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GMIT MA in Teaching and Learning

Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning

Three postgraduate qualifications in Teaching & Learning designed for those working in higher education and further education, either in Ireland or overseas. *** Applications are now open for 2018 ***

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

Why Study?

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)

Read our Teaching and Learning programme lecturer profiles and/or and download our brochure (PDF, 1MB).


Access Requirements

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:

  1. Certificate in Teaching and Learning – Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) or equivalent.
  2. Diploma in Teaching and Learning - Level 8 Honours Degree (H2.2) and the Certificate in Teaching and Learning or equivalent.
  3. 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 ( 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.

Programme Modules

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.

Elective modules:

  • 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.


*** Download all Programme Modules here ***

Essential Information: 


The total cost of the MA in Teaching and Learning programme is €7,200.

This is broken down as follows:

  • 2,400 euro Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (30 ECTS)
  • 2,400 euro Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (covers up to 30 ECTS of modules)
  • 800 euro for a 10 credit stand alone postgraduate module
  • 2,400 euro for the MA Thesis (Stage 3 of MA Teaching and Learning)

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:

- National Forum Teaching and Learning Insight Papers - click here
- National Forum Publications - click here
- National Forum Resources - click here

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

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Contact Us


Apply today

Applications are now open for 2018.

To apply, please complete our online application process (external site).


For further information contact:


Programme access and administration

Samantha Flaherty

Email: Samantha Flaherty   


Valerie Madden

Email: Valerie Madden


Programme leader - Certificate and Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Stage 1-2)

Dr. Carina Ginty 

GMIT, Teaching and Learning Officer/Lecturer in Teaching & Learning

Email: Carina Ginty


Programme leader - MA in Teaching & Learning (Stage 3)

Dr. Pauline Logue,

Programme Chair MA / Lecturer in Education

Email: Pauline Logue

GMIT MA Teaching & Learning 3 Step Process