Postgraduate Diploma (Professional Educational Studies
[School Planning])

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The PDPES (School Planning) is a partnership project between the School Development Planning Initiative and NUI Galway, with the support of the Department of Education and Science. The Diploma is open to all practicing teachers in schools, colleges of further education and other similar educational organisations. The Diploma aims to develop and enhance skills relevant to school planning, policy development and change processes within schools.


The Diploma course is part-time and is delivered over one academic year in Education Centres throughout the country. The training workshops and teaching sessions are facilitated by a team of experienced SDP facilitators under the leadership of a National Co-ordinator and an independent Academic Advisor for the course. The course comprises four modules, namely: The Context of School Planning, The Planning Process, Facilitation Skills and Practical Experience.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Qualified Teacher with at least three years teaching or relevant experience. Refer to website: further details.

Duration: 1 year, part-time (October to August)

Next start date: Course not on offer for Entry 2012

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: Up to 80

Closing date: Course not on offer For Entry 2012.

Mode of study: Distance learning with weekend workshops and Summer School

Course outline

The Course Programme is delivered over 6 weekends and a five day summer school. Under the guidance of the Academic Director, Dr David Tuohy, members of the SDPI team facilitate the sessions in Regional Education Centres and the sessions during the Summer School are led by the Academic.

Applications and selections

Refer to website:

Who teaches this course?

Members of the SDPI team and the Academic Director, Dr David Tuohy.

Find out more

Dr. Mary Fleming
School of Education
NUI Galway
T 353 49 4071

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Fees for this course

The programme is supported by the Department of Education and Science and participants, provided they meet the criteria set by the DES, pay no programme fee. Application is via a circular which can be downloaded from the DES website:

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