Course Description

Graduate Diploma / M Ed in Adult and Further Education



The Graduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education is a one-year full-time programme providing an academic qualification for teachers in adult and further education. The programme is recognised by the Teaching Council as a professional teaching qualification for the Further Education sector and will enhance participants’ knowledge and skills with modules focused on the theory and practice of adult education and lifelong learning (psychological, philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives), teaching, learning, curriculum planning and assessment.

Key Features

The programme is designed to enable students to develop their professional values, knowledge and action in the following ways:

  • Enable students, independently and with others, to critically engage with the theory and practice of adult/further education
  • Develop students’ knowledge and skills in curriculum planning, teaching and assessment in accordance with given programme and learner needs
  • Promote a capacity and a commitment among students to reflective practice, enquiry and research in their teaching taking account of the interdependence of student learning and teacher learning
  • Empowers students to create and sustain learning relationships with learners, taking  account of the diverse and holistic needs of the adult learner
  • Foster a commitment to the values which underpin the professionalism in teaching, including professional care and service to others, responsiveness to change, commitment to their own development as lifelong and collegial learners

A variety of assessment modes are utilised on the programme including course work, presentations, a portfolio and an action research project. The Graduate Diploma is taught using a blend of learning situations (onsite, online and teaching practice). Classes are held at weekends from 2-9pm on Friday and on Saturday morning 9.30am-12.30pm.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education is intended for graduates planning to teach in the adult and further education (FE) sector and for teachers already working in this area who wish to further develop their professional practice. The programme is recognised by the Teaching Council as a professional teaching qualification for the Further Education sector. This programme is also suitable for individuals interested in pursuing a career in adult education, lifelong learning, or community work. Former graduates have also embarked on careers in training and development.

This programme offers a progression option to a Master’s degree in Year 2, subject to certain achievement criteria.

CollegeMary Immaculate College
Course LocationLimerick, Ireland
Course CategoryEducation & Teaching
Course Duration1-2 years
Course FeePOA
Entry RequirementsCandidates will normally have a primary degree or equivalent at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A Level 7 qualification may also be acceptable together with recognition of prior learning (RPL).English Language RequirementsApplicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.
Phone+353 61 204950
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Mary Immaculate College



South Circular Road Limerick City, Limerick City, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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