PG Diploma in Educational Leadership PG Dip

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Course Code: CKC18 Part-time

Course Title: PG Diploma in Educational Leadership

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

PG Diploma in Educational Leadership

Duration: 1 year Part-time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

This is a part-time programme is expected to run for 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme and is open to Irish/EU students only as it is based part-time.  The following details contained in this WEB link may be subject to some changes and will be updated accordingly.  Prospective applicants can contact the School of Education, Job-Sharing Adminstrative Staff, to discuss the programme details at either of the following e-mail address: Ms. Anita Cronin / Claire Dooley : Telephone number : 353 (0)21 - 490 2467   Fax number 353 (0)21 - 490 4270291

Qualifications: PG Dip

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: €4000.00 APPROVED AMENDMENT 27/1/17

Entry Requirements: An honours primary degree and three years or more relevant professional experience in education or cognate field. Relevant professional experience, equivalent to five full years, may be considered as an honours equivalent.

Closing Date: Applications now closed 2017/18

Next Intake: September 2018


The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership is a one-year, part-time postgraduate course which supports the professional growth of current and aspiring leaders in education, enabling them to contribute effectively to the improvement of practice in their own professional settings and the wider professional community.  It will enable participants to develop the means of using critical reflection to enhance their own and others’ professional practice. The course responds to the need for an updated conception of leadership and mentoring in education. Leaders in organisations need to be able to motivate, coach and mentor staff in rapidly changing environments with limited resources -  a theme increasingly emphasised by the Teaching Council of Ireland. In this course students will learn about a variety of leadership styles as well as how to identify and develop personal, professional and pedagogical strengths and abilities to be an effective leader. Emphasis is placed on transformative leadership and team capacity-building.

Course Details

Students take 60 credits over the year:

ED6510 Schools as Organisations (1): Policy, Planning and Review (15 credits)

ED6511 Effective Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice (15 credits)

ED6512 Schools as Organisations (2): Leading School Improvement (15 credits)

ED6513 Mentoring and Coaching Practicum in Educational Leadership (15 credits)

The focus on effective leadership and schools as organisations explores and extends knowledge and understanding of discourses related to leadership at all levels. These three modules are designed to support the development of leadership and management practices in individuals in order to contribute to career-long professional learning and school improvement.

The coaching and mentoring component focuses on supporting the professional learning and growth of colleagues; developing the knowledge, understanding and skills required to use a coaching and mentoring approach to developing capacity and capability in others; and, to evaluate impact on professional learning.

Please click this link for further details contained in the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year. PG Calendar

Link to University Postgraduate Academic Calendar for further details on the content and modules are available in Calendar - Book of Modules

Detailed Entry Requirements

Candidates must have:

An honours primary degree and three years or more relevant professional experience in education or cognate field. Relevant professional experience, equivalent to five full years, may be considered as an honours equivalent.

  • It is desirable that candidates also have the following:
  • Gained some professional experience of educational leadership;

  • A clear sense of professional purpose (demonstrated via a 750 word statement of purpose submitted with the application - CKC18 Supplementary Form Questions 

    Supplementary Form CKC18

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at This programme opened from November 2016 for 2017/2018 intake.  For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.  The application date was extended up to 12th May 2017 but is now closed for applications until November 2017.

Course Practicalities

The programme will run over one academic year with four 15-credit modules run on a Saturday, each module taking place over two Saturdays.  Modules will be delivered through a mixed mode of seminars, on-line discussion, self-study materials and work-based learning.


Assessment will be continuous over the course: three modules will be assessed with small in-class assignments during the module and larger projects following conclusion of each module. The Mentoring and Coaching module will be assessed on the basis of a professional practice portfolio developed over the course of the programme

Who Teaches This Course

To be finalised.

Further Contact Information

Prospective applicants may contact the School of Education, Job-Sharing Adminstrative Staff, to discuss the programme details at either of the the following e-mail address: Anita Cronin / Claire Dooley : 

Telephone number : 353 (0)21 - 490 2467   Fax number 353 (0)21 - 490 4270291

School of Education, U.C.C.

Tel:   490 2696 / 490 2465

Contact us

E: Anita Cronin / Claire Dooley

P: 021 4902467
W: Website

Related Courses:

Application and Transfer to the MEd
For candidates who satisfactorily meet the entry requirements of the MEd, and have achieved at least a Second Class Honours grade in the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, an exemption of 60 credits of the taught element of the MEd programme will be granted. However, the remaining 60 credits of the MEd programme must include the compulsory dissertation of 30 credits.

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