In Summary - Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education
The Work - Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- 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.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- 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.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- 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.
Interests - Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
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.
Entry Requirements - Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education
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
Pay & Salary - Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 31k - 100k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education
There is no shortage of higher and further education teaching professionals. However, some employers have experienced difficulties in recruiting staff with sufficient expertise in specialised area.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education
Public Appointments Service
Irish Federation of University Teachers
TUI - Teachers Union of Ireland
Department of Education and Skills
Irish Vocational Education Association