Taught course

Further Education

Maynooth University · Department of Adult and Community Education

Entry requirements

A primary degree (level 8) or equivalent OR A primary degree (level 7) or equivalent and an appropriate additional qualification or certifiable RPL as per Regulation Five of The Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations, 2009 Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


Course content

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is made up of three areas of professional development:

  1. Foundation Disciplines of Adult and Further Education

  2. Professional Studies

  3. Teaching Practice

Registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland

  • Candidates are responsible for checking their own eligibility to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland separate from their application to Maynooth Universityfor the Higher Diploma in Further Education.
  • Candidates are required to contact the Teaching Council of Ireland for further information as applicants are dealt with on an individual basis.
  • Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in the

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is a professional teaching qualification in further education. It provides student teachers with the theoretical knowledge and the practical and reflective skills required to confidently work in further education settings. The course includes a 100 hours teaching practice.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62; Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Adult and Community Education