The BA (Hons) in Teaching in Adult and Further Education is a 60 credit, NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree award, recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland as the qualification for tutors/practitioners working in the adult and further education and training (FET) sector, this programme is Teaching Council-accredited. It is a follow-on to the Level 7 BA in Adult and Further Education programme. It will enhance participants' appreciation of good practice in teaching and learning and broaden their repertoire of teaching methodologies appropriate to adult and further education. Participants will develop their understanding of education systems and the challenges facing teachers and students in different FET contexts. The programme reflects the key developments and trends in contemporary teaching and learning environments, both nationally and internationally. It consists of a combination of taught modules and three blocks of professional practice. This modular programme is delivered in part-time blended mode in order to facilitate adult learners. It is usually completed within 18 months.
Professional Practice (PP) Placements in authentic Adult & Further Education (AFE) settings are a key component of this programme promoting key skills in planning, teaching, reflection and evaluation. Participants are required to complete 100 hours of PP as part of their studies. (PP1 - 40 hours, PP2 and PP3 - 30 hours each). Of these, 90 hours must be solo teaching; the remaining 10 hours can be observation, co-teaching or other relevant activities. In order to satisfy the requirements of Teaching Council registration all placements must be undertaken in approved AFE settings and involve teaching groups of six or more learners on accredited courses leading to awards at NFQ Levels 1 - 6. Participants are required to arrange their own placements but support is provided by a dedicated Professional Practice Co-ordinator, who can advise on negotiating access to appropriate opportunities and on other issues related to placement. Participants may use their current workplace for PP provided it meets the criteria above and is approved by their manager.
Please note: It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their qualifications are acceptable for the purposes of registration as a Further Education teacher with the Teaching Council. Contact the Further Education section (www.teachingcouncil.ie)
The BA (Hons) in Teaching in Adult & Further Education is a part-time blended learning modular programme with a flexible delivery model that facilitates the working practitioner. Traditionally, the programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and blended learning. Classes are delivered in weekend blocs (Friday and Saturday) on campus in SETU Waterford (on average 1 or 2 per month) and use of the SETU Waterford virtual learning environment (Moodle) in order to facilitate adult learners.
The programme consists of a combination of taught modules and three blocks of professional practice. Professional Practice (PP) is completed in each semester of this part-time programme (40 hours in Semester 1 and 30 hours in each of Semesters 2 and 3 – a total of 100 hours). The duration of each Professional Practice Placement is usually between 6 -10 weeks and takes place in student’s current workplace if suitable. 90 of the 100 hours must be delivered as solo teaching hours, while the remaining 10 can include observation of teaching, co-teaching and other activities.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Pedagogy in Adult & Further Education 1/Practice Placement 1 (5 credits)||Critical Education Studies (5 credits)|
|Quality Curriculum Planning and Assessment in Practice (10 credits)||Pedagogy in Adult & Further Education 2 (5 credits)|
|Psychology and Learning in Further and Adult Education (5 credits)||Education, Equality & Social Inclusion (5 credits)|
|Practice Placement 2 (5 credits)|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Elective - Promoting Literacies for Learning in Adult and Further Education* OR Strategic Management and Leadership in Adult and Further Education (10 credits)|
|Pedagogy in Adult & Further Education 3 (5 credits)|
|Practice Placement 3 (5 credits)|
Please note: Participants must complete all mandatory modules and may choose one elective module. Choice of elective module is subject to numbers.
Non-Standard Applications/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applications for recognition of prior learning (advanced entry or exemptions) are welcomed from potential applicants who may have the appropriate level of knowledge and with significant professional experience in the FET sector. For further information on advanced entry to this programme, please contact the Course Leader Ms. Anne-Marie Cullen Email: a[email protected]
How to Apply
To apply for this programme simply click on the 'Apply Here' button. If you have any questions please contact the Course Leader Ann Marie Cullen at [email protected] or contact the LDC Office at literac[email protected]
€4,550 - Total cost.
€300 per 5 credit module, €450 per 10 credit module, €750 for Practice Placement 1, €700 for Practice Placement 2, €700 for Practice Placement 3.
Flexible payment options are in place for students who wish to pay per module etc. You may be entitled to a subsidy if you are an adult literacy practitioner or in receipt of a social welfare payment. Please enquire for further details. Detailed information regarding the cost of the LDC programmes and fee procedures are outlined in the LDC Fees Guide.
On successful completion of this course, graduates may progress to the NFQ Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Teaching in Further Education (WD589/WD569) or Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (WD603) or MA in Management in Education (WD548) in SETU Waterford or equivalent courses in another Higher Education Institute. Please consult our Programme Pathways Infographic for further information.