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 course 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.

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Applications and Selections

This course is now full, we are no longer taking applications for 2021/22.

This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application, when applying for this course, please select Education (Professional Diploma) – PFF under Academic Level.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

NB: You must also upload a copy of your final undergraduate degree result and a copy of your birth certificate or passport when applying online.

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

Teaching Practice Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate that they are in a position to undertake the teaching practice requirements of the PDE(FE).

  • In YEAR 1 applicants must be in a position to commence their Teaching Practice Portfolio.
  • In 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.

It is the responsibility of each programme participant to arrange a suitable further education teaching practice school or centre.

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:

Three 2-day workshops are delivered on the NUI Galway campus each year. In addition, Year 1 students attend a 1-day orientation workshop at the start of the year and a professionalism/reflection day at year end.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  1. Level 8 primary degree (180 credits) or
  2. Level 7 ordinary degree (180 credits) and an additional qualification

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. Further information on Garda Vetting.

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

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date


NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting



Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education)


Course code

Course Outline

Year 1 Timetable

‌‌‌Course 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





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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, student teachers will be able to:

  • Evaluate teaching practices and strategies to select appropriate teaching methods for diverse learners in the further education sector
  • Apply relevant theories and concepts of adult learning and teaching to teaching practices and methods
  • Develop programme curricula that comply with the requirements of quality assurance policies and national awarding bodies
  • Design and develop formative and summative assessment procedures that constructively support learners’ learning and that assess learners’ achievement of learning outcomes
  • Design quality assurance procedures that monitor and evaluate the academic integrity and standards of QQI (or equivalent) accredited programmes
  • Reflectively appraise the knowledge and skills that contribute to successful adoption of the core values, beliefs and skills of the professional teacher
  • Engage in reflective practice as part of the ongoing development of expert knowledge, pedagogical skills and professional competence.


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,558 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€3,488 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€70 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€4,058 p.a. 2021/22

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 2021_22 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Pauline Dillon
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 494059/494055
Email: /

What Our Students Say


Jun Yan |   Student

I chose to study this part-time course in 2019 because I was eager to develop my professionalism and become a teaching council recognised qualified teacher. The two years of this learning journey was very challenging but meaningful and enjoyable. The six modules offer a range of insights into the teaching profession, such as teaching and learning theories, curriculum programme design, lifelong learning context and policies. The lecturers are incredibly professional and helpful. I particularly liked the microteaching workshops. There was always a good peer learning atmosphere where I got to know my classmates and made many new friends. Even though I was the only Chinese student, I felt inclusive and part of the community during the workshops. I also think my favourite element is the 100 hours of teaching practice. The invaluable reflective self-assessment portfolio boosted creativity, motivation & critical thinking and the development of metacognitive skills. Teaching is a rewarding career with excellent potential for growth & advancement. The 2 years of my learning journey have equipped me with an in-depth understanding of my further education sector and confidence in my ability.

Tom Randles |   Graduate

It was a big decision to change from a career in IT to become an Adult Education teacher. The teaching practice has given me exposure to class planning and content development in a variety of subject areas, experience in dealing with diverse adult classes, liaison experience with resident teachers, and the opportunity to continuously improve my own teaching professionalism.

Safia Waller |   Graduate

While I had little previous teaching experience, the micro-teaching sessions, where short classes are taught in front of tutors and fellow students, gave me confidence in my ability and constructive feedback to improve all aspects of my practice. Studying while working part time and with a young family has been challenging, but the blended learning aspect of the course has suited my busy life.


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