Course Description

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 working in a guidance capacity with adult learners, unemployed and disadvantaged adults and those exploring career options. It will introduce people to models of labour market educational guidance and will begin to explore the theoretical principles which underpin good guidance.

The course will begin to:

  • Familiarise participants with theories and approaches to adult guidance and counselling;
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to develop increased self awareness;
  • Develop participants’ applied skills in adult guidance;
  • Provide a forum for practitioners to explore models of good practice;
  • Explore the relationship between unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.

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CollegeMaynooth University
Course LocationMaynooth, Kildare
Course CategoryAdult and Community Education, Educational & Teacher Training
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationAward / Certificate
Awarding BodyNational University of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsCertificate in Adult Guidance, Theory and Practice.
Course Start Date7th October 2022
Course End Date14th April 2023
Course DurationPart-time over the academic year.
Course TimeFridays On Campus 9.00-5.00 pm: Saturdays Online 9.30-4.30. COVID 19: Given the current situation with the Covid 19 Pandemic we hope to be able to run the courses as closely as possible to the way we have always run them. This being the case we are looking at the university guidelines for face to face classrooms and this means having small classes in large class rooms in order for us to observe physical distancing rules. However, we will need to be flexible in our approach and therefore we are also preparing for Blended delivery of courses. This will mean that depending on the advice from the government regarding tightening or loosening the control measures of lockdown we might have to switch to online classes at short notice. We will do our utmost to give you the best learning experience that circumstances allow and hope to be able to continue with our preferred blended teaching approach for as long as possible and it is safe to do so.
Course Fee€2,500
Entry RequirementsContact: Maggie Noone
Carear PathThis is a foundation level course for access to the Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance and Counseling)
Phone(01) 708 3752
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Maynooth University

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

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