Certificate in Education, Learning and Development (Special Purpose Award)

Certificate in Education, Learning and Development (Special Purpose Award)
Microcredential / Postgraduate
One Semester
Validated by
Cork / Dublin Main Campus
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

Join our Level 9 Certificate to improve your skills in designing, teaching, assessing and evaluating educational programmes in line with best practice.

Learners on the Certificate complete two modules from the MA in Education, Learning & Development. This programme has been designed to meet the needs of educators and practitioners who support adult learners. Graduates will gain a specialist qualification which will enable them to support and inform their role and in turn, become a more confident and engaging lecturer or practitioner. Key concepts such as learning theories, inclusive strategies for learning and critical use of technologies are all introduced. 

Why Study Education, Learning and Development at Griffith College?

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners and educators who support adults’ learners in a variety of contexts. This may include Learning and Development specialists, role holders in Human Resources department, instructional designers, self-employed trainers or lecturers in higher education. Here are some of the benefits of studying with Griffith College:

  • Master the various technique to motivate and engage your learners, participants or clients, in line with best practice.
  • Build on your existing skills and develop your expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating effective learning programmes, including accredited and non-accredited programmes.
  • Increase your opportunities for career advancement and promotion as a result of having gained the skills above, and having a specialist Level 9 qualification
  • Experienced programme team includes practitioners from a wide range of education, learning and development roles who bring their expertise to the classroom and offer insights of a practical and applied nature.

Course Highlights

  • Flexible, part-time blended schedule
  • Delivered over one semester, with approximately three Saturday classes on campus
  • Practical and applied learning approach
  • Programme team of practitioners from a wide range of education, learning and development roles.
  • Networking opportunities with fellow practitioners in education, learning and development

Intake Dates

  • Cork - Part-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Part-Time - September 2024

What our students say

This programme led me to rethink everything I do as a teacher / educator from the writing of learning outcomes through to module design and assessment strategy. If these have already been written, then I now have the ability to critically analyse them. Apart from this, I now find myself considering what I am doing as a teacher throughout each individual class itself. Without doubt, and most importantly, my students will benefit from my application of the learnings that I have taken from this module. I strongly recommended and endorse this programme.

Ian Molloy
Certificate in Training & Education, 2017

I highly recommend this programme to anyone already in or aspiring to teach in third level. It is informative, holistic and comprehensive. It has transformed my in-class pedagogy and evaluation as much as it has my personal and professional life.

Victor Jatula
Certificate in Training & Education, 2017

Course Details

Learners complete two taught modules from the MA in Education, Learning and Development. These modules engage participants in the underpinning concepts, theories and practices associated with the design and implementation of effective learning for all adult learners.


Participants explore and evaluate contemporary learning theories along with implementing practical strategies to motivate and engage learners. Participants are introduced to a range of educational, learning and development strategies, which are universally designed to support all participants. Some of these strategies involve using technology to enhance the multiple ways of reaching and engaging learners. A comprehensive induction provides participants with an introduction to the use of technologies such as the VLE Moodle and the online meeting software. Care is taken to ensure that participants are confident using these technologies from the outset for their own learning as well as supporting them to consider these and other technologies for their own learners. This module is underpinned by an evidence-based and reflective practice approach to developing participants’ own professional practice in supporting learning. 

Participants engage in experiential learning activities and receive and provide peer feedback. They engage in individual and group activities


Professionals working in the fields of education, learning and development work in a dynamic and demanding environment. This module enables participants to engage with the different forms of learning used in education and in organisational settings such as accredited and non-accredited learning.

This module aims to challenge participants’ pre-conceptions of education, learning and development in the broadest sense. It provides them with opportunities to actively engage in groups by trialling different models of learning, such as problem-based learning, project-based learning and inquiry-based learning to support them to design effective learning experiences for their own learners. 

Participants analyse underpinning theoretical concepts associated with accredited and non-accredited learning. They evaluate the current challenges associated with designing, implementing and evaluating learning in different contexts. 

Participants explore the positioning of learning opportunities within the broader context of quality assurance and policy.  

They explore and examine the drivers and interpret influences in the design of units of learning. Collaborating in groups as teams is central to this module as participants learn how to transform a group into a team within a learning context. This experience supports their practice of guiding their own learners to collaborate and learn within teams. Participants design a unit of learning which is inclusive and appropriate to a chosen context which is negotiated within their own team. 



The Certificate in Education, Learning and Development has an intake in September at our Dublin campus.

Timetable available upon request from [email protected].

How to Apply

Entry Requirements 

Applicants will need a Level 8 Primary degree in their area of expertise. 

Applicants are also required to have lecturing or training experience with adult learners. The minimum experience requirement for the Certificate is 25 hours. Students must have a minimum of 2 hours of practice during the course of the programme. This is to facilitate peer and tutor observation sessions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL):

The Faculty welcomes applications from those who may not fulfil the above eligibility requirements however they may have prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the programme.

Applicants who wish to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

English Language 

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

How to Apply

Students who wish to apply for this course may apply directly to Griffith College.

Students will be required to submit a copy of the following documents:

  • Proof of Identification i.e. a copy of your Passport or Driving Licence
  • Primary degree Award Certificate and/or Transcripts
  • An updated C.V.
  • Evidence of lecturing or training experience i.e. a reference letter from the person/organisation facilitating your lecturing/training practice, or a copy of your timetable.

If you do not currently have these documents, you can apply now and email a copy of the documents to [email protected]


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 3,200.00


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 2,750.00


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 2,350.00

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards. 

A 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted. The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only.

Direct Debit Scheme

It is not possible for students to avail of the direct debit scheme as the programme is only 1 semester long. However, we have a special payment plan which students can avail of. To review the payment plan, please contact [email protected].


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. 

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Graduates of the Special Purpose Certificate in Training & Education will be able to progress to Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Education, Learning and Development.

Career Progression

Having a Level 9 postgraduate qualification will increase your employment prospects and open up opportunities to apply for more advanced roles in the area of education, learning and development. 

On completion, the graduate will be a confident and competent professional who demonstrates their mastery of designing learning experiences for a wide range of learners in many contexts. The exposure to learning from other practitioners and their complex contexts will have enhanced their own abilities to address challenges of ill-defined and unpredictable contexts. This high level of competence will ensure that graduates are agile and innovative practitioners.

At an organisational and national level, there is an increasing need for adult educators to have formal qualifications. Many who support learners in an organisational context such as role holders in Learning and Development or Human Resource departments have a Train the Trainer qualification at Level 7 or a degree in Human Resources. The individual or the organisation may want to have a higher level or specialist qualification to support and inform their role. 

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