Taught course

Professional Education Studies [School Planning]

National University of Ireland Galway · School of Education

Entry requirements

Refer to website: www.sdpi.ie Qualified teacher with and a minimum of three years teaching or relevant experience. Refer to www.sdpi.ie for further details. Forms are available from SDPI adn should be returned to that office. Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Sinéad Breathnach Course Coordinator, Post-Graduate Diploma in School Planning PDST Office Drumcondra Education Centre Drumcondra Dublin 9

Months of entry


Course content

The PDPES (School Planning) is a partnership project between the School Development Planning Initiative and NUI Galway, withe support of the Department of Education and Science. The Diploma is open to all practicing teachers in schools, colleges of further education and other similar educational organisations. The Diploma aims to develop and enhance skills relevant to school planning, policy development and change processes within schools.

This is a taught, modular course aimed at experienced practitioners in all areas of education. It combines the development of professional practice with a range of core and elective modules. The programme is also designed to build on each individual's previous involvement in professional development through the accreditation of prior learning. This course represents one of the qualifying routes to the Master of Education in NUI Galway.

The Diploma course is delivered through a combination of regionally-based outreach sessions (between October and April) and central summer school sessions. Most outreach sessions take place at weekends (Friday evening/Saturday). The course culminates with a summer school in NUI Galway in late June. Attendance is mandatory. The regional centres for the outreach sessions will be finalised in accordance with the geographical pattern of applications, A regional centre can be established only where there are sufficient applicants from the area to make it viable and where personnel are available to deliver the course.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Sinéad Breathnach
+353 (0)1 805 7729