Aspiring Leadership Programme

“The Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) / Dioplóma Gairmiúil i gCeannaireacht Scoile (DGCS) is designed to prepare current teachers who aspire to lead with the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications for senior school leadership positions.”

“As part of my teacher education degree I travelled to Zambia to gain experience of their school system. It was an incredible experience.”

Muireann Stack

Undergraduate Education Student

“Our work with the Ubuntu Network focuses on providing staff and students in teacher education throughout Ireland with the knowledge and skills to address sustainable development issues such as global poverty, climate change and inequality.”

Deirdre Hogan

Ubuntu Network

“My research is predominantly concerned with social justice issues and the impact this has on educational policy and practice in Europe.”

Marie Parker-Jenkins

Professor of Education



“As part of my teacher educational degree I travelled to Zambia to gain experience in their school system. It was an incredible experience.”



“My research examines science teachers’ beliefs about scientific knowledge and how these beliefs might influence the way they perceive ‘Education Studies’ components of their teacher education.”



"My research predominantly focuses on the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers in terms of their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and the place of pedagogy within their PCK"

Welcome to The School of Education

With a team that has expertise in a distinctive combination of disciplines, we offer a range of professional education programmes underpinned by the values of empowerment, positive professional relationships and social justice.

Capitalising on this distinctiveness we:

  • Educate and empower students to become effective teachers
  • Provide distinctive and relevant professional development programmes for professionals in education. 
  • Through research and development, we respond to the needs of people locally, nationally and globally

Our teacher education and professional development programmes are characterised by their focus on:

  • Putting personal development at the heart of professional development
  • Developing a capacity for critical reflection and for career-long learning
  • Enabling our graduates to contribute to justice and equality, locally and globally
  • Enabling our graduates to work with other professionals and as part of a team

In collaboration with our partner departments, we have research and teaching specialisations in:

  • Applied psychology and social, personal and health education
  • Curriculum development and educational policy studies
  • Globalisation and diversity in education
  • ICT and Digital Media in education
  • STEM education
  • Teacher education and professional education