About This Course
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (for third level teachers)
1 year Part-time
EU Fees 2021
€1,800 (€900 per 15 credit module)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
The minimum academic entry requirement is a primary undergraduate degree (NFQ, Level 8) and the programme is open to all staff who teach in the third level education sector who have an active teaching timetable. See Requirements for full details.
02 August 2021
Course Delivery Method
13 September 2021
The aim of this programme is to provide staff in higher and further education with the opportunity to develop and professionalise their teaching practice to enhance learning, while gaining an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning. Be part of an international and interdisciplinary community of practice, attend live sessions led by CIRTL’s highly experienced teaching team, and engage with quality materials on this fully online programme.
Students who have completed the PG Certificate and wish to further their professional development can progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and subsequently the Masters in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education also coordinated by CIRTL.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education showcases best practices in online teaching and acquaints participants with relevant theories and frameworks for designing curricula and assessment. The practical component of the programme enables participants to apply their learning in their own teaching context and share reflections with peers.
The Postgraduate Certificate is comprised of two modules taken sequentially, typically in one academic year:
- TL6003 Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 1
- TL6004 Practice Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 2
On successful completion of 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate, there is opportunity to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
The Postgraduate Diploma is a part-time, fully online course and runs for two semesters over the academic year. Participants complete 2 x 15 credit modules:
- TL6005: Disciplinary Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (15 credits) - Semester 1
- TL6006: Diversity in Student Learning (15 credits) - Semester 2
On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, participants may progress to the Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
The programme is fully online. Students will get access to the programme through Canvas, UCC’s Learning Management System. There will also be opportunities during the programme to engage with peers in webinars as part of a community of practice approach to learning enhancement.
Participants will prepare a portfolio of professional teaching practice over the course of the academic year. The portfolio consists of six entries that emerge from participants’ own practice. Assignments are undertaken on a pass /fail basis, in keeping with the spirit of continuing professional development.
Who teaches this course?
Mr. James Cronin, CIRTL
Dr. Briony Supple, CIRTL
Teaching Fellows drawn from the 4 Colleges of the University and related Centres
Why Choose This Course
This programme provides staff who teach in higher education with an ideal opportunity to develop their practice by researching their teaching to enhance learning. Such continuing professional development has the potential to enhance career opportunities.
The minimum academic entry requirement is a primary undergraduate degree (NFQ, Level 8) and the programme is open to all staff who teach in the third level education sector who have an active teaching timetable. This could include supervision, placement work, lab-based work, in the field or in an online context. A minimum of 12 hours teaching in both semesters is required in order to fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme, i.e. a total of 24 teaching hours over the year.
PhD students are not eligible to apply for this programme, but are encouraged to apply for the postgraduate training modules in teaching and learning. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at the FAQs Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for more detailed information.
English Language requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants from non-native English speaking backgrounds, proof of English language certification is not required if currently employed in the third level education sector where the main language of instruction is English. Applicants who fall into this category are required to show proof of employment, e.g. a letter from your director of Human Resources, which is evidence of working in a third level educational setting where the main language of instruction is English.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
Irish/EU fee: €1,800 for 30 Credits to complete the Postgraduate Certificate (€900 per 15 credit module)
How Do I Apply
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - Online Application Information
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- What is your current occupation/specialty?