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Professional Certificate and Diploma (Ethical and Multidenominational Education)

Programme Director: Dr Regina Murphy

Applications for DC999 -The Professional Diploma in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education Course are made online via PAC system closing on 16th September 2016.

Structure and Content

Courses comprise 3 taught modules and a school-based project. Each module is equivalent to 5 ECTS postgraduate credits. Almost all modules are offered as blended learning, combining face-to-face tuition with online formats. Typically, there is one assignment per module consisting of an extended essay of approximately 2,500 words. The pedagogical approach is interactive, hands-on and participative. It is intense and enjoyable. Informal and formal dialogue while working with peers in small groups forms an important dimension of the experience.

Professional Certificate in Education

After successful completion of four modules, students may choose to graduate with the Professional Certificate in Education (20 credit, Level 9 qualification). Each certificate module is of 20 hours duration.Certificate courses are formally assessed through written examinations, course paper(s) of approximately 2,500 words or other approved methods. Coursework and seminar/workshop/online interaction may also be a requirement.

Professional Diploma in Education

Alternatively, students who successfully complete a fifth dissertation module are awarded the Professional Diploma in Education (30 credit, Level 9 qualification).

Current Students

Prospective Students

Applications for DC999 -The Professional Diploma in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education Course are made online via PAC system closing on 16th September 2016.

The Professional Diploma in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education (in collaboration with Educate Together) Course will take place on DCU St Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra in a blended format combining face to face lectures with online tuition (synchronous lectures as well as asynchronous interaction). Four modules can be completed in one academic year, commencing in October, January, March and May.

Module 1: Philosophies of Ethical and Multidenominational Education - October 2016 - November 2016
Module Coordinator: Dr Jones Irwin, DCU Institute of Education
Weekend 1: Saturday 8th Oct 9am-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 17th -21stOct (2 hours)
Live Online 1: Thursday 27th Oct 6-8pm (2 hours live online)
Weekend 2: Saturday 12th Nov 9-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 14th -18th Nov (2 hours)
Live Online 2: Thursday 24th Nov (2 hours live online)
Assignment due date: Friday 9th Dec 2016

The major theme of this course will be the philosophical issues which lie at the heart of the ethos debate in Irish education. The ethos of a school is an example of putting philosophy into practice in education; it is also an example of how no pedagogy is ever innocent. The issue of ethos in Irish primary education is a complex one, with a rather traditionalist emphasis now coming under increasing pressure in the ‘new Ireland’. This module will look at the problems in this area and the philosophical alternatives available for teachers and students. Participants will critically explore ethical approaches to education, with an especial emphasis on multi-denominational frameworks, which are grounded in liberal and communitarian perspectives. We will also look at non-denominational and denominational alternatives in ethical pedagogies, and analyse the complex relation between ethics, religion and politics in this area.

Module 2: Democratic Values in Education - December 2016- January 2017
Module Coordinator: Brian Ruane & Anne Marie Kavanagh, DCU IoE
Weekend 1: Saturday 3rd Dec 9am-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 5th-9th Dec (2 hours)
Live Online 1: Thursday 12th Jan 6-8pm (2 hours live online)
Weekend 2: Saturday 14th Jan 9am-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 16th -20th Jan (2 hours)
Live Online 2: Thursday 26th January (2 hours live online)
Assignment due date: Friday 10th February 2017

Students will explore and critically examine the values which underpin education in multicultural democracies. Students will become familiar with some of the value frameworks which inform education policy and practice in schools nationally and internationally. They will discuss and identify the issues relating to values in the broader education system and in their own practice. These issues include questions and dilemmas relating to the environment, childhood, citizenship and cultural diversity. As an international attempt to agree code of values common to diverse traditions, beliefs and systems of governance, the international human rights framework, will be applied to educational contexts and its potential to inform practice critiqued.

Module 3: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Ethical Education - February 2017- March 2017
Module Coordinators: Fionnuala Ward, Educate Together
Weekend 1: Saturday 11th Feb 9am-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 13th – Fri 17th Feb (2 hours)
Live Online 1: Thursday 2nd March 6-8pm (2 hours live online)
Weekend 2: Saturday 11th March 9am-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 20th-23rd March (2 hours)
Live Online 2: Mon 27th March (2 hours live online)
Assignment due date: Friday 7th April 2017

Students will examine the development of multi-denominational schools in Ireland and the Learn Together curriculum. Building on the two previous modules, students will explore the concept of ethical education in an international context and learn to identify and develop appropriate teaching and learning methodologies and resources. A key component of the module will be the exploration of various strands of the Learn Together curriculum through a broad range of pedagogies, learning objects, lesson plans and additional materials including visual and digital resources. Throughout the module students will reflect on the role of the teacher as an ethical practitioner and the relationship between curriculum and ethos.

Module 4: Teacher as Ethical Leader - April 2017 - June 2017
Module Coordinator: Dr Regina Murphy
Weekend 1: Saturday 29th April 9am-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 1st-5th May (2 hours)
Live Online 1: Thursday 11th May 6-8pm (2 hours live online)
Weekend 2: Saturday 13th May 9am-4pm (6 hours)
Asynchronous Learning: Week of Monday 15th – 19th May (2 hours)
Live Online 2: Thursday 25th May (2 hours live online)
Assignment due date: Friday 9th June 2017

This module will engage participants in reading, discussion and reflection on what it means to be an ethical leader from a teacher or educational practitioner perspective with a particular focus on a multidenominational school context. The approach will involve critical examination of theories and practical examples of case studies and scenarios, and the consideration of their application in everyday contexts, such as: teaching and learning, working with colleagues, involving students in participative decision making, and collaborating with parents and other stakeholders in education. A key dimension of the module will be the action research orientation which will require participants to inquire on an aspect of their own teaching as leaders and to reflect on the implementation of that action with their peers. The outcome of this inquiry will be the creation of an emerging theory of what it is to be an ethical leader.

Future Students

Future Students

Courses previously offered are:

Choral Conducting in Education and in the Community

Course Leader: Dr Marion Doherty

This course is designed to support teachers and those involved in choral music who wish to develop both their musicianship and their choral conducting technique. The course builds expertise successively through the gradual introduction of new repertoire, a range of musical genres, and musical works of increasing challenge for the choral conductor. Each module features the integration of conducting experience with the study of rehearsal technique, pedagogy, and related musical theory. Also considered is the importance of choral music participation in the wider educational and social sphere.

The course is open to teachers who wish to study the art of conducting in schools or in the community. Previous experience is not necessary although teachers who already have responsibility for choirs will find the course very beneficial. It is also suitable for other musicians and educators such as: conductors who have had little previous training; accompanists with an interest in choral conducting skills; and singers who wish to develop an understanding of the skills required for conducting choirs.

Choral Conducting Modules

Each module is of 20 hours duration and is worth 5 credits at Level 9.
Modules are formally assessed through performances of choral conducting and written assignments of approximately 2,500 words. Coursework and seminar/ workshop/ and online interaction may also be a requirement.

  • Module 1: Basic Conducting I
  • Module 2: Basic Conducting II
  • Module 3: Intermediate Conducting I
  • Module 4: Intermediate Conducting II
  • Module 5 : Dissertation (10 credits) (Diploma)
Classroom Assessment for Teaching and Learning

Course Leader: Barbara Collins

This course is designed to enrich classroom teachers’ knowledge, skills and understanding of the nature of assessment for teaching and learning in classroom settings and across the curriculum. Students will have opportunities to contribute to discussion and debate, offer critical reflection on their experiences of Classroom Assessment and consider its further development. Each of the three taught modules will comprise face-to-face sessions where issues will be presented and explained. Follow up online work will extend critical thinking. Opportunities to practice and extend understanding of assessment for teaching and learning will be afforded in a school based project. The course is open to all teachers who hold a recognised qualification from an awarding institution in Ireland or elsewhere. Consideration will also be given to members of other caring professions and to those who have an interest or an appropriate reason for attending.

Classroom Assessment Modules

Teachers/School Leaders may wish to take Modules 1 and/or 2 as stand-alone modules.
Each module is of 20 hours duration and is worth 5 credits at Level 9.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Assessment Types and Functions
  • Module 2: Using Standardised Measures for Teaching & Learning, and School Self-Evaluation
  • Module 3: Practical Applications of Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • Module 4: Reflective Practice in a School-based project
Professional Certificate in Visual Arts

Course Leader: Dr. Máire Ní Bhroin

This course will involve participants in practical art making across the six strands of the Primary School Curriculum (1999). Students will also have opportunities to contribute to discussion and debate, offer critical reflection on their experiences of teaching and learning visual arts and consider its further development.

Visual Arts Modules
  • Module 1: Drawing Paint and Colour
  • Module 2: Clay and Construction
  • Module 3: Print, and Fabric and Fibre
  • Module 4: Reflective Practice in a School-Based Project
Professional Certificate in Education: Ethical and Multidenominational Education

Course Leader: Dr Jones Irwin, St Patrick's College

This post-graduate Certificate course in Ethical and Multidenominational Education has been developed by St Patrick’s College in partnership with Educate Together. It is a ground-breaking initiative, addressing an underdeveloped but increasingly important discipline in the Irish educational landscape, and is the first course of its kind in the State. This certificate has been developed in response to growing demand for a course which explores the concepts underlying Ethical and Multi-denominational Education. The course will help teachers, principals and others working in education to explore questions like:

  • What does Ethical Education mean in a modern Irish context?
  • What values underpin Education in multicultural democracies?
  • How can a teacher support the moral and spiritual development of learners from different belief systems?
  • What does it mean to be an ethical leader in a multi-denominational school?
Ethical and Multidenominational Education Modules
  • Module 1: Philosophies of Ethical and Multidenominational Education
  • Module 2: Democratic Values in Education
  • Module 3: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Ethical Education
  • Module 4: Teacher as Ethical Leader

Applications for the Professional Diploma in Education- Ethical and Multidenominational Education - PAC Code DC999 are made online via PAC system closing on 16th September 2016.

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