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MASTER OF ARTS in GUIDANCE COUNSELLING AND LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT. 2014. Dr. Lucy Hearne, Course Director [email protected] MA in Guidance Counselling and Lifespan Development. 2 year part-time initial training qualification at QQI Level 9 Award: 90 ECTS credits

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Master of arts in guidance counselling and lifespan development

MASTER OF ARTS in GUIDANCE COUNSELLING AND LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT

2014

Dr. Lucy Hearne, Course Director

[email protected]


Ma in guidance counselling and lifespan development
MA in Guidance Counselling and Lifespan Development

  • 2 year part-time initial training qualification at QQI Level 9

  • Award: 90 ECTS credits

  • Currently in approval process by the DES, and being reviewed by Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC)

  • Does not provide a recognised teaching qualification as required by the Teaching Council.

  • Quality assured through evaluation throughout curriculum delivery

  • Requires a high level of personal and professional commitment from participants in terms of attendance, contribution, self-directed learning and time management


Programme entry requirements
Programme Entry Requirements

A Degree in Education at 2.2 or above from a concurrent undergraduate programme, or a Higher Diploma/Masters in Education, or an approved equivalent professional teaching qualification

or

An Honours Degree at 2.2 or above in a cognate discipline such as psychology, social and community work, human resources and health sciences.

Consideration will also be given to candidates in line with UL's Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, they must also satisfy the English Language requirements of UL.

Selection is a competitive process and shortlisting will take place prior to an interview (group and individual in last week of April).


Programme aims
Programme Aims

  • To provide practicing teachers and other relevant professionals with a recognised professional qualification in Guidance Counselling

  • To support the development of a range of knowledge, skills and competencies for practitioners within a lifelong learning framework of delivery

  • To promote self-understanding and personal insight in order to deliver an effective guidance counselling service to clients


Core learning outcomes of ma
Core Learning Outcomes of MA

  • Theoretical knowledge, skills and competencies needed to support clients within a personal, social, educational and vocational guidance counselling framework

  • Critical awareness of ethical and professional issues

  • Personal leadership in management of an effective, contemporary guidance counselling service

  • Practitioner-based research methodologies to contribute to the growth of evidence-based research

  • Independent learning, critical thinking and integration of theoretical concepts within everyday practice and specific research contexts


Programme delivery
Programme Delivery

Total delivery:

Location: Carrick on Shannon Education Centre

13 modules = 9 class contact modules + 2 placement modules and 2

dissertation modules

2 modules in Autumn and Spring semesters for two years (a 12 week semester):

involves 8 weekends out of 12 (Friday evening 6.30 – 9.30pm and Saturday 9.00 – 4.00pm)

1 full weekend residential (off-campus) in Spring semester Year 1,

2 Summer School modules (5 days per module) in Summer

semester Year 1, approx at end of June/early July

Classes begin around second week in September (based on UL

academic calendar, not available yet).



Programme curriculum1
Programme Curriculum

  • Second Year Educational Placement of 72 hours under mentorship of a qualified Guidance Counsellor on site in the placement. Students secure this placement themselves. Can be in secondary, further education, third level, adult guidance sector.

  • Students need to complete 6-10 personal counselling sessions with accredited Counsellor, Psychologist or Psychotherapist in each academic year in line with best practice in the profession


Ul student learning supports
UL Student Learning Supports

  • Student Handbooks: UL and programme specific

  • UL Library Facilities: Textbooks, Online Journals/Databases, Induction by library staff, Faculty Librarian

  • Programme Moodle site for uploading documents

  • Harvard / UL Referencing System “Cite It Right” to be used by students, - see UL library website

  • One to Two Tutorials per Semester outside of class time

  • Ongoing contact with Class Representatives

  • Assigned supervisors from Faculty for Dissertation supervision

  • Course Director/Faculty Tutors Open Access Times


Further information
Further Information

Guidance Counselling

UL application process;

http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/guidance-counselling-lifespan-development-ma

National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE); http://www.ncge.ie

Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC); http://www.igc.ie

Department of Education and Skills (DES); http://www.education.ie


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