Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education)

Course overview

The Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) provides the further education student teachers with the professional knowledge, understanding and pedagogical skills required to carry out their teaching roles and responsibilities.

The programme has been specifically developed to meet the needs of persons working in the Further Education sector who wish to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of registration as a Further Education teacher in Ireland and the EU, as well as other English speaking countries. 

The PDE(FE) aims to:

  • Provide student teachers with the theoretical knowledge, pedagogical skills and professional competences required to successfully teach and facilitate learning in the further education sector
  • Develop competent teachers whose teaching practice is underpinned by ongoing reflective learning and by the core values of the teaching profession
  • Engender a sense of collegiality and relationship building within the further education sector
  • Foster commitment to the teaching profession built on espousing a love of teaching and lifelong learning, and on championing the potential of all learners.

Key facts

Entry requirements

  1. Level 8 primary degree (180 credits)  or

  2. Level 7 ordinary degree (180 credits) and an additional qualification

NB: Please note you must upload a copy of your final undergraduate degree results when submitting your online application

Garda Vetting

Students must satisfy Garda/Police clearance requirements. Garda clearance must be applied for through NUI Galway, regardless of whether an individual currently holds Garda clearance with another organisation.

Additional requirements

Entry requirements for the programme are designed to comply with Regulation Five of the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations, 2009. Regulation Five details the requirements for registration of teachers in the further education sector. For further information on Regulation Five see The Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2009. Available at:

Teaching Practice Requirements
In addition to complying with 1 or 2 above, applicants must demonstrate that they are in a position to undertake the teaching practice requirements of the PDE(FE). These include:

YEAR1: applicants must be in a position to commence their Teaching Practice Portfolio

YEAR 2: applicants must be in a position to carry out their teaching practice class requirements (100 hours of teaching) in subject(s) in which they seek to be registered by the Teaching Council and must be in a position to complete their Teaching Portfolio.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of each programme participant to arrange a suitable further education teaching practice school or centre.

Computer Proficiency Requirements
Applicants are expected to be proficient in the use of computers and the internet.

Please refer to our brochure on this page for further course information.

Duration: 2 academic years

Next start date: Orientation - September 2015. Dates available in June 2015.

ECTS weighting: 60

Awards: Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education)

NFQ level: 8

Mode of study: The programme is a blended learning part-time programme.  Three 2 day workshops and microteaching sessions are delivered on the NUI Galway campus each year. In addition, Year 1 students attend a 1-day orientation workshop.

Course outline

Programme modules include:

  • Teaching Practice and Learning Methods
  • Programme Design, Development and Assessment
  • Psychology of Learning: Theories and Concepts
  • Professional Teaching Practice
  • Quality Assurance: Monitoring and Evaluation
  • The Learning Society: Context, Structure and Policy


Year 1 PDE(FE) Schedule

Applications and selections

Applications for 2015-16 will open on April 1, 2015 at

NOTE:  A non-refundable application fee of €30 is to be paid online at time of application.

PLEASE note you must upload a copy of your final undergraduate degree result and a copy of your birth certificate or passport when applying online.

All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information:


A fees scholarship may be provided 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

- Social Insurance Contribution Credits

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information.

Find out more

Programme Administrator

Adult Training and Education Studies

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway

Nuns' Island, Galway


Telephone: 091 494058

Facsimile: 091 528905



Fees for this course

EU (Total): €3,500 per annum

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.