Master of Arts in Teaching and LearningThree postgraduate qualifications in Teaching & Learning designed for those working in higher education and further education, either in Ireland or overseas
Discipline: Teaching and Learning
Location: Galway - Dublin Road
NFQ Level: 9
Programme Duration: Three years
Mode of Study: Flexible Learning
Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT
This suite of programmes has been designed for applicants who would like to gain a formal qualification in teaching and learning in Higher Education, and/or a qualification in Further Education.
In addition, it is for those who wish to develop and enrich their own teaching and learning practices in the context of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
The programmes are:
1. Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Minor Award, Level 9, 30 ECTS)
2. Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Level 9, 60 ECTS) + Minor Certificate Awards available for each stand alone Module undertaken in the Diploma
3. Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (Level 9, 90 ECTS)
The entry requirement for undertaking the programme is an Honours Degree (H2.2) in any discipline.
Entry can be at any of the three stages, as follows:
- Certificate in Teaching and Learning – Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) or equivalent.
- Diploma in Teaching and Learning - Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) and the Certificate in Teaching and Learning or equivalent.
- Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning - Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) and the Certificate in Teaching and Learning, and the Diploma in Teaching and Learning or equivalent.
Access to the above programmes is not restricted to applicants who are currently in a professional teaching or lecturing role. The programmes are open to teaching and non-teaching staff.
However, in case of non-teaching staff, a teaching placement is required while undertaking the Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Candidates with further qualifications at Level 9 in education or teaching practice may also employ GMIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes and the RPL assessment e-Portfolio tool (www.myexperience.ie) to determine if they meet the standard.
Candidates can use RPL as a means of accessing the programme. They can also use RPL to gain exemptions. This is in accordance with Code of Practice No. 6 (Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning).
RPL can be either certified or experiential. This validity of this RPL will be in accordance with the Code of Practice No. 6.
Furthermore, the programme makes allowances for the entry of international students holding qualifications at the appropriate level.
GMIT will assess Individual applicants on a case-by-case basis, in line with its RPL policy.
Where required, the programme board will also engage with GMIT’s International Office to map progression from partner colleges abroad.
STEP 1: Certificate in Teaching and Learning
The Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Step 1 of the MA in Teaching & Learning) is aimed at those who do not have a formal qualification in Teaching and Learning.
It will provide them with a foundational introduction to teaching and learning, equipping them to perform to the required professional standard.
STEP 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning
The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning (Step 2) is targeted at higher education staff who have completed one or more Level 9 CPD modules and/or those who wish to gain a teaching qualification but are not in a position to commit to an MA.
The Postgraduate Diploma allows participants to specialise in a range of topics which they can choose freely between.
- Creating an inclusive curriculum (5 ECTS)
- Mentoring (5 ECTS)
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (10 ECTS)
- External Free Electives e.g. Civic Engagement or Online Teaching
- Educational Leadership & Management (10 ECTS)
- Assessment and Evaluation (15 ECTS)
- Research Cycle: Foundation (10 ECTS)
- Student-Centred Learning (10 ECTS)
- Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) (15 ECTS)
- L&T e-Portfolio (5 ECTS)
STEP 3: MA in Teaching and Learning
The MA in Teaching and Learning (Step 3) is targeted at participants who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (e.g. at GMIT, LIN/AIT or other level 9 diplomas in this area), or who have provided evidence of recognised prior learning at level 9 in teaching and learning development.
At stage 3, participants will complete a minor Thesis in Education Science and the Research Cycle Applied module.
The learner is assigned a supervisor and is supported by a suite of online learning resources in research methods.
The total cost of the MA in Teaching and Learning programme (Steps 1–3) is €5,000.
This is broken down as follows:
|Step 1||Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Level 9, 30 ECTS)||€1,600|
|Step 2||Diploma in Teaching and Learning (up to 30 ECTS at level 9)||€1,600|
|Step 3||MA in Teaching and Learning (an additional 30 ECTS)||€1,800|
Note: Certified Modules, at Diploma level, can be taken individually at a cost of €400 for a 5 ECTS module, €800 for a 10 ECTS module or €1,200 for a 15 ECTS module. The award status is a minor award for 10 and 15 ECTS modules.
If you are thinking of studying Teaching & Learning, the following resources may help you:
1. Register for First Steps in Teaching and Learning and get access to a variety of resources to support teaching and learning - click here
2. National Student Led Learning (SLL) Group – develops free educational resources for higher education, further education and second level schools to support student engagement, retention and the transition to higher education and beyond - click here
3. National Forum for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching:
4. Enhancing Feedback in First Year using Digital Technologies - click here
5. Register for the RPL Assessor Skills open online course and gain access to a variety of resources to support assessment of learners for advanced entry to higher education institutes - click here
6. Online Journals:
- The WAC Clearing House Journals - click here
- Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - click here
- The Adult Learner Journal Ireland - click here
- Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching - click here
- The International HETL Review - click here
- Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education - click here
- The Teaching Council (registered teachers only) – Research page including access to some education databases - click here
- AISHE- J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - click here
- Educational Leadership - click here
- ERIC Journal list (some full text) - click here
7. Useful websites promoting or supporting teaching and learning:
- National Forum for Teaching and Learning - click here
- NCCA - click here
- PDST - click here
- Centre for School Leadership - click here
- QQI - click here
- HEA - click here
- Higher Education Academy (UK) - click here
- AISHE - click here
- The Irish Learning Technology Association - click here
- ERIC Education Resources Information Centre - click here
- JISC - click here
- SEDA - click here
- BERA - click here
- Research ED - click here
- HETL portal - click here
- The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education - click here
Register your Interest / Make an Enquiry
*** Applications are now closed for September 2017 start. ***
However, please fill out our online form here to register your interest for future start dates, and we'll get back to you.
Information Session - November 17th, 2017
An information session on the MA in Teaching & Learning will take place on Friday November 17th at from 11am to 12pm in Room 1036, GMIT Galway campus.
This session is for candidates interested in applying to start the programme in September 2018.
(Note: an online webinar link will be provided to candidates interested in joining the information session online.)
Following the information session, a RPL Clinic will take place at 12pm-1pm, to discuss candidates interested in applying for access to the programme by recognised prior learning.
Dr. Carina Ginty
GMIT, Teaching and Learning Officer
Email: Carina Ginty
Dr. Pauline Logue
Email: Pauline Logue