Embrace your Professional Development Pathway at NUI Galway

No matter where you are in your career, whether you work as a professional in secondary or further education, or whether you are involved in industry-led training, your need to learn about new pedagogical approaches, course design, ways to engage learners, how to develop your leadership ability, are among the many skills that will support you on your professional development pathway.  

At NUI Galway, we offer busy educators a range of courses which they can take in a flexible manner to develop their teaching skill-set.  Here you will meet other like-minded professionals interested in developing excellence in teaching, in the company of our lecturing staff who are expert in their field.  

“Our teaching approach is practice-led”, explains Nuala McGuinn, Director at the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, at NUI Galway.  

“Students cover topics, teaching ideas and practical information which they can take back into their workplace and apply immediately”.  

The workshop-style approach which is applied in these blended learning courses, allows for an exchange of ideas and experiences from fellow classmates.  

“Due to the variety of people and backgrounds attending our courses, the exposure to different practice settings greatly enhances students’ learning experience”, highlights Nuala McGuinn.

New courses on offer

Among our newer courses on offer is a Higher Diploma in Politics and Society for secondary school teachers who require a qualification to teach the new ‘Politics and Society’ subject on the Leaving Certificate curriculum, and a Diploma in Technology Enhanced Learning for those who have an interest in exploring and leveraging the opportunities of incorporating digital learning practice and strategy into their professional teaching.  

Our Degree and Masters courses in Early Childhood Studies are also available and provide an engaging curriculum to ensure students are up-to-date with current knowledge, research and legislation so that they may be responsive to the changing needs of children and families in this evolving sector.


A full list of all courses, application details and scholarships are available at www.nuigalway.ie/adultlearning or call the Centre on 091 494066.

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