Course Overview

With increased demands for effective management of learning environments and an increased focus on online and eLearning, the field of teaching, training, education and learning constantly presents practitioner challenges. Professional effectiveness in the field demands a knowledge, skills and competence base that is underscored by an understanding of the practical implications and considerations of a complex learning environment and a skill set capable of responding to unpredictable demands.

The Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Teaching is designed to afford teachers who have successfully completed the Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education), a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Education Studies, a Higher Diploma in Education or equivalent teaching qualification to progress their studies.

Through the RPL process, students will be awarded a 30 ECTS exemption for advanced entry to the MA on successful completion of the PDE(FE) or equivalent.

Applications and Selections

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Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.  A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.

 

 

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Attendance at workshops and tutorials forms an integral part of the course.

Assessment includes written assignments, group projects, online discussions and learning journal reflections.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  1. Academic (essential): You must have achieved a minimum of a H2.2 honours degree in the Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) or equivalent teaching qualification award (NFQ Level 8/60 ECTS).
  2. Experiential: You are expected to have a minimum of three years’ experience in teaching in the FET sector or other relevant experience.

You may be required to attend for interview prior to being offered a place on the course. The number of places will be restricted.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, part-time

Next start date

September

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

25

Closing Date

Next start date

September

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting

90

Award

Master of Arts

CAO

PAC code

Course Outline

The Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Teaching is intended to give teachers the opportunity to:

  • Respond to management and leadership demands to effectively implement a learning environment strategy that considers relevant and up-to-date developments in an ever-evolving environment
  • Engage with the online learning environment by exploring the pedagogy and practice of developing, managing and monitoring online learning to become effective e-Learning professionals
  • Develop a research capacity that promotes systematic intellectual inquiry, critical analysis and problem solving skills in the uncovering of new knowledge and practice in the field of adult learning and teaching
  • Take responsibility for recognising and acting on the ongoing requirements to maintain professional standards within the teaching profession in the Further Education and Training sector.

Course Modules

Social Science Research (10 ECTS)
Social Science Research explores the principles and skills relating to planning and designing research, developing a literature review and preparing survey strategies. It examines in detail the nature of inquiry, qualitative and quantitative methods of research based on philosophical assumptions and applied to different research questions.

Management and Leadership in Training and Education (10 ECTS)
Management and Leadership in Training and Education explores key concepts of management and leadership to provide a foundation for implementing strategic objectives in training and educational contexts. Management and leadership competencies, innovation management, programme management and leadership perspectives are studied to underpin development of a successful learning environment.

Online Learning Design (10 ECTS)
Online Learning Design focuses on pedagogical concepts and instructional design models that are fundamental to designing and developing an online learning environment. It examines pedagogical, technical and practical issues that affect the development of effective online learning environments and the issues relating to managing and monitoring online learning activities, assessment and evaluation.

Dissertation (30 ECTS)
Participants completing the Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Teaching must complete a research based dissertation.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Required ED410: Dissertation


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 30

The dissertation provides learners with the opportunity to carry out research on an adult learning and/or development topic of choice. Learners are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and competence gained throughout the course to their completion of their research.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the main concepts of the research process as they relate to the role of a competent researcher in undertaking a work-based research project relating to work practices in the field of adult learning and/or development.
  2. Critically evaluate the essential theory and knowledge that are an integral part of a project proposal, individual chapters in a work-based research project and their application and implementation in the research work.
  3. Formulate the research skills required for a competent researcher to plan, design, source, select, undertake and submit a research proposal and work-based research project based on the implementation of specific research guidelines, aimed at achieving successful learning outcomes, including the skills required for a presentation of the research work.
  4. Select and modify the research skills required for undertaking a comprehensive and relevant literature review, conducting different types of methodology research work, analysis and interpretation of research data and implementation in the work-based research project.
  5. Take responsibility and initiative for how the researcher selects and incorporates specific research and methodology contents in the writing of the project proposal and in the submission requirements for individual chapters in the work-based research project.
  6. Exercise autonomy and judgement in the identification of selecting relevant literature review material, showing engagement with the review contents and in the adaptation of a critical perspective to the literature review discussion.
  7. Reflectively appraise the knowledge and skills learned in undertaking the work-based research project and showing how this learning can be utilised in your continuous professional development as a researcher.
  8. Express a professional commitment to the value of research work in contributing to and in the advancement of knowledge in society.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module ED410: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required ED422: Online Learning Design


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Online Learning Design focuses on pedagogical concepts and instructional design models that are fundamental to designing and developing an online learning environment. It examines pedagogical, technical and practical issues that affect the development of effective online learning environments and the issues relating to managing and monitoring online learning activities, assessment and evaluation
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive and specialised knowledge of fundamental models and concepts of the virtual learning environment
  2. Evaluate a range of formal online learning environments (e.g. MOOCs, Virtual Learning Environments such as Blackboard and Moodle) and social online environments (e.g. Web.2.0, social networking) for a range of learning scenarios
  3. Discuss pedagogical, technical and practical issues that affect the development of online learning environments
  4. Synthesise the key elements of three eLearning pedagogical models for designing online learning activities (Mayes’ Conceptual Model; Laurillard’s Conversational Model; and Salmon’s 5-Step eTivity and eModerator framework)
  5. Apply instructional design models to construct detailed prototype online learning environments and learning activities using a variety of online learning, communication and collaboration tools
  6. Explain issues relating to managing and monitoring online learning assessment and training evaluation processes to develop effective assessment and evaluation strategies
  7. Take responsibility for applying learning to own professional practice, for evaluating and managing the learning needs of others and for ensuring the continuing professional development self and others
  8. Scrutinise the role of technology in the learning process ensuring that appropriate pedagogical approaches and professional standards are implemented for online learners
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module ED422: "Online Learning Design" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required ED421: Management & Leadership in Training & Education


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Management and Leadership in Training and Education explores key concepts of management and leadership to provide a foundation for implementing strategic objectives in training and educational contexts. Management and leadership competencies, innovation management, programme management and leadership perspectives are studied to underpin development of a successful learning environment.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Synthesise comprehensive and up-to-date information on the theories and principles of management and leadership
  2. Critically analyse the key concepts and characteristics of management and leadership to evaluate personal performance and professional development
  3. Utilise critical analysis skills to research discipline related materials, to distil and communicate complex information and to manage information in ways that sustain working internal and external relationships
  4. Craft, implement and manage a programme management strategy that considers relevant and up-to-date developments in the workplace
  5. Exercise autonomy in the management and leadership of the learning and development process to design, implement and evaluate learning and development programmes or events
  6. Manage and transform work contexts that are complex, unpredictable and require new strategic approaches
  7. Take responsibility for managing individuals and teams, for monitoring their performance and for implementing continuing professional development
  8. Influence and promote leadership strategies to ensure best practices are employed and best results are achieved and take responsibility for difficult decisions in pursuit of goals
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module ED421: "Management & Leadership in Training & Education" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required ED414: Social Science Research


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module explores the principles and skills relating to planning and designing research, developing a literature review and preparing survey strategies. It examines in detail qualitative and quantitative methods of research based on philosophical assumptions and applied to different research questions. It encompasses developing students’ knowledge and skills of data analysis methods and writing-up research findings

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of research strategies and their philosophies, up to date knowledge of a mixed methods approach to research, its philosophical underpinnings and its analytical approaches.
  2. Express knowledge of the context for research within professional practice including the identification of appropriate quantitative and qualitiative approaches to completing high standard research within a professional practice.
  3. Select, integrate and apply research strategies for the formulation of a research question and to the design of a research project.
  4. Critically review literature to develop a coherent, comprehensive and rigorous justification for research.
  5. Exercise research appropriate autonomy and judgement in applying knowledge and skills in a wide variety of contexts including professional practice and study.
  6. Manage a research process and project through the implementation of qualitative, quantitive or mixed methods using appropriate tools and techniques.
  7. Manage learning tasks independently, professionally and ethically.
  8. Express an internalised personal world-view and critique personal learning in line with the content and expected learning outcomes of the module and the value, approaches and etics of research.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module ED414: "Social Science Research" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Teaching is designed for qualified teachers working in the Further Education and Training sector.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,000

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€5,500


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Tara Prendeville
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway

Phone: 091 494061/494055
Email: tara.prendeville@nuigalway.ie