PG Cert in 21st Century Teaching & Learning


What is the PG Cert?
The PG Cert is a Level 9 awarded by Trinity College Dublin. Through creative teamwork, this qualification explores how 21st century learning can be integrated within the classroom. In addition to the core module on ‘Digital Media’, option modules include computer programming, STEM pedagogy, ‘Inclusive Education’ and ‘Leadership and Change Management’.

Who is the course for?
In-service teachers interested in developing knowledge, skills and competence to support the development of an innovative school learning culture that is team-based, technology-mediated, project focused and cross curricular.

What is studied on the course?
The PG Cert comprises six modules. One of these, ‘Digital Media’, is compulsory. Three others—‘Leadership and Change Management’, ‘Inclusive Education’, and ‘Teacher as Co-Researcher’—are highly recommended. Option modules are offered in computer programming, STEM and information literacy.
For descriptions, see the PG Cert Course Handbook and below.

What is the time commitment and how are students assessed?
Teachers on the course take six modules between September and April. Each module consists of a Saturday (9.30am-5.30pm) in Trinity College or Google. To complete the PG Cert, participants submit an assignment for each of the six modules to at least a ‘pass’ standard. About half of the assignments are traditional essay assignments. The other half involve classroom-based implementation and critical reflection using the Bridge21 pedagogy. 

What does the course cost?
In 2016/17, the cost of the PG Cert—including tuition, application charge and graduation—is €498.

What happens after the course?
Those who complete the PG Cert in good standing, may apply to proceed along a progression pathway to MEd strands in the School of Education.

What are the entry requirements?
Applicants must meet the following academic and professional criteria:


• Possess qualifications and competencies recognised at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications (for example, a higher diploma or an honours degree).


• Be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland; and

• Have a minimum of one year’s teaching experience in schools.

How do I apply?
To apply for the course, complete Trinity’s online application here.


Course Descriptions

Digital Media
This workshop immerses participants in the experiential, activity-based Bridge21 learning model, developing teachers’ ability to use digital technology, communication tools, and the internet creatively and innovatively. It develops technical skills (audio recording and video and graphic media production) and explores popular topics (online safety, information evaluation and copyright and intellectual property).

Problem Solving in the 21st Century (Computational Thinking)
At the heart of all computer programming is the ability to “think like a computer”. Through activities, teachers explore how to develop students’ 21st century thinking skills, including problem solving, data visualisation, modelling real world problems and developing algorithms, almost all without using computers.

Introduction to Programming through Animation (Scratch 1)
Scratch is a popular visual programming language developed by MIT. Using a simple drag-and-drop, block-based interface, to develop animations this workshop is delivered through the Bridge21 model, all while developing an understanding of many computational concepts such as initialisation, variables, loops and events

Intermediate Programming through Game Design (Scratch 2)
This workshop builds on the Scratch 1 workshop, and is centred on designing a multi-level game using Scratch. It will also explore the latest technologies that can be used to control the games developed in Scratch such as: Kinect, Leap and Makey Makey – (see Participation in Scratch 1, or prior Scratch experience is a prerequisite.

Exploring Computer Systems (Raspberry Pi)
The Raspberry Pi is a small, programmable computer with a set of interfaces allowing it to control other devices. Delivered through the Bridge21 model, the workshop explores computers systems and how we can use them to interact with the world around us.

Advanced Programming with Python
With its simple syntax, powerful features and flexible applications, python programming language is widely used as an introduction to coding. Delivered using the Bridge21 model, this workshop focuses on an introduction to the Python language by developing mathematical algorithms to solve problems. 

Contextualised Mathematics
Delivered through the Bridge21 model and grounded in a view of mathematics as a problem-solving activity in which students construct knowledge by solving real world problems, this workshop introduces technology-mediated, maths learning activities including ‘Probability and Plinko’, ‘The Pond Filling Activity’ and ‘The Human Catapult’.

Information Literacy through Contextualised Inquir
This workshop will encourage students to reflect upon and develop their information literacy skills through engaging in a piece of inquiry based learning. They will develop skills in finding and assessing information while also reflecting on their own information seeking behaviours. The process of developing information literacy skills has been shown to dovetail effectively with inquiry based learning and some of this workshop will look at good practices in inquiry design. As part of the workshop students will be required to devise and deliver an inquiry based lesson to develop their students information literacy skills based in their own teaching discipline. 

Questions? Contact PG Cert Course Administrator Megan Kuster
01 896 4398




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