German for Teaching at Post Primary Level

The programme is particularly suitable for holders of a BA and HDip/PME who already teach in the post-primary system and want to add German as an additional subject to their skillset; it will also be of interest to international candidates (including native speakers of German), who have completed their teacher education, have had it approved by the Teaching Council, but require up to 30 ECTS credits in German to register as teachers of the language.

This programme has been specifically tailored to meeting the Teaching Council of Ireland’s 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 this way, it aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts in German language and literature, culture and society, including their didactic and methodological application.

Prospective candidates may qualify for partial funding of this programme through the Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI). See here for further details.

IMPORTANT: This programme does not involve professional accreditation. It allows applicants to register for up to 30 ECTS from a range of German-specific credits. Applicants can choose from these modules to put together a programme that complements their existing qualifications and thus allows them to meet the 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.

Subjects taught

Applicants can choose up to 30 ECTS from the following modules:

Module code Module title Semester 1,2, or full year New or existing module Compulsory or optional module. Credit weight

GN611 Translation: German to English 1 Existing Optional 5

GN616A New Trends in German Literature 1 Existing Optional 10

GN319A Deutschsprachiger Film der Gegenwart 1 Existing Optional 5

GN618A Introduction to German Linguistics 1 Existing Optional 10

GN612A Introduction to Intercultural Studies 1 Existing Optional 5

GN621A Translation: English to German 2 Existing Optional 5

GN321B Engaging with German-Language Culture 3B 2 Existing Optional 5

GN622A Methodologies for Teaching German as a Foreign Language 2 Existing Optional 10

GN627 Narratives of Conflict in German Culture 2 Existing Optional 5 Year

Total of credits for the year 60

NB: Prospective candidates who are undertaking the programme in order to meet the Teaching Council requirements for German are strongly advised to consult with the Teaching Council regarding the number and type of credits that they must complete.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Under normal circumstances, applicants should have a BA involving German Studies or a cognate discipline (e.g. Lehramt, linguistics, literary/cultural studies) with at least a 2.1 degree, or equivalent. Applicants whose previous history of education does not fit this profile are invited to contact the Programme Director to enquire about their eligibility to apply for the programme.

Minimum CEFR Proficiency level of B2.2 in German and C1.1 in English.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

he Postgraduate Certificate in German for Teaching as Post-Primary Level aims to provide domestic and international candidates with an opportunity to complete the subject-specific credits they require in order to be able to submit themselves for accreditation through the Teaching Council of Ireland.


1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in German for Teaching at Post-Primary Level is intended for candidates who already possess at least 30 ECTS of subject-specific credits in German and a Professional Masters of Education (PME) or equivalent (e.g. Lehramt) – or those who intend on pursuing a PME upon completion of this Postgraduate Certificate – with the end goal of becoming fully accredited post-primary teachers of German in Ireland.

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