Certificate in Global Citizenship Education

'Global Citizenship Education - Making Connections for a Better World'

This 20 credit (ECTS) part-time programme is offered by the Maynooth University Department of International Development with the Departments of EducationAdult and Community Education, Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Applied Social Sciences at Maynooth.


This postgraduate level programme offers a specialised learning experience in global citizenship education (GCE) for practitioners. It is designed for educators and others working with communities and young people in different contexts (from early childhood to youth work settings, in adult and community education, in community work spaces and within schools). These include teachers in primary and secondary schools as well as community workers, adult educators, youth workers and educators, GCE facilitators and those working with NGOs, development agencies and other civil society organisations.
It is a one-year, part-time, 20 ECTS postgraduate programme. It is specifically for those who are involved in or interested in global citizenship, development and human rights education, in anti-racism and intercultural education, as well as in education for sustainable development. Participants will complete one compulsory module in Contemporary Global Development Challenges, Issues and Responses and will select two elective modules from a range of specialist options.

This certificate will support participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in this area. As such, participants will learn more about contemporary global development challenges (and what can be done about them), about what’s involved in global citizenship, and about how to engage learners in making local-global connections in relation to the challenging issues of our time.

The programme is designed to support the realisation of, and critical engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 4.7 -  “by 2030 ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.

The Certificate in Global Citizenship Education

  • Will support understanding, skills and practice-related aspects of GCE critical pedagogy, educational leadership, policy and action.
  • Involves one compulsory 10 ECTS module on contemporary global development challenges, issues and responses.
  • Allows participants to choose the other 10 credits from a selection of 5 ECTS modules delivered by the different departments involved, each of which is designed to address different theory and practical dimensions of practising GCE with learners.

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