24 May 2014|College News, Newsletters, Past Pupils

Diploma in Catholic Education

St Kieran’s College in joint initiative with Notre Dame and Maynooth


St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, is about to embark on a joint education initiative with the renowned American University of Notre Dame and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

To download the brochure and application form click on the links below

DCE Brochure

DCE Application Form

The country’s oldest secondary school with a strong tradition in learning has introduced a new Diploma in Catholic Education and will join forces with the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and St Patrick’s College to run the special programme for teachers.

The Diploma, which takes place in the magnificent setting of St Kieran’s College is a Level 8 Course, and it aims to equip and support both primary and post-primary school teachers in exploring and understanding the special ethos which underpins Catholic schools. By increasing awareness of the faith and how it should shape the role of the educator, this new course will enable participants to contribute more actively to the Catholic school ethos.

Welcoming the launch of the Diploma, Fr Dermot Ryan, President of St Kieran’s College said “We are fortunate to have so many great teachers in all our schools in Kilkenny and supporting them we are very excited about this innovation and we hope to inspire them towards a greater understanding of the history and theology on which Catholic education is founded. It is important that Catholic school teachers be aware of their particular role and responsibilities and so the course is designed to promote a deeper sense of spirituality and how that finds meaningful expression in the day-to-day school experience”.

While the course is intended for those who currently hold a teaching position, it is also suitable for mature students who want to pursue further study, for H.Dip students, or for those currently seeking a teaching position. It may also be of interest to anyone thinking of a role in management and who wishes to gain a better insight into the Catholic school ethos. 

Course Director Mr Ken Maher said “the Diploma in Catholic Education will provide a very practical resource for all teachers and will assist in their on-going vocational development. Critically, it will also ensure the ready supply of well-informed staff for the Catholic school sector”.

The Course comprises six modules and will run for one night per week over one academic year. Four of the modules will be conducted during a two-week residential summer school at the Parknasilla Resort and Spa in Kerry. Three retreats will be offered during the year together with a number of social events. Topics to be covered include Foundations of Catholic Education, Spirituality of the Catholic Teacher, Catholic School Teaching and Educational Leadership, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Theology, Learning From Jesus the Teacher, and Christian Discipleship.

Anyone interested in applying for the Diploma in Catholic Education Programme should contact the Course Director, Mr Ken Maher, at 056 7753628 or email dce@stkieranscollege.ie for an information brochure and application form. Closing date for applications is 31st July 2014.