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Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality and Human Development 2017-2018

The Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality and Human Development is a two-year part-time evening programme run by Marino Institute of Education.   The programme takes place on Tuesday evenings from 7.00–9.30pm with a 30 minute tea/coffee break, and there are six Saturday Workshops each year from 10.00am-4.00pm.   Each year students are introduced to fifteen modules which deal with key issues in human and spiritual development.  Teaching involves a combination of input from experienced lecturers: integration of course material is facilitated by journaling and group discussion. There is no end of year or final exams.  Throughout the course of the two years students are invited to submit short reflection papers.

Modules in Year One 2017-2018

A module is a short course of four or five hours. Two modules are covered each evening. Tuesday Evenings 19.00 - 21.30



19 Sept      Registration and Induction  
26 Sept (5 wks)What is Spirituality?                                Bernadette Purcell
Creative Spirituality                        Siobhan Larkin
7 Nov (5 wks)Spiritual Growth and Development Denis Robinson
Journaling as Reflective PracticeBill Mathews
9 Jan (5 wks)What’s Love Got to do with It?Denis Robinson
Introduction to the Old TestamentSean Goan
27 Feb (4 wks)Exploring PrayerBrian Grogan
Windows on Social SpiritualityPeter McVerry   
27 March (5 Wks)Christ and CultureJoe Egan
Towards a Spirituality of SufferingSeán Goan
Saturday Workshops 10.00am – 4.00pm
30 Sept    Celtic Spirituality (in Glendalough)Michael Rogers
21 Oct Meditation and ContemplationDonagh O’Shea
11 NovSpirit Moves through MoviesConall O’Cuinn
3 Feb                   Spiritual Challenges of Later LifeUna Agnew
10 MarIntergenerational HealingJim Cogley
5 MayEnd of Year Integration / EvaluationMary Gao

While this list of modules is correct at the time of printing changes may occur.

Who is the Programme For?

This programme will be of interest to those who wish to: 

  • Gain insights into self, human development and spirituality.
  • Address the meaning and purpose of life.
  • Develop a greater sense of awareness and reflectivity. 
  • Nurture a sense of wonder and appreciation for everyday lived experience.
  • Be stimulated and challenged by contemporary thinking in spirituality and human development.  
  • Engage with the stimulation and camaraderie of a group on a similar quest.

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The Programme Aims to:  

  • Provide students with a broad overview of some key contemporary human and spiritual issues.
  • Develop skills of reflection and discernment around lived experience.
  • Explore the Christian tradition and its application to contemporary issues.    
  • Provide a forum for discussion and debate in the class group setting.

Programme Requirements

The main course requirements are attendance, participation and reflection.  Integration of the course material is facilitated by group discussion and reflection.  Enrichment occurs from interacting and sharing with other members of the group. One of the most appealing aspects of the programme is the opportunity for mutual growth and development. 

Criteria for the Award of Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality and Human Development 

Attendance: A minimum of 70% attendance in each year is required.

Written Work: Seven short self-reflective scripts should be submitted each year.

Applications: Application to the programme is open to anyone regardless of formal educational background.  Applicants will be invited to an informal interview to discuss the programme and  their expectations.   Applications should be submitted to Mary Gao, Programme Coordinator.  Early application is advisable, the deadline for applications is 18th Sept 2017.

Cost: Fee per year: €850.  Fees are payable in two instalments: in September and February.

Public Transport and Parking: Marino Institute of Education can be accessed by car or bus.  The 123 bus, from outside Eason's in O'Connell Street, stops outside the front gates.  There are free parking facilities and a bicycle shed on the grounds.

Students' Comments:

"I would highly recommend this most eye-opening, challenging and positive course."

"A portal of knowledge, inspiration, anticipation and joy has been opened, and in its opening, been gifted to me."

I really loved the two years. The course has changed my life in so many ways. I now stop, look and listen and ponder-on day to day issues within my life."

I am left with a profound gratitude for the learning, for the widening and expansion in my thinking about spirituality in the Christian tradition, for access to the unknowable, to mystery, and the pathways of mystics, poets and artists."

"Enlightening… brilliant… enriching… life changing."


Mary Gao  

Mary Gao (Programme Coordinator  Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality and Human Development)

 Tel:    087 450 8549 

Email: mary.gao@mie.ie  

Or Admissions Office Tel:   

01 805 7752

Email:    admissions@mie.ie