educationDepartment of Education

Department of Education


Dr Mary Fenton

Dr Mary Fenton, Head of Department of Education 

The Department of Education offers initial teacher education (ITE) and continued professional development (CPD) programmes to teachers and education professionals working in primary, post-primary, further education and training (FET) and higher education to enhance their learning, networking and career opportunities.  

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes:  Our programmes reflect the key changes taking place in education practice and policy, both nationally and internationally and focus on:

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programmes:  These programmes focus on the formation of teachers and educators for the further education and training (FET) sector i.e., adult and basic education, adult literacy and community education.  Two of our programmes are Teaching Council-approved teacher education qualifications (TEQ) for practitioners working in the FET sector. 
Postgraduate Programmes in Education:  These programmes are aimed at teachers and education professionals working across the spectrum of education who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning or Management in Education.  These programmes are designed to develop participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence to become positive and effective change agents within their own educational setting.


Research:  Our faculty supports students' advanced research in strategic areas of: (i) professional development in adult and further education; (ii) policy and practice in further education, training, adult education, adult literacy and lifelong learning; (iii) technology-enhanced teaching and learning; and (iv) leadership and innovation in education.

The Department's roots are in adult education, therefore, we have a deep respect for and understanding of adult learners.  We are focused on supporting, encouraging and guiding adult learners to academic success. 

I hope that you find a programme or pathway of study that meets your education needs. 

Le meas,


Dr Mary Fenton

Head of Department of Education


Dr Mary Fenton| Head of Department of Education | School of Lifelong Learning & Education| Waterford Institute of Technology| Waterford| Ireland

T: + 353 51 845584   E:  [email protected]

Click on the video below to see what our students had to say about WIT's Department of Education Postgraduate Programmes