

When should I apply?

Applicants are advised to apply at the end of April if they intend on commencing the course in September 2017. The application system will CLOSE on June 16th 2017.

What if the quota of 240 places is exceeded?

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the quota a lottery system will be put in place.

Can I get recognition of prior learning?

NO – RPL is not considered for this programme.

What is the exact qualification at the end?

Level 9 post graduate diploma (60 credits)

Can I complete a masters after the PDSL?

The partner institutions intend on providing a follow on master option to successful graduates of the PDSL.

How much time is involved?

Participants should expect to spend 15 – 20 hours a week during the semester working on the course.

Can I apply if I am a principal?

Yes you can apply if you are currently a principal

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Complete the application form

Questions about your current role, qualifications, location etc.

Upload Documents & Additional Information

Once you have completed the application form you will be directed to the UL Student Administration Portal to upload your documentation and additional information.

Documents include:
  • Evidence in writing from the principal of the participant’s school confirming that the teacher, at the time of application and for the duration of the course, holds a teaching position in the school. Click here to download the declaration letter.
  • Results for examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award. Graduates of UL need only provide us with their UL Student ID number.
  • Certified translations of your award and transcripts, if they are not in English.
  • A copy of passport for verification of photo and full legal name.
  • A recent digital quality head and shoulders photograph for your ID card.
  • Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates, supporting statements etc...
Application deadline is June 16th 2017. Once we have reviewed your application, we will be in touch.