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Post Primary Teacher Education - Gaeilge and French or German or Spanish

Course Details

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4 Years
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Are you passionate about languages and learning? Do you want to play a part in the language development of the next generation? Then this course is for you.


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This course will prepare you to teach at post-primary level in two languages. You will take Gaeilge, along with a choice of either French, German or Spanish. 

Alongside developing your language abilities, the course also builds your skills in the areas of teamwork, leadership, communication and creativity. These are vital for a career in post primary teaching, but are also key to a variety of other professions. In this four-year course, you’ll benefit from studying in small class groups within the larger university community. 

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Careers & Further Options

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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.

  • Broadcast production
  • Consultancy
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Education
  • Government Departments
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Post Primary Education
  • Private Sector
  • Translating and Interpreting


DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.


Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

  • Applicants must present at least H3 in Gaeilge and H3 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 GCE A level B in Gaeilge and A Level B in the modern language to be studied (French, German or Spanish).


No Entry Path

No Entry Path

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.


Course Structure

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Foundational and Professional Studies in Education

We offer a student-friendly, supportive, open, dynamic and practical approach to exploring education and languages, resulting in an exciting, engaging, and challenging environment.

Teaching including School Placements

One of the most exciting and rewarding elements of the course is our hands-on approach to professional practice. 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 observation of practice, peer-teaching, team-teaching and professional practice in post-primary schools. School placement also enables you to learn about and involve yourself with the wider school community through engaging with activities, initiatives and work outside of classroom teaching.


There is a shortage of language teachers in the post-primary sector at present and graduates of this course will be highly sought after. The course will enable you to reach a high standard of competence in Gaeilge and your chosen language so that you will be a confident and effective language teacher. All students will undertake an internship in the Gaeltacht and the second half of Year 3 will be spent in a country where French, German or Spanish is spoken. As well as learning the languages to a high level, you will study a wide range of literature, drama, poetry, film and fiction. You will explore the teaching, learning and assessment of language learners, and how to teach students with different learning needs.

  • Academic Writing and Reading
  • Citizenship, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Assessing, Learning and Teaching
  • Communication Skills
  • Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology of Education
  • Microteaching
  • Reflective Practice
  • Teaching Preparation
  • History of Education


  • Advanced Teaching Strategies
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Designing Instructional Resources
  • Language Pedagogies
  • Digital Media and Language Learning
  • Policy & Structures
  • Professional Skills
  • Reflective Work-based Practice
  • Literature and Film


  • Curriculum development
  • Language Awareness
  • Prós na Gaeilge
  • Languages for Teaching Purposes
  • Mandatory Erasmus placement in a region where chosen languages (French/German/Spanish) is spoken


  • Developing a Capstone Research Project
  • Professional Preparation and Practice
  • Development of Advanced Oral Skills
  • Leadership
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Reflective Practice
  • Psychology


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
6,399 per annum
Non EU Fee.
15,400 per annum

How To Apply

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Apply through the Central Applications Office ( by 1st February or the 1st May

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.



If you are applying for mature entry to the Bachelor of Education in Gaeilge and French, German or Spanish, you must apply through the CAO ( by 1st February. 

For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here


Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at


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