Grad.Dip. Continuing Professional Development (P.Grad.Dip.)

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 31 July
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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There are a variety of in-service programmes for teachers and those with a professional interest in education, ranging from half day seminars to modules which, taken together in groups, comprise an Continuing Professional Development Diploma course. Single programmes of the half-day, one-day and weekend type are advertised as they occur.

A credit system is used within the Division to facilitate transfer between the various Master programmes offered, and also with other recognised educational institutions. The number of credits is linked to the number of contact hours required for an individual module. Each module comprises 30 credits, with four modules (120 credits) making up a diploma. To obtain credits the student must achieve at least a pass in the designated assignment.

Each module is assessed using a variety of methods, including projects, case studies, reports, examinations and curriculum design. The integration of theory and practice is stressed in the content of the modules and in the assessments. Where possible, experiential and active learning and teaching strategies are used in the presentation of modules.

Students with the requisite undergraduate qualifications who obtain a diploma of second or first class honors standard, and who perform to the same standard in two other post-diploma M.St. Qualifying Modules in research methods, may apply for admission to the Master of Studies programme. Students are required to complete a module in educational research methods before beginning the Master´s programme.


A student can begin a programme of study at several points during the academic year as each module is free standing and registration is for each separate module. A minimum of 120 credits is required for the award of a diploma that must normally be completed within three years of the date of registration of the first module.

Modules are normally taught outside of school working hours to facilitate teachers continuing in full-time employment. As the Division of Continuing Professional Development collaborates with the Association of Education Centres (in addition to other institutions) modules are offered in Education Centres in several locations throughout the country in addition to Trinity College.

These modules include:

* addiction studies;
* child protection and abuse;
* contemporary issues;
* cooperative learning;
* curriculum design and assessment;
* dance education;
* drama in education;
* information and communication technologies;
* intercultural education;
* management of change;
* management of human relationships;
* multiple intelligences;
* social and interpersonal education;
* special needs;
* staff development and selection;
* subject specialisms.


Entry qualifications: teachers recognised by the Department of Education and Science, or others who are graduates of recognised institutions and have a professional interest in education. Diploma students need to be aware that entry to the postgraduate diploma does not mean that one is automatically eligible for entry to the M.St. programme.

English language requirements: * IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570

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