Course Overview

The School of Education is excited to offer this new Professional Diploma (Contemporary Innovations in Education), commencing in September 2021. Applications for this short, flexible and self-tailored programme are now open to teachers and educational professionals.

The programme is designed to respond to the current needs of teachers and educational professionals, wishing to enrich and progress their knowledge and practice in contemporary education, teaching and learning. Students select modules which best suit their current professional, personal and/ or continual learning interests. The range of delivery modes and choice of stimulating and challenging modules on offer, affords students the freedom to fit their studies around their current professional commitments.

The programme is underpinned by constructive engagement and thinking critically about education; students will explore, critique and reflect upon current ideas, innovations, issues, theoretical developments and research in education, whilst applying this learning to their own professional practices and potentially implementing change. Consequently, students will be enabled to more effectively support teaching and learning in their respective settings.

Applications and Selections

Complete and return the Professional Diploma (Contemporary Innovations in Education) - Application Form ‌to 

Closing date for receipt of application is 31st August 2021. Late applications will be considered but please note places are limited.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

This programme is aimed at a wide range of graduates working in educational settings (e.g. primary, post-primary, higher education, adult and further education).

Applicants will normally have a Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2 or above) in Education or equivalent. Graduates applying from other related social sciences or arts/humanities disciplines will also be considered.

For applicants without the relevant academic qualification, but with relevant previous experience, recognition for approved prior learning (APL) can be awarded in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Additional Requirements


1 Year (part-time)

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

31st August 2021

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Professional Diploma in Innovations in Education


Course code

Course Outline

Students shape the direction of their study on this flexible 30 ECTs programme, thereby meeting their current interests, professional needs and career aspirations.

Students successfully completing two selected modules (30 ECTs) from the options listed, will exit with a Professional Diploma (Contemporary Innovations in Education). Alternatively, students may opt to study this Professional Diploma with a specialism. This requires completion of the specialism’s core module (15 ECTs) as well as one module (15 ECTs) from the remaining module options listed.

Specialisms for 2021-2022:

[1] Psychology and Learning

[2] Assessment and Learning

[3] Technology for Inclusion and Empowerment

[4] Advances in Home Economics

[5] Education for Sustainable Development

Module Options (15 ECTs, NFQ, Level 9)
It is possible that a module listed may not run due to an unviable number of applicants.

From the listed modules, you may only select one module with *. If you wish to study more than one module with *, please consider the available programmes delivered by the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (CSENID) where this is possible.

Please note, if applying for a specialism, the respective core modules are numerically identified below and correspond to the specialisms cited above.

  • Contemporary Psychology in the Classroom [1]
  • Contemporary Trends in Learning and Assessment [2]
  • Technology for Inclusion and Empowerment [3]
  • Nutrition, Diet and Health Education (delivered by School of Home Economics) [4]
  • Professional Inquiry in Home Economics/Home Economics Education
    (delivered by School of Home Economics) [5]
  • Education for Sustainable Development - Key Perspectives (delivered by School of Home Economics) [5]
  • The Site of Justice? The Religious Education Teacher and the Classroom
  • Inclusion for Learning *
  • Literacy*
  • Specific Learning Difficulties 1 *
  • Current Trends in Science Education
  • The Fundamentals of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
  • Educational Research Methods *
  • Religion, Education and Society
  • Tutoring and Supervising in Higher Education
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)*
  • Numeracy*
  • Specific Learning Difficulties 2 *
  • General Learning Disabilities *
  • Education for Sustainable Development - Pedagogies and Practice
    (delivered by School of Home Economics) [5]

Modules may employ a combination of online, face-to-face or blended delivery. The approach assumed will depend on the specific module. Teaching will normally take place on weekday evenings and/ or weekends to allow students access the programme, whilst maintaining their work commitments. The delivery mode assumed for each module will be confirmed at the start of the academic year. Module delivery may overlap depending on the selected modules. 

Further Education

The Professional Diploma is a credit-based pathway that maps onto the MA (Contemporary Innovations in Education) in the School of Education, St. Angela’s College. Students who wish to pursue this route must successfully complete two professional diplomas at the required standard to be granted entry to the final year of this MA programme. Please note, entry to the MA programme will require successful completion of the Educational Research Methods module listed above. Students will be required to attain a H2.1 result overall in order to progress their studies to MA level.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The Professional Diploma supports and empowers the long-term career development of teachers and educational professionals. Graduates may further their careers in academia, policy advice, and education generally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Professional Diploma is aimed at a wide range of applicants from diverse educational settings, wishing to enrich and progress their understanding, knowledge and practices in education.  The flexible structure of the programme ensures each student from this dynamic population can take ownership of the course of their learning, by selecting modules which best suit their current professional and personal requirements.

The modules offered reflect ever-evolving theories, research, practices and innovations in education. Students will be stimulated and challenged to explore, critically reflect and apply this learning to their own professional contexts.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition


Fees: Student Contribution


Fees: Student levy


Fees: Non EU


Cost per module (15 ECTS): €900.00

Application fee: €25 (non-refundable)

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

This programme is not targeting non-EU applicants.

Find out More

Ms Mary Kearns
Senior Administrator
School of Education
St. Angela's College, Sligo
T: +353(0)71 9195551/5550

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions