Teaching and Learning FAQ

The MA in Teaching and Learning, GMIT - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Who do I contact to APPLY for the MA in T&L modules?

Email GMIT Admissions Office at Admissions@gmit.ie

Who do I contact for ADVICE on the 3 stages of the MA in Teaching and Learning programme in GMIT?

- Dr Carina Ginty is the programme co-ordinator for the Certificate and Diploma, Stages 1 & 2 (Email: Carina.ginty@gmit.ie)

- Dr Pauline Logue is the co-ordinator for the MA Thesis in Education Science, Stage 3 (Email: Pauline.logue@gmit.ie).

What is covered in the postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (30 ECTS, L9)?

This is a blended learning programme, and contact sessions run one day a month from September to May. The programme leader is Dr Carina Ginty.

Contact sessions cover:

  • Higher Education Theory
  • Lesson Plans & Reflection
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Technology Enhanced Learning Tools
  • Developing a T&L Portfolio and Teaching Philosophy
  • Student Engagement Strategies
  • Service Learning
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Creating Digital Learning Objects
  • Peer Observations & Reflections 

The contact sessions are supported by a suite of online learning resources participants engage with at their own pace on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle).

Do I need to be in a professional teaching role to participate on the Certificate in Teaching and Learning (L9, 30 ECTS)?

Yes, a minimum of 3 hours per week is required in a teaching/training role. The assessments are all linked to teaching practice.

I understand that my previous teaching and training experience would be subject to assessment via the RPL process – what is involved?

The RPL process commences in September/October annually and is integral to application and registration. Dr Carina Ginty (the GMIT T&L Officer) advises on the RPL requirements and process. 

Learning outcomes associated with prior qualifications and experience (relating specifically to teaching and learning) are mapped against the learning outcomes of the programme.  Evidence must be provided in the form of original transcripts and certs. GMIT uses an RPL online assessment tool.

I have already completed a few level 9 Diploma teaching development modules- can I now go back to award stage 1 and do the PG Cert. In Teaching and Learning?

Yes. This is a flexible framework. You can access the Cert. with a 2.2 honours degree. You also need to be working in teaching role part-time or full-time.

Would it be possible to complete two or more Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma modules in one academic year?

Yes. Once you have a 2.2 hons degree, or higher, you can register for postgraduate modules and it is possible to do between 1 and 3 level 9 postgraduate modules over one academic year in GMIT. 

Would there be a schedule or dates of workshops to attend & submission deadlines for each of these electives?

Yes. The schedule is confirmed and made available in early September annually. The programme Chair will give you contact details for module leaders who will advise you.

Is there an application deadline for the Certificate, Diploma or MA thesis award?

It is recommended to apply by mid-June for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in order to be considered for the start date on September 1st. 
This also applies to the Diploma elective modules running in Semester 1. For the Diploma electives running in Semester 2, candidates apply by December each year.
For the MA thesis award stage 3, candidates must apply by December 1st annually in order to meet the research proposal deadline due each year in April.
Please note places are limited on all stages of the programmes.

I was wondering at what level you'd be eligible to teach, having once completed the Dip in T&L? Post Primary or only Adult Ed.?

This is NOT a qualification for second level teaching in Ireland and therefore the Teaching Council do not recognise it for second level. It is specifically aimed at lecturers/educators in third level institutions (ITs, Universities/Further Education/Adult Education).

Is the qualification recognised by the Teaching Council?

No. (See above). This is for third level teaching/lecturing OR for professional development for previously qualified second level teachers. For second level teaching you are required to do a Professional Masters in Education (PME) Masters (2 year), offered in Universities - such as our Teacher Educators Together (TET) partner School of Education, NUIG.

Is there a specific talk &/or a course career advisor who would be available to discuss the best ways to apply for work at the start of the academic year & what are employment options having completed the Dip? 

Programme co-ordinators provide advice and there is a careers service for registered students in GMIT.

Would a level 9 postgraduate diploma participant with a subject qualification be eligible to correct exam / state papers for Junior / Leaving Cert after year one on the Dip?

To date, at second level, prior teaching experience (i.e. a minimum number of years teaching at second level) has been a strict criterion - but there is a shortage of exam correctors in some subjects currently; you could e mail the Department of Education and/or the State Examinations Commission to enquire.

I am an external candidate with a level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in T&L. What do I need to do to get onto the MA Thesis in Education science in GMIT?

  • You first have to apply for the Research Cycle: Foundation (10 credit) module running in GMIT Jan to April 2019 - mandatory for ALL.  Valerie Madden (Valerie.madden@gmit.ie) is the contact in the GMIT Admissions Office regarding  application/registration and please send in evidence that you have completed a level 9, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Funding is to be arranged with your institute on the basis that this specific module is mandatory for all for the MA in T&L. This module costs 800 euro. The MA Thesis (30 ECTS) costs 2,400 euro.
  • The Research Cycle: Foundation module involves a commitment to (5) workshops, held in GMIT on Fridays, 1.30 to 4pm; it runs each year January to May. Please email the module leader Barry McMillan for dates and times (Barry.mcmillan@gmit.ie);
  • The Thesis in Ed Science module is a 30-credit module, the output of which is a thesis of 20,000 words. It involves 6 contact days during the year on selected Fridays from 10am onwards, in GMIT. You can meet your lead supervisor on these days too. (Times need to be arranged/cleared with your line manager). Barry McMillan will provide dates and time at the end-of-year (see his contact details above).
  • In early Spring 2019 we have an information session and we invite proposals for the MA Thesis stage; proposals are due in April and a review is held with an expert panel to ensure that the proposal is viable and to address ethics issues.
  • Post-review - you are given written feedback and are required to further improve the proposal which is the first CA in the Thesis module, due in September.

How is the programme delivered?

All the modules on the programme are delivered in flexible, blended format. Typically students attend the institute one day per month from September to May (on a Thursday or a Friday, depending on the module). 

The timetable for each module is circulated by the module leader, when candidates are registered to start a module. In addition, during a module, participants will engage in peer learning mentoring circles, one to one clinics, peer observations with participants on the programme, and design learning and assessment activities all linking back to their teaching practice.

As this programme is blended, there is a responsibility on the learner to also engage with a suite of online learning resources. This can be accessed through the course virtual learning environment (VLE) at any time during the week/ term.

Where is the course based?

The class contact sessions (1 day per month) are based in Galway. In addition, students engage with a suite of online learning resources on the course VLE.

When is the closing date for applications?

The closing date for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning (30 ECTS, L9) is June 16th (apply early as this course fills up very quickly).

The closing date for the MA Thesis module (stage 3 leading to the final capstone award MA T&L) is January 8th annually as candidates need to prepare a research proposal by April in order to clear ethics approval and start the research by September. Contact Dr Pauline Logue for further information on accessing the final MA Thesis module.

For the elective diploma modules, candidates can apply at any time for any of the modules running in semester one or two. Check with  Dr Carina Ginty the Diploma programme leader in September or December to find out what Diploma modules are running in semester one and two.

Is it possible to do this course only to Certificate in Teaching and Learning level? Or, must I complete all three years?

Yes, it is possible. The Certificate is a stand alone level 9 postgraduate minor award in Teaching and Learning. The programme is designed in a flexible way so candidates can graduate at Certificate or Diploma level or continue to the final capstone MA in Teaching and Learning award (visit the programme page to find out more about the programme).

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