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Maynooth University

1 Floor School of Education, North Campus Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Kildare, Republic of Ireland

Maynooth University is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is located in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. It is Ireland’s youngest university, having been founded by the Universities Act, 1997 from the secular faculties of the now separate St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, which was founded in 1795.

Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (DACE) is the only specialist academic department for the education of adults in Ireland.  We have been working with adults for 40 years. In that time we have worked with thousands of people who are living proof that one is never too old to learn.  We have a range of courses designed to cater to the needs and wants of people from all walks of life and all educational backgrounds; from people who left school with no formal qualifications and are seeking to re-enter formal education; to those who have completed degrees and post-graduate degrees to doctorate level programmes and who are seeking Continuing Professional Development and Improved Practice.

More than anything else students who have undertaken our courses comment on the transformative nature of the discipline.  Adult Education is a powerful tool for personal, organisational and societal change.  Some of the methods used include small group discussion based learning where students are encouraged to engage with the subject or a problem by bringing the full extent of their own knowledge and experience to deepen the level of critical analysis. Skilled Adult Education facilitators accompany the group learning process and guide the students towards better understanding their own life world through promoting individual personal reflection.  And so Adult Education creates dynamic learning environments in which participation is a key ingredient for exploring  real life issues regarding human relationships, social and political issues in terms of social justice, equality, democracy and diversity.

DACE has a long tradition and commitment of providing and developing a wide range of courses both On Campus and at local level. Over the years our Continuing Education programme has grown and developed in response to the changing needs of adult learners. The role of continuing education courses is to provide third level learning opportunities for adults, which are flexible and part-time.  Some, such as our Return to Learning courses, are designed particularly for those without previous third level education but who are considering re-entering education at this time of their life or their career. Others answer more direct needs of the individual and society such as our Addiction Studies or Community Development and Leadership courses.  Our Training and Continuing Education certificate (Level 7) has become widely recognised as the Train the Trainer course par excellence.  All of our courses are underpinned by a belief that adults learn best when the learning and courses are meaningful, relevant, accessible and applicable.

Wherever you start you will find that there are paths to progression onto other courses across a wide variety of academic disciplines. So whether you are looking to increase your career prospects by gaining a university qualification or you are just curious about the world in which we live, we’ve got just the course to capture your imagination!

Addiction Studies Level 7 Cork
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a broad overview of key theoretical frameworks in relation to substance misuse and dependence, and to enable them to develop basic helping and intervention skills.…
Addiction Studies Level 7 Dublin Bluebell/Inchicore
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a broad overview of key theoretical frameworks in relation to substance misuse and dependence, and to enable them to develop basic helping and intervention skills.…
Addiction Studies
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a broad overview of key theoretical frameworks in relation to substance misuse and dependence, and to enable them to develop basic helping and intervention skills.…
Certificate Adult Guidance, Theory and Practice
The course had been developed by the Department of Adult and Community Education, Maynooth University in collaboration with stakeholders in the field of Adult Guidance. The course will begin to address the needs of those…
Certificate in Adult and Community Education
Adult education is a transformative and powerful tool for change. Impacting positively on the lives of those who participate, their wider communities and society as a whole, adult education provides a platform for radical and…
Return to Learning (Access Programme)
This Certificate level course is designed as a stepping stone for adults who wish to return to study but have not studied in any formal way for a number of years. Participants are given an…
Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7)
The NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education has been developed by a team of adult educators, HR and training professionals, and organisational psychologists. It focuses on delivering a high quality, relevant and widely recognised…
Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7) CORK
The NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education has been developed by a team of adult educators, HR and training professionals, and organisational psychologists. It focuses on delivering a high quality, relevant and widely recognised…
Classical Studies
This programme is designed to provide graduates with in-depth study of specific topics within the field of Classics, and a set of research skills appropriate to work at this level.
Classics
This is a two-year programme, designed to provide graduates with in-depth study in Classics and with the skills necessary for carrying out research in the field. The study of ancient Greek or Latin is compulsory…
Classics - Research
The research programme equips students with the necessary skills in research, academic writing, and the ancient languages, along with any other specialist training required for their particular project. Above all, the Department aims to provide…
Certificate in Community Development and Leadership
This certificate course is designed to introduce the student to concepts, definitions, principles and processes of community development and to explore formal and informal community development models. It will critically analyse modern society. It will…
Certificate in Community Development and Leadership
This certificate course is designed to introduce the student to concepts, definitions, principles and processes of community development and to explore formal and informal community development models. It will critically analyse modern society. It will…
Creative Writing for Publication
CERTIFICATE IN CREATIVE WRITING FOR PUBLICATION This course will give participants a practical grounding in the writing of fiction and creative non-fiction for publication. The course allows students to work with professional writers who will…
Disability Studies Donegal
Disability Studies  is a unique course for people working or wanting to be employed  in the disability sector.  It attracts both disabled and non-disabled students eager to understand oppression, exclusion and the politics of disability. …
Economics / Finance - Research
The four year programme of study includes, in the first and possibly subsequent years, reading courses, taught courses, generalist and specialist skills seminars; while the second, third and the fourth years of the programme are…
Disability Studies
Disability Studies  is a unique course for people working or wanting to be employed  in the disability sector.  It attracts both disabled and non-disabled students eager to understand oppression, exclusion and the politics of disability. …
NUI Cert. in Psychology Level 7 Clane
This Maynooth University NUI Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society. Upon successful…
NUI Cert. in Psychology Level 7 Cork
This Maynooth University NUI Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society Upon successful…
NUI Cert. in Psychology Level 7 Roscommon
This Maynooth University NUI Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society. Upon successful…
Psychology
This Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society. Location: Clane, Cork, Roscommon. Upon…
Local history
This Certificate level course is offered by the Department of Modern History, NUI Maynooth. The course examines the ‘local dimension of Ireland’s past’.  The course aims to provide participants interested in local history with an opportunity…
Night Time Degree BA Local Studies
NUI Maynooth offer this upcoming Night Time Degree BA Local Studies course. The BA in Local Studies (Social Sciences) is specifically designed for adult students who are interested in pursuing a part-time evening degree in the…
Certificate in Communication and Group Skills for Managers
The NUI Certificate in Communication & Group Skills for Managers will assist individuals to develop effective leadership, facilitation and communication skills in a work-based environment. It is suitable for individuals with no management/supervisory experience as…
NUI Cert. in Psychology Level 7 Clane
This Maynooth University NUI Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society. Upon successful…
NUI Cert. in Psychology Level 7 Cork
This Maynooth University NUI Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society Upon successful…
NUI Cert. in Psychology Level 7 Roscommon
This Maynooth University NUI Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society. Upon successful…
Psychology
This Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society. Location: Clane, Cork, Roscommon. Upon…
Night Time Degree BA Community Studies
The BA in Community Studies (Social Sciences) is specifically designed for adult students who are interested in pursuing a part-time degree at night. This flexible degree has been developed for people who are busy with…
NUI Certificate in Equality Studies Online
The course will provide students with the knowledge and understanding needed to deal effectively with issues of equality and diversity in the workplace in a rapidly changing Ireland. The course will equip practitioners with the…
Directing for Theatre Level 7
This Directing for Theatre course kicks into action on Saturday 6th October 2018. The Certificate in Directing for Theatre is a practical course taught by Irish professional directors. It focuses on methods, tips and techniques,…
Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7)
The NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7) has been developed by a team of adult educators, HR and training professionals, and organisational psychologists. It focuses on delivering a high…
Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7) CORK
The NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education has been developed by a team of adult educators, HR and training professionals, and organisational psychologists. It focuses on delivering a high quality, relevant and widely recognised…

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