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Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education

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Teaches academic or vocational subjects to students in a further education setting.

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Further education (FE) lecturers teach one or more related academic or vocational subjects. The students are of mixed abilities and may be studying full-time or part-time. Duties include:

  • planning and designing courses
  • preparing lectures and demonstrations
  • assessing and reporting on the progress of each student
  • setting and marking tests or similar exercises

Lecturers may also be involved in organising work experience for their students. Lecturers may also use audio-visual materials and computers to stimulate interest and learning, and to produce course materials.

Further education is education and training that usually occurs outside of or after post-primary school, but which is not part of the third-level system.

Further Education Teachers may work in PLC Colleges, Further Education Institutes, FÁS/SOLAS. They may work with in the areas of VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme), Youthreach, BTEI (Back to Education initiative), Adult Literacyor Community Education.

Their students may be from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups. Further Education teachers are therefore required to apply a range of approaches to the teaching and learning of their subject areas and to the assessment of different learner groups.

Their work may include the design of programmes, courses or modules appropriate for the particular learners, including teaching techniques, assessment and evaluation, in accordance with the requirements of the relevant awarding body.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.


Supervise students' fieldwork, internship, and research work.


Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.


Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as children's literature, learning and development, and reading instruction.


Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.


Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.


Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.


Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.


Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.


Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Sociology and Anthropology: Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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As a lecturer, you will need to be self-motivated and able to motivate others. You will also need good communication skills, and organisational and time management abilities to cope with teaching commitments and administrative tasks.

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A formal teaching qualification was not traditionally required for teaching in this sector, but from 1 April 2013 onwards, the following entry requirements apply:

A primary degree or equivalent (not less than level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits, AND a teacher education qualification approved by the Council for post-primary teaching (First Year to Sixth Year) or an accredited further education teacher education qualification,


An ordinary degree or equivalent (not less than level 7 on the NFQ) carrying at least 180 ECTS credits, PLUS i) an appropriate additional qualification, or

ii) certified accreditation of prior learning based on a minimum of three years’ experience in a workplace or instructional setting which is relevant to the candidate’s qualifications such as may be recognised by The Teaching Council as suitable for the purpose of registration as a teacher under this regulation which meets such requirements as the Teaching Council may publish from time to time,


 iii) a teacher education qualification approved by the Council for post-primary teaching (First Year to Sixth Year) or an accredited further education teacher education qualification.

Teacher training programmes specific to this sector:

There are ten courses accredited by the Teaching Council aimed at teachers within the FET sector.

The following Further education teacher qualifications are accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland:

  • Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education), Adult Training and Education Studies, NUIG – NFQ Level 8
  • Graduate Diploma in Adult & Further Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick – NFQ Level 9
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Learning and Teaching, National College of Ireland, Dublin – NFQ Level 9
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Teaching in Further Education & Adult Education, Waterford Institute of Technology – NFQ Level 8
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Further Education, Waterford Institute of Technology – NFQ Level 9
  • Higher Diploma in Further Education (HDFE), NUI Maynooth – NFQ Level 8
  • Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education), Marino Institute of Education – NFQ Level 8
  • BSc in Education and Training (Further, Adult and Continuing Education), Dublin City University – NFQ Level 8
  • Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education), Mary Immaculate College – NFQ Level 8
  • MA in Socially Engaged Art (Further, Adult and Community Education), National College of Art and Design – NFQ Level 9

 A list of providers of ITE for the sector is available here.

Last Updated: December, 2016

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
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Organisation: Irish Federation of University Teachers
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Organisation: TUI - Teachers Union of Ireland
Address: 73 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
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Organisation: Department of Education and Skills
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Organisation: Irish Vocational Education Association
Address: McCann House, 99 Marlborough Rd, Dublin 4
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