Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership

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CSL welcomes Cohort Four to the Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership Programme (PDSL) and congratulates all the members of Cohort Two who completed the course last year.

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
  • The centres are in
    • Dublin-Blanchardstown and UCD
    • Cork IT
    • UL
    • NUIG
    • Donegal Education Centre
    • Tralee Education Centre
    • Mayo Education Centre
    • 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.

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 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 DES, 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. 


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Testimonials from participants

‘I loved the content, delivery and participation on the PDSL. In my opinion, it is a course that every teacher should do’.

‘PDSL was very significant for me in my career. I am now so confident professionally, my job is much more enjoyable’.

‘The PDSL was transformative in my life. I grew in the self-belief that I could contribute positively in the leadership role of the school. The course helped me to solidify my own values, focus on the culture of my school and energise this culture’.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed studying every module on the PDSL course. After completing it, I felt super confident as a leader leading schools in the right direction. This is an excellent course for building strengths and courageous confidence’.

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.