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Maynooth University Department of Education

Qualification : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH94G

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 25 January 2023

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This is a one-year full-time taught postgraduate diploma (Aug – June) which is designed to prepare qualified second-level teachers to provide and lead a school guidance counselling service. The programme is recognised by the Irish Department of Education (DES) and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) as a professional, international qualification in Guidance Counselling.

Participants attend Maynooth University one full day per week (Friday) and engage in school placement one day per week (Monday-Thursday) in a school other than where they work. The programme begins in late-August with full-day induction and workshops (attendance is mandatory). Intensive training in Psychometric Testing is scheduled for the October mid-term break (dates to be confirmed) and there will be 2/3 Saturday workshops in Semester 1

Programme participants are responsible for arranging the school placement component of the course (within an 85 km radius of Maynooth) during which they work in close co-operation with the School Guidance Counsellor.

Course Duration: 1 year full-time

Applicants will be qualified, registered second-level teachers with an honours Professional Masters in Education (PME) or equivalent qualifications. At least three years’ experience of teaching and experience in areas such as pastoral care or a school care team are essential.

This does not include your teaching experience while training as a second level schoolteacher.

Head of Department

Department of Education

Maija Salokangas

Head of Department

Department of Education

Participants attend Maynooth University one day per week (Friday) and engage in school placement one day per week (Monday - Thursday) in a school other than where they work.  The programme begins in late-August (dates to be confirmed) with full-day, week-long workshops.  Intensive training in Psychometric Testing is scheduled for the October mid-term break and there will be 2/3 Saturday workshops in Semester 1.  

Programme participants are responsible for arranging the school placement component of the course (within an 85 km radius of Maynooth) during which they work in close co-operation with the School Guidance Counsellor.

Course Duration: 1 year full-time

Course Duration: 1 year full-time

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Guidance Counselling will qualify participants to provide and manage a School Guidance Counselling Service.

The programme is recognised by the Irish Department of Education, the National Centre for Guidance in Education and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors as a professional, international qualification in Guidance Counselling.

Online application only www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code - MH94G

The following information should be uploaded to your online application: certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate or a valid passport. Maynooth University graduates who gained qualifications at other institutions should submit certified copies of those qualifications.

“All applicants must submit 2 professional written references from current school management on headed paper which are dated within the last year and these references must be submitted with the application”.

Please note applications will be reviewed after the closing date (25th January 2023) shortlisting may apply and suitable applicants will be invited to interview.

For further information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Guidance and Counselling and FAQ’s please see the Prospective Student area of our website here.

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