Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership

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The programme is jointly awarded by the University of Limerick (UL), the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and University College Dublin (UCD).

The programme is:

  • A part-time (18 months) blended learning professional diploma, delivered locally in nine centres throughout the country
  • Available in Dubin (UCD and Blanchardstown TU), Limerick (UL), Galway (NUIG), Cork (Munster TU) and Education Centres (Athlone, Laois, Mayo and Tralee) and online (restrictions apply)
  • There is an extra centre (mainly online) in NUIG with specific provision for teachers in Irish-medium schools

The content is based on the four domains of the Quality Framework for Leadership and Management from the Department of Education (2022) publication, Looking at our School and includes leadership visits to a school other than participants’ own and a leadership and management setting outside of the education field.

There are six taught modules delivered in 12-week semester-long blocks. There are three semesters in total for each cohort, Sept.-Dec. Jan.-May and Sept.-Dec.

Fees support for this programme is provided by the DE, the cost to participants is €2,000. The course will be open to 300 participants annually.

This programme is open to all teachers with five years’ experience in teaching who are registered with the Teaching Council. Participants must be working in a primary or post-primary school for the duration of the course. 

For further information, please use the link below: 

Cohort 1 - 240 participants 

Cohort 2 - 258 participants

Cohort 3 - 280 participants

Cohort 4 - 285 participants

Cohort 5 - 284 participants

Cohort 6 - 210 participants

Cohort 7 - 272 participants

Testimonials from participants:

"After completing the PDSL programme, I have a clear moral purpose and a vision for my own practice."

"The PDSL programme has given me a confidence in my ability and the theory behind leadership has opened my eyes to how leadership works in schools."

"I thought the PDSL course was excellent. It opened my eyes to the field of leadership theory and also to the finer details of current policy documents. Despite having to go online, our group managed to create a very positive learning atmosphere and I have already drawn on the expertise of the network of teachers I encountered."

"It was a great course and definitely worth it. I really enjoyed developing my leadership skills and networking with new people from across all educational sectors. It was good to get different perspectives on topics/discussion points. The mixture of face to face and online instruction was brilliant too."

CSL is funded by the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education (DE)
This service is managed by Clare Education Centre.