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Educational Leadership (International) - Master of Education

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 years

Award: Masters

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Niamh Lafferty

Brief Description

QS Ranked Top 100 worldwide (School of Education)

This innovative fully online Master programme is designed to enable teachers, with experience of working in EU and Non EU settings, to obtain a professional qualification that will enhance their career opportunities. The programme builds on the student’s experience of international educational systems and enhances their professional and leadership skills, whilst providing a supportive learning environment. The programme will also yield a global supportive network upon which participants can draw in order to excel as future educational leaders. 

The Masters of Education in Educational Leadership presents a unique opportunity for education providers and organisations to develop leadership and change capacity in an era of significant challenge and change.

Who should do this course? 

Teachers who have worked in international settings who are seeking to update their knowledge and understanding of education policy and practice

Teachers who may seek promotion opportunities at middle or senior management levels.

Teachers completing this course will: 

Gain deeper understanding of educational leadership approaches to critically appraise policy, professional practice and models of effective leadership.

 Appreciate the opportunities for entrepreneurial approaches to leading educational change and for building cultures of leadership through their practice.

 Use key capacity building practices within their school, and professional networks to foster inclusive and supportive leadership.

Acquire change management skills to enable organisational innovation and drive positive change.

Engage with empowerment strategies such as coaching to maximise school effectiveness.

Understand and utilise the dynamics of resource optimisation in the achievement of individual and organisational goals.

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The two-year fully online programme is designed for teachers at all levels. The programme is designed using flexible learning approaches and distance learning technology. All modules are designed to develop candidates professional autonomy and to build their learning as engaged, critical and reflective practitioners. The course will draw on both Irish, EU and international exemplars, case studies and Irish/international policy and will focus on global issues pertinent to leading educational provision and professional practice. The course will challenge teachers to develop their professional agency and expertise.

Year 1

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • Leadership of Learning and Teaching for Transformation    
  • Leading Schools: Culture and Globalisation
  • Sustainable Leadership: Dynamics, Resources, Resilience 
  • Approaches to Educational Leadership for the 21st Century          
  • Leading Educational Change: Policy, People, Practice
  • Building Leadership Capacity Through Coaching and Mentoring 

Year 2

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
  • Advanced Research Methods for Educational Leadership                  
  • Educational Leadership Dissertation 2 
  • Educational Leadership Dissertation 1


An honours primary degree (2.2) in a relevant or appropriate subject and a teaching qualification recognised by the University of Limerick or suitable equivalent. A minimum of two years relevant educational experience is required (primary, post-primary, further, higher education or other). The English language requirements of the University of Limerick must also be met. The University reserves the right to shortlist & interview applicants.

EU- €4,792 per annum

Non-EU- €11,022 per annum

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This course provides teachers with the knowledge, skills and competencies to support their career progression towards Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and Principal posts.

Fionnghuala King, Principal of Mount St. Michael Sec. School. Claremorris, Co. Mayo "I am an experienced Principal in a secondary school in the west of Ireland. The Masters of Education in Educational Leadership  is providing me with opportunities to engage with research, theory, historical and global trends and practice and most importantly like-minded learning partners to ensure that my leadership of the education of young people is enlightened and assured."