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21st Century Teaching and Learning

21st Century Teaching and Learning (P. Grad. Cert.) is a one year, part-time course that is worth 30 ECTS credits. The aim of this course is to equip in-service teachers with the requisite knowledge, skills and competence to support the development of an innovative learning culture within schools, that is team-based, technology mediated, project-focused and cross curricular.


In line with current safety protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic, all modules for this course will be delivered remotely, via an online platform, in the first semester (October - December). Students will not be required to attend in person during this time. We hope that the situation will subsequently change and allow us to host students on campus in the second semester (January - March), but this will depend on government and college advice.

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.


Colette Smith
Largy College, Monaghan (PG Cert 2019/20)

Participating in this course has had a profound impact on my teaching, and I start my lessons with a newfound confidence in my own abilities to use technology more. The confidence I gained meant that I had no concerns about preparing lessons for distance learning during the Coronavirus pandemic, which helped to alleviate unnecessary stress for me at a time of great uncertainty.

Deirdre Brennan
Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School (PG Cert 2016-17)

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.

Stephen Burns
Drimnagh Castle Secondary School (PG Cert 2018/19)

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.

Course Options

One Year, part-time

Course Coordinator

Dr Jake Byrne

Course Administrator

Dr Jane O'Hara

Next intake

September/October 2020 | Closing Date September 28th 2020

Admission Requirements

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 September 28th 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 September 28th 2020. All supporting documents must be received by 28th September as well (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, or by telephone: +353-1-896-3812.

Provisional Course Schedule

Orientation for the PG Cert will take place on the evening of Friday 16th October and will be delivered remotely. The first module of the course, Digital Media Literacy, is compulsory for all students. It will take place over two half days, Saturday 17th and 24th October, 9.30am-1.30pm approx., both of which will be delivered remotely.

Students accepted to the programme will be asked to choose their preferred five additional modules, which will be delivered across Semester One (October - December) and Semester Two (January - March). Please consult our brochure for descriptions of the available modules.

The rest of the modules available in Semester One will be delivered remotely and take place on a Friday evening and Saturday morning of some weekends. If we can deliver modules in person in Semester Two, these will take place on a full Saturday. See the provisional dates for the course below. Content is subject to change. Schedule can be downloaded here.

Semester Date Time Module
One Sat 17th October & Sat 24th October  9.30am-1.30pm Digital Media Literacy (compulsory)
One Fri 6th November & Sat 7th November



Inclusive Education
One Fri 20th November & Sat 21st November



*Stem Day
One Fri 4th December & Sat 5th December



Leadership & Change Management
Two Sat 9th January 9.30am-5.00pm TBD
Two Sat 30th January 9.30am-5.00pm STEM Day
Two Sat 27th February 9.30am-5.00pm Teacher as Co-Researcher
Two Sat 13th March 9.30am-5.00pm STEM Day

*STEM day refers to multiple module offerings including Problem Solving, Information Literacy, STEM, Maths and coding/programming modules.

Course Cost

The course fees are approximately €400, including the €55 application fee, making it great value Teacher CPD as well as a level 9 postgraduate qualification.