Diploma in Adult Education, Training and Development

Diploma in Adult Education, Training and Development

Course information

Course title Diploma in Adult Education, Training and Development
Course code UDETDPTE
Postnominal Dip.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 2 Years
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Carmel P. Borg
Delivered by Faculty of Education
The objective of this course is to build a cohort of educators who are formally trained and officially recognised as professional, adult educators and trainers.

The course provides potential and actual adult educators and trainers with a formal qualification and with the skills, attitudes and knowledge relevant to 21st century adult education and training contexts.

In this way, this qualification will support formal recognition of adult education within the local context.
This qualification will also address the challenge faced by many practitioners (and their employers) who have high expertise in a discipline or field and train other adults as part of their job, yet have limited or no formal training as educators, and as adult educators in particular.

The course is a two-year (four-semester) programme of studies delivered during the evening.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants admitted as “Adult Learners” under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and experience that would satisfy the Board, through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for the Course, together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae. Applicants admitted in terms of this paragraph shall be in possession of a pass in an English language proficiency test as approved by the University before being admitted to the Course, provided that applicants in possession of a Secondary Education Certificate pass at Grade 3 or higher in English Language or a pass at the same standard in a comparable qualification, shall be exempt from this requirement.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 1,800
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 8,500
Yr 1: Eur 4,250 - Yr 2: Eur 4,250
By the end of the Diploma in Adult Education, Training and Development programme, the students will be able to:

a) Subject Knowledge and Understanding
- Discuss principles underpinning adult education, training and development;
- Recognize cultural, social and learning differences and issues affecting adult learners and/or adult educators/trainers (including later-life and inter-generational learning);
- Review curriculum design, development and evaluation;
- Discuss adult pedagogy and assessment in adult education, training and development (including application to specific areas such as literacy, vocational education and community development);
- Discuss considerations and requirements related to carrying out research in educational settings;
- Review relevant policy;
- Discuss models, approaches and related evaluations concerning marketing adult education, training and development initiatives; and
- Review encounters with professionals in the fields of adult Education, training and development.

b) Intellectual Development
Higher Order Intellectual Development (HOID) including problem-posing, critical inquiry, creative thinking, statistical analysis, qualitative data analysis, context-analysis, needs-based analysis, integrated approach to learning.

In general, the above will help participants acquire a deep understanding of the issues that inform and impact adult education, training and development and will help participants familiarize themselves with curricular frameworks, policy documents and multiple learning contexts that inform practice in the aforementioned fields. Such content will provide the backdrop for the acquisition of the skills listed below.

c) Key transferable skills
- Produce curricula, learning outcomes and related activities relevant to adult education, training and development;
- Design on-line learning activities;
- Practice relevant assessment;
- Practice teaching and/or training adults in different settings, including vocational, professional and community;
- Analyze and interpret exiting data and research in adult education, training and development;
- Produce basic research designs;
- Write academic research papers.
• Educators who are currently practising in any educational setting including lifelong learning institutions;
• Foreign language educators;
• Trainers, mentors, coaches, instructors;
• Educators practising in the arts and creative disciplines;
• Investors operating in privatised education and training;
• Human resource personnel;
• Community-based individuals involved in non-formal and informal educational settings such as parish leaders, youth and community workers, activists, volunteers, broadcasters and journalists.
This course will place the participant in a much better position for employability in the sectors of adult education, professional training and continuous professional development.

Successful completion of the diploma course will also allow students to further their studies through the planned Bachelor in the area.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 16 November 2020

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.