Adult Education takes a very different approach to teaching and learning than a lot of people will have encountered through their previous educational experiences.  We value the knowledge that people bring with them from their everyday life and work with the student to bring them through the learning process.  Some of the key words that Adult educators use in their work are respect, inclusion, democracy and transformation. Putting these ideas into practice in a learning environment is exciting but can also be a challenge to people returning to education after a period of time and especially if this is their first venture into Higher Education.  For many people the best way to test the water is to begin with one of our short certificate courses.  Here typically, the student will attend class one evening per week for 3 hours with maybe 3 or 4 Saturdays added throughout the year.  Classes will be small and the learning that takes place within the classroom between the students and guided by our facilitators who oversee the course content and delivery has been described as life changing and the best learning experience that people have ever had.

If you are interested in studying for personal reasons or for career development take a look at the courses that are listed below.   We have a wide range of Continuing Education and CPD in Training and Development programmes with different closing dates. 

NB: Covid 19:  Given the current situation with the Covid 19 pandemic we hope to be able to run the courses as closely as possible to the way we have always run them.  This being the case we are looking at the university guidelines for face to face classrooms and this means having small classes in large class rooms in order for us to observe physical distancing rules.  However, we will need to be flexible in our approach and therefore we are also preparing for Blended delivery of courses. This will mean that depending on the advice from the government regarding tightening or loosening the control measures of lockdown we might have to switch to Teams, Video or Moodle classes at short notice. As a consequence, people who are thinking of applying for our certificate courses for 2020-2021 will need access to a PC or Laptop to take part in distance learning. We will do our utmost to give you the best learning experience that circumstances allow and hope to be able to continue with our preferred face to face classroom based teaching for as long as possible and it is safe to do so.

Dr Derek Barter,
Continuing Education Coordinator,
Dept. of Adult and Community Education,
Maynooth University.