Professional Diploma in Education*

NFQ Level 8, Major Award

*Note: This programme has been replaced by a Professional Master of Education from 2014-15.

The Professional Diploma in Education is a full-time programme running for 9 months from the date of first registration for the programme.

Candidates must be graduates (with an approved primary degree) from one of the four constituent Universities of the NUI or another University or degree granting authority approved by the Senate. The degree subjects must be deemed eligible by the Teaching Council for the purpose of second-level teaching.

It will be necessary to limit the number of students admitted to the programme (UCC's current quota is 220 students. Within this quota, a subject quota of 22 applies to Business Studies and Business related degrees). During the period of professional training, a candidate may not pursue any other academic programme except with the special permission of the Head of College and Head of School.

Application forms for admission to the programme will be available online from the PAC (Postgraduate Diploma in Education Applications Centre), 1 Courthouse Square, Galway. Tel: 091 549260. www.pac.ie. Application forms should be completed not later than the advertised closing date.

Garda Vetting
All candidates are vetted through the Garda Vetting system.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake of first year students (including repeats), this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

Teaching Practice
The course includes practice in teaching under supervision in a recognised second level school. All candidates, therefore, must obtain teaching hours in a recognised second-level school within a 30-mile radius of Cork City. The list of approved schools is available on the UCC School of Education website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/education/ . The School of Education in University College Cork does not undertake to provide schools for students, the responsibility rests with the student. A teaching practice placement should not be secured until students have been offered a place on the programme. After interview by the school, students are contracted until the end of the year to carry out their teaching practice in the school where their teaching practice placement forms were signed.

All students are required to spend a minimum of 100 hours of personal experience of directly teaching a class or classes in one or more approved subjects (6 classes per week). Including the hours spent in directly teaching a class or classes, each student will have an overall school experience with second level pupils of circa 200 hours duration. This experience will normally include opportunities for systematic observation, for collaborative work with school staff and for structured participation in school life. Teaching Practice must be undertaken during the morning hours of Monday to Friday, starting at the beginning of the school year (end of August) and continuing until the end of the school year. Students must ensure that there is a minimum of twelve students in their classess for supervision.

Students are normally allowed to teach only those subjects which they have pursued to an advanced level in their degree. For the purposes of supervision, students must select a primary teaching subject having a minimum of three class periods per week. This primary subject must be one that is approved by the Teaching Council for teacher registration*. (To teach French, German, Irish, Italian, Spanish, students must have had the language as a subject in the final year of their degree, i.e., it should have amounted to at least 30% of the undergraduate course in terms of contact hours). Students normally also teach a second subject in which they have some recognised academic attainment. A student may teach all lessons in one subject if it is a final year degree subject but he/she must also attend lectures and be examined in another subject pedagogy. However, it is desirable to have teaching practice in two subjects.

*Note: To be eligible for appointment to an incremental salaried teaching position in a secondary school, a teacher must be registered. It is the Teaching Council alone which has the prerogative to determine what constitutes adequate qualifications for registration purposes. See www.teachingcouncil.ie for registration details.

Irish Language Requirement
While the Irish requirement has been removed for the generality of second-level teachers who do not use Irish in their everyday work, teachers of Irish and teachers employed in Gaeltacht schools and in other schools where Irish is the medium of instruction will be required to be fully proficient in Irish. A special course in spoken Irish, run by An Gaeilge Labhartha, UCC, will be available to students during their Professional Diploma in Education year.

Orientation Seminar in Teaching
Students will be required to attend a range of seminars in UCC (in mid to late August) on topics such as classroom management, approaches to discipline, planning lessons, etc. Students will also be inducted by their teaching practice school into the policies and practices of that school.

Students take 60 credits as follows:

Foundation Studies
ED6301 Philosophy and History of Education (5 credits)
ED6302 Psychology and Sociology of Education (5 credits)
ED6303 Curriculum Assessment and Technology (5 credits)
ED6306 Inclusive and Multicultural Education (5 credits)

Professional Studies
ED6304 Teaching Studies: Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning (5 credits)
ED6305 Reflective and Professional Practice (5 credits)

plus 10 credits from the following:
ED6308 The Teaching of Business Studies (5 credits)
ED6309 The Teaching of Civic, Social and Political Education (5 credits)
ED6312 The Teaching of English (5 credits)
ED6313 Second Language Education 1 (French or German or Irish or Italian or Spanish) (5 credits)
ED6314 Second Language Education 2 (French or German or Irish or Italian or Spanish) (5 credits)
ED6315 The Teaching of Geography (5 credits)
ED6316 The Teaching of History (5 credits)
ED6317 The Teaching of Mathematics (5 credits)
ED6318 The Teaching of Music (5 credits)
ED6319 The Teaching of Religious Education (5 credits)
ED6320 The Teaching of Science (5 credits)

Teaching Practice
ED6307 Teaching Practice (20 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2015 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2014/2015.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Professional Diploma in Education (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: