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
Course Closed


Application process for entry in September 2019 will open in Spring 2019.

Applicants are requested to supply, in addition to the specified documents, two seperately attached documents on MS word: (1) An up-to-date CV and (2) a 500 word Personal Statement describing their interest and reason for applying for the programme.)

Master of Arts (MA) in Guidance Counselling and Lifespan Development (Level 9, 90 ECTS credits)


The focus of the MA is to qualify practicing teachers and other professionals to become qualified guidance counsellors.  The professional Guidance Counsellor brings to bear specific skills in counselling individuals in the areas of personal, social, educational and career development.  In order to fulfil their roles as Guidance Counsellors effectively, participants on the programme will be educated in a broad range of knowledge, skills and competencies within the context of a lifelong learning framework.   The strong focus on personal development on the programme strives to promote self-understanding and insight for a deeper appreciation of the counselling process.  Consequently, participants are required to avail of external supervision provided by an accredited counsellor, psychologist or psychotherapist in each academic year.  Details of which will be explained to participants on the programme.

The programme is offered over two academic years on a part-time basis (mid-week evenings and weekends depending on location of delivery).  It consists of a combination of taught modules across the two years, as well as a professional practice placement and a research dissertation in Year 2.  The curriculum includes an off-campus residential weekend in Spring Semester of Year 1 and two Summer School modules in Year 1 (one module per full week).   The average tuition contact time per week for each of the first four semesters is six hours, with a reduction to three hours in Semester 2, Year 2 to take account of 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.

This programme is recognised by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.  It is approved by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for the purpose of appointment as a qualified Guidance Counsellor in the education sector. This qualification does not provide graduates with a recognised teaching qualification as required by the Teaching Council.

Programme Centre: University of Limerick.

School of Education
Dr. Lucy Hearne,    
Course Director,     

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