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Applications are now open to Cohort Four for the Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL). Please follow the link below to apply:

The programme is jointly awarded by the University of Limerick (UL), the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and University College Dublin (UCD). Additional academic support for the programme is being provided by the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) with delivery support from the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Association of Teachers' Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI)

The programme is a part-time (18 months) blended learning professional diploma, delivered locally in nine centres throughout the country. There are two centres in Dublin-Blanchardstown and UCD, and centres in Cork IT, UL, NUIG, and in Donegal, Tralee, Mayo and Laois Education Centres. There is an extra centre (mainly online) in NUIG with specific provision for teachers in Irish-medium schools. In addition, an online pilot of the course is being offered with specific conditions for participation. To be eligible to access the course online, prospective participants must be more than 80 minutes driving distance (one way) from their school to the nearest venue (listed above) where the PDSL is being delivered face-to-face.

The content is based on the four domains of the Quality Framework for Leadership and Management from the Department of Education and Skills (2016) publication, Looking at our School. Leadership visits are an integral part of the course with participants visiting a school other than their 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 DES, the cost to participants is €2,000. The course will be open to approximately 300 participants annually.



 This course 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. 

The Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) for Aspiring School Leaders commenced in September 2017. The 239 Cohort One participants completed the course in December 2018 and graduated in UL on August 25th 2019.

The 260 Cohort Two participants commenced in September 2018 and completed the course in November 2019 and will graduate in August 2020.

CSL welcomed the 283 Cohort Three participants who began the course in September 2019, and wishes them well in their studies, and their leadership experiences. 

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."

 John Quincy Adams


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