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POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATIONAL GUIDANCE COUNSELLING

Qualification : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH94G

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 18 January 2021

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This is a one-year full- time taught postgraduate diploma (Sept – August) which is designed to prepare qualified second-level teachers to provide and manage a school guidance counselling service. The programme is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills, the National Centre for Guidance in Education and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors as a professional, international qualification in Guidance Counselling.
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 with an early-September Induction Week. 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. A flexible work-based placement is scheduled for 3 days in June/July. There will be a 2-day May workshop in ‘Engaging with Difference’ as a preparation for this. 
 Programme participants are responsible for arranging the school placement component of the course (within an 85km radius of Maynooth) during which they work in close co-operation with the School Guidance Counsellor.

Applicants will be qualified, registered second-level teachers with an honours primary degree and 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

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 with an early-September Induction Week.  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.  A flexible work-based placement is scheduled for 3 days in June/July.  There will be a 2-day May workshop in ‘Engaging with Difference’ as a preparation for this. 

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

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

The programme is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills, 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 forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form: 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 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 and these references must be submitted with the application”. 

Interviews will be held with prospective candidates.  Please note: applications will be reviewed after the closing date (18th January 2021) and suitable applicants will be invited to interview.

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