Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development MA | Graduate School, University of Limerick

Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development MA

Education & Health Sciences:Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development MA

Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development MA
2 Years  Part- Time


Closing date for Applications: Wednesday 20th May 2019.

The MA offers a professional qualification in guidance counselling for practicing teachers and other professionals who wish to become qualified guidance counsellors.  It provides training in the required knowledge, skills and competencies of guidance counselling within the specialised areas of personal, social, educational and career guidance, across the lifespan.  The strong focus on personal development on the programme strives to promote self-understanding and insight for a deeper appreciation of the counselling process.  Therefore, participants are required to undertake external supervision through an accredited counsellor, psychologist or psychotherapist in each academic year. 

The programme is offered part-time over two academic years. It consists of a combination of taught modules across, professional practicum placement component of 150 hours (i.e. Main Placement of 125 hours, and Alternative Placement of 25 hours) and research dissertation.  The average tuition contact time per week for each of the first three semesters is six hours, with a reduction in Semester 2, Year 2 to account for the demands of undertaking a research dissertation.  However, the programme requires a significant level of personal commitment from participants in terms of attendance, contribution, self-directed learning and their own time management.

The number of places on the programme is limited.  Selection is competitive and will include short listing prior to an interview process in early June 2019 which involves a group interview followed by an individual interview.  The programme is currently under review by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for the purpose of appointment as a Guidance Counsellor in post-primary, further, and adult education.  This qualification does not provide graduates with a recognised teaching qualification as required by the Teaching Council.

Location:                  University of Limerick

Programme Start:     Early September 2019

Timetable:              Thursday 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm x 12 weeks  and Saturday 9.00 am – 4 pm x 6 weeks

School of Education
Dr. Lucy Hearne,    
Course Director,     

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