21st Century Teaching and Learning
Is this course for me?
The course modules aim to enhance the expertise of participant teachers in new models of teaching and learning with particular emphasis on Science Technology Engineering Maths/Computer Science. They also aim to address complex challenges related to developing an inclusive educational environment and preparing all school students for higher academic aspiration and progression, through a focus on whole school culture, leadership and change. It is intended that participant teachers will learn how to develop and lead a 'cultural change process' within the classroom and the wider school community.
Participating in the Postgraduate Certificate has helped our school introduce and embrace 21st century skills in our classrooms. We have developed a team of teachers and students that are engaged in project-based learning in the Arts, Sciences and Technology using the Bridge21 model of teaching and learning. Personally, I am enjoying a more facilitatory, creative role in my classroom, and my students have become more active learners.
As a Science teacher the course has made me think differently about my approach to methods of investigation and in particular inquiry based learning. The practical nature of the assignments has given me more confidence to allow students to solve problems on their own and take more control of their learning.
One Year, part-time
Dr Jake Byrne
Dr Jane O'Hara
September 2020 | Closing Date June 30th 2020
Admission Requirements: Each applicant must meet the following academic and professional criteria.
Academic: Possess qualifications and competencies recognised at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications (for example, a higher diploma or an honours degree).
Supporting documentation, such as academic transcripts and parchments, references and CVs, must be received by 31st July 2020.
- Be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and/or have a minimum of one year’s experience working in educational or related contexts.
- Be in employment as an educator during the academic year for which the applicant is applying to the programme.
Q. Who is this course for?
A: The course is aimed at currently practicing teachers in post-primary schools in Ireland. It is suitable for teachers of any subject, not just STEM. Every year, we also have several primary school teachers take part; however, the course is only suitable for teachers of senior primary students, i.e. 5th and 6th class. We also accept teachers in Further Education, Third Level institutes, and informal educators such as CoderDojo staff. An interview may be required if an applicant falls outside our typical target audience. Due to the practical nature of most of the modules and assignments, applicants should be class teachers or at least have sufficient access to groups of students for the purposes of lesson planning and implementation.
Q: Will the PG Cert qualify me to be a teacher?
A: No. The Certificate requires that students are already qualified teachers/other practicing educators. While the Cert allows students to explore issues in education and aims to enhance participants' knowledge and practice in educational spheres, it is not designed so as to qualify graduates to teach.
Q: What is the deadline for applications?
A: The deadline is June 30th 2020. All supporting documents must be received by 31st July 2020 (see next section for a list of these).
Q: What do I need to include in my application?
A: An application form (submitted online), two references and an up-to-date CV are required for all applications. An academic transcript from your degree, and a degree certificate (parchment) are also required. If you won't be able to submit the transcript or certificate until after 30th June, please upload placeholder documents in order to submit the application. Students who studied for their primary degree through a medium other than English are asked to provide certification of their linguistic competence in English (e.g. grade 6.5 IELTS).
Q: When will I be informed of the decision on my application?
A: Applications are assessed and offers are made on a rolling basis. For non-EU students, we aim to communicate a decision on applications within three weeks of receiving the completed application.
Q: Who should I choose as my referees?
A: Ideally you would give the names of one academic referee (e.g. a lecturer who taught you) and one professional referee (preferably the principal of your current school). If you have been out of formal education for some time, and would not have an appropriate academic referee, your second reference can be from another professional colleague (such as your deputy principal or a former principal).
Who should I contact for more information?
A: For general PG Cert queries, please contact the programme administrator, Dr Jane O'Hara, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone: +353-1-896-3812.
Provisional Course Schedule
Provisional course schedule for 2020/21 will be updated in due course. *Note: All Saturdays are full days (9-5 approx). CS/STEM days will have multiple modules running concurrently, including combinations of: Information Literacy, Problem Solving, Introduction to Programming (Animation), Intermediate Programming (Game Design or Exploring Computer Systems), Text-based Programming (Python), Contexualised Mathematics, STEM Pedagogy. Combinations have not yet been confirmed; students accepted to programme will be asked to select preferred dates and modules.*
Friday 6th September (6-9pm) - Orientation
Saturday 7th September - Digital Media Literacy module (compulsory)
Friday 13th September (6-9pm) - Digital Media assignment support
Saturday 12th October - CS/STEM Day 1
Saturday 9th November - Leadership & Change Management in Education
Saturday 30th November - CS/STEM Day 2
Saturday 11th January - Inclusive Education
Saturday 25th January - CS/STEM Day 3
Saturday 15th February - Teacher as Co-Researcher/CS/STEM Day 4
Saturday 7th March - CS/STEM Day 5