The Postgraduate Diploma in German for Teaching at Post-Primary Level is the first programme of its kind in Ireland and is intended for candidates who already possess a Professional Masters of Education (PME), or equivalent (e.g. Lehramt), or those who intend on pursuing a PME upon completion of this postgraduate diploma.
The programme aims to provide domestic and international candidates with an opportunity to engage in an accelerated programme of studies. It has been designed in consultation with the Teaching Council of Ireland and specifically tailored to meeting its requirements for registration as an accredited German teacher at post-primary level. The programme follows a three-pronged approach by offering intensive studies in the areas of German language skills; literary, cultural and film studies of the German-speaking world; and German linguistics and language pedagogy. In doing so, students knowledge and understanding of important concepts in German language and literature (including their didactic and methodological application), culture and society will be enhanced. The Postgraduate Diploma programme may also serve as an entry route to the MLitt / PhD programmes in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies, and German Studies.
IMPORTANT: This programme does not involve professional accreditation. It provides its graduates with the requisite 60 ECTS credits configured to meeting current Teaching Council requirements for German. In order to be accredited by the Teaching Council, all graduates of this programme must hold a PME or equivalent (e.g. Lehramt), and will be required to submit themselves for individual evaluation by the Teaching Council of Ireland.
BA involving German Studies or a cognate discipline (e.g. Lehramt, linguistics, literary cultural studies) with at least a II.1 degree, or equivalent. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum CEFR Proficiency level of B2.2 in German and C1.1 in English.
Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants.
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
This programme has been developed in consultation with the Teaching Council of Ireland, so all modules below are compulsory and amount to the requisite 60 ECTS credits, including more than 15 credits of literature, culture and film studies.
Online application only www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.