The four-year Post Primary Teacher Education – Gaeilge and French or German or Spanish degree is a ‘concurrent’ teacher education course – meaning that the academic and professional formation of the teacher is integrated into all four years. It will fully qualify you to teach second-level Gaeilge and another language on completion of the course. You’ll gain valuable and extensive experience, including peer-teaching, team-teaching and school-based placement.
Currently, there is a shortage of language teachers in the post-primary schools so graduates of this course will be highly sought after. The unique approach taken in this course will enable you to reach a high level of ability in Gaeilge and your chosen language enabling you to be a confident and effective language teacher.
One of the most exciting and rewarding elements of the course is our hands-on approach to School Placement. Over the four years of the course students have an opportunity to gain valuable and extensive experience within a range of teaching and learning environments including engagement in observation of practice, micro-teaching, peer-teaching, team-teaching and school-based placement (in both primary and post-primary sectors). Students are supported throughout their professional development by experienced School Placement tutors and school-based cooperating teachers. School placement also enables students to learn about and involve themselves with the wider school community through engaging with activities, initiatives and work outside of their classroom teaching.
Over the course of the four years, students will develop their professional knowledge and practice in how to teach languages. They will also have opportunities to achieve a high level of language proficiency not just through the course itself but through Gaeltacht internships and an Erasmus placement where they will study at a university abroad for the second half of year three.
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We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.
A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25-metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already, we have opened our exciting new €14m Student Centre that is home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.
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Your degree will be recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland, allowing you to register as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and apply immediately for employment in second-level schools as a post primary teacher of Gaeilge and French, German or Spanish.
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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: a minimum of GCE A level B in Gaeilge and A Level B in the modern language to be studied (French, German or Spanish).
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:
A minimum of six Leaving Certificate subjects at Grade 06/H7, to include the subjects English AND Irish AND the subject Mathematics. In addition, applicants must present at least two subjects at grade H5. The standard entry procedures for mature, access and international applicants and for applicants with disabilities apply.
Specific course requirements
- Applicants must present at least H3 in Gaeilge and H3 in the modern language to be studied (French, German or Spanish).
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.