Skip to main content

LC24-29SP Becoming and Developing as a Teacher Educator

LC24-29SP Becoming and Developing as a Teacher Educator

Becoming and Developing as a Teacher Educator

Are you interested in becoming a teacher educator?

The role of the teacher educator is an exciting and privileged one requiring a host of bespoke skills.

This is a two week programme designed for those interested in developing and working as teacher educators in the area of Continuing Professional Development. Practical and research-based guidance will root the work of the teacher educator in the principles of adult learning and more specifically in the professional learning needs of teachers and how they learn best. Consequently participants will explore the

·       Key skills of the teacher educator

·       Characteristics of quality CPD provision (design and facilitation)

·       Key strategies and optimal environments to enable teacher learning

·       Pedagogies for teacher learning with practical examples of activities

·       Hallmarks of effective presentation and facilitation

Workshops will allow  for dynamic discussion generated by  key  insights from experience and the research

This programme is  ideal for primary and post primary teachers who are:

·       considering creating content for teacher CPD

·       considering delivering CPD to teachers through their local Education Centre or in -house at school.

·       already involved in the above but would like to learn more.


Dr. Ciara O’ Donnell is the former National Directoof the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). She has held a number of senior leadership positions in Irish teacher education since 2005 spanning the domains of curriculum, DEIS, school leadership, and CPD policy, research and design. Ciara is now an independent consultant specialising in teacher education, curriculum and school leadership while also working as a part-time lecturer with Maynooth University. Her published research explores the experiences of teachers seconded to work as teacher educators, their professional learning, identities and career pathways. It can be read here

You can listen to Ciara speaking in these podcasts 

A History of CPD in Ireland, Where are we now, What next?

Leadership roles in education: Beyond traditional career trajectories

Dr. Ciara O’ Donnell

Education Consultant, Researcher and Professional Speaker

Twitter  @ciaraconsult


Recent Publications:

ODonnell, C.  (2023) ‘Teachers seconded to continuing teacher education: professional development and the paradoof reaching proficiency’, Irish Educational Studies  https://d<span< a=""> data-markjs="true">o</span<>


ODonnell, C. (2023) Teachers seconded as teacher educators: Transformations and tensions, BERA Blog Post, 7th September 2023 . 

Available at   


MacPhail, A., Seleznyov, S., O ‘Donnell, C. and Czerniawski, G. (2022) ‘Supporting the continuum of teacher education through policy and practice: the inter-relationships between initial, induction and continuing professional development’, in Bourke, T., Henderson, D. R. Spooner-Lane and S. White (eds.) Reconstructing the work of teacher educators : finding spaces in policy through agentic approaches. Singapore: Springer Velag. pp.135-154. 


Recent podcasts

A History of CPD in Ireland, Where are we now, What next?

Leadership roles in education: Beyond traditional trajectories

Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 16-04-2024 6:00 pm
Course End Date / Time 16-04-2024 8:00 pm
Fee Free
Number Hours 4
Location Athlone Education Support Centre

Sorry, the event is now full and we could not accept more registration

Location Map