Guidance services in the educational sector are based in post-primary schools, higher and further education colleges and through adult and second chance education programmes.
To work in guidance in different educational settings, qualifications vary according to the requirements of the role and the employee.
- to be a Qualified Teacher (Degree level + Teaching Qualification)
- to be registered with the Teaching Council
- to have a DES recognised Guidance Counselling qualification
Further Education and Training
QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE IN GUIDANCE
The Department of Education and Skills recognises graduates from initial education programmes in guidance counselling for working in educational institutions under the remit of the Department. This includes schools and Further Education (FE) settings, such as PLC colleges and the Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS).
The Department has published criteria and guidelines for initial education programme providers - the Programme Recognition Framework (PRF): Guidance Counselling (DES, 2016).
The PRF requirements will take effect from September, 2019. University Providers offering initial education programmes in guidance counselling who wish for their graduates to be recognised for working in schools and Further Education settings will need to meet the requirements set out in the PRF.
At present the following programmes have DES recognition for working in schools, however prospective students will need to check with each university directly concerning recognition in relation to programmes commencing in September, 2019 as at present the Teaching Council is engaging with the current providers in relation to reviewing their programmes with respect to the PRF requirements.
MSc in Guidance and Counselling - Dublin City University - 2 year part time
Post Graduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling - Maynooth University - 1 year part time
MA Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development - University of Limerick - 2 year part time
Masters in Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) - University College Cork - 2 year part time (note - no student intake in September 2018)
Continuing Professional Development
Master of Education (School Guidance Counselling) - Maynooth University - 1 year full time
FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Higher Diploma in Arts: Adult Guidance & Counselling - Maynooth University - 2 year part time
MEd in Adult Guidance & Counselling - Maynooth University - 1 year
NUI Certificate in Adult Guidance, Theory and Practice - Maynooth University (Level 8 - NQF)
NCGE convenes a committee of Directors of Studies in Guidance Counselling which meets to explore the provision of initial and in-service training available for guidance counsellors.