Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH45G

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2021

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Maynooth University Department of Education is introducing an exciting, innovative and flexible Future Leaders Gateway Programme. It was created for teachers in order to build knowledge, competences, and expertise as you undertake your journey in school leadership. Our programme is designed specifically for teachers who are seeking or already are in school leadership roles, as well as for teachers who are seeking to develop their leadership skills in schools.

The Future Leaders Gateway Programme offers a combination of practical skills and theoretical foundations to support preparation for leadership and management positions at all levels. It is designed and delivered by experienced leaders, educators and academics from a variety of professional education roles and has input from national and international academic/practitioner experts in the areas of educational leadership and management.

What makes it unique?

You have three study options to choose from that best suit your situation, experience and aspirations. These are designed to offer you maximum flexibility in the programme and to engage with your professional development at your own pace. There is an immediate option to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters’s programme, with an opportunity for returning to study for a Master’s at a later point if you exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (within a four year period, subject to the availability of places). T-MAELM will be offered from 2021-2022.

What will you gain from the programme?

  • A deep understanding of leadership and management in the field of education and insight into your preferred leadership style.
  • Development of your communication, persuasive and influencing skills to help you inspire people.
  • Self-awareness of both your strengths and areas for development.
  • Knowledge of how to introduce, mediate and successfully manage wellbeing, anti-bullying and other policies in school.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the legal and policy context relating to management and leadership in educational settings.
  • Creative strategies to help you to deliver innovative solutions for your workplace.
  • Coaching and mentoring skills to optimise your team’s potential.
  • A repertoire of pedagogical and assessment approaches that have been designed to build your competences.

There are three entry requirements for the programme:

(1) A recognised level 8 degree

(2) A teaching qualification and/or full registration with the Teaching Council or equivalent qualifications as appropriate to the applicant’s field

(c) A minimum of 3 years full time, qualified teaching experience.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850.


This programme is a 21-month part-time programme delivered through a blended learning model that involves significant face-to-face engagement, with a strong emphasis on peer learning.

The programme is delivered via lectures, seminars and tutorials that help you develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of this field. The programme is delivered over two years.

For the academic year 2020/2021, Year 1 of the programme will be offered in the following venues, subject to sufficient numbers;

Venues Times/Dates
Maynooth University Monday 5-8pm
Galway Education Centre Monday 5-8pm
Drumcondra Education Centre Tuesday 5-8pm
Fitzgerald's Woodland Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick Tuesday 5-8pm
Cavan Institute (Cavan Town) Wednesday 5-8pm
Wexford Education Centre (Enniscorthy) Wednesday 5-8pm
Laois Education Centre (Portlaoise) Thursday 5-8pm


Year 2 of the programme (2021/2022) will be delivered via seminars, workshops and on-line engagement and will be located in Maynooth University and a number of regional centres (to be confirmed)

Please Note

While it is anticipated that candidates will choose and register for their preferred route of study from the outset, some flexibility may exist for internal transfer from the PGDELM (MH40G) to the MAELM and vice versa in Semester 2 of Year 1 of both programmes. This is strictly subject to the availability of places, on a year to year basis.


How do I find out more?

Due to the on-going Government restrictions relating to Covid 19 it was not possible to hold Open Nights/Information Sessions for this programme during March. We are monitoring the situation closely and propose to hold these events if possible in the future. If you are interested in attending please register your interest at this link. When you have done so, we will send you updated information as applicable to the programme' .

Please ensure that you select the centre you wish to attend.Please note: Registering your interest for an Open Night/Information Session is not a guarantee of a place on the programme or application for same.

Course Structure

There are six taught modules in Year 1:

(1) Leading and Managing Educational Innovation.

(2) Leadership for Enhancing Cultures of Communication.

(3) Participative Research as Leadership Practice.

(4) The Person and The Professional: Who am I as Leader?

(5) Legal Contexts, Policy and Practice.

(6) Coaching and Mentoring in and as Leadership Practice.

There are two taught modules in Year 2: 

  1. Research Methods.
  2. Capstone Research Project.
Course Duration: 21 Months

The programme is designed specifically for teachers/educators who are seeking, or already in, middle and/or senior school leadership roles, as well as for teachers who are seeking to develop their leadership skills in schools and classrooms.

Applications are welcome from teachers and/or school leaders who are on career break, sabbatical and/or job-sharing.

Applications can be made via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website

Online application only

PAC Code


The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

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.

Students are asked to provide the names of two academic referees and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.



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