Spanish for Teaching at Post-Primary Level
Are you a native or proficient speaker of Spanish? Have you completed or intend to complete a teacher-training programme? Do you want to become a Spanish teacher but don’t have sufficient Spanish Studies credits for Teaching Council accreditation? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, we may have the right programme for you!
The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers the following three programmes in Spanish Studies for prospective teachers who would like to complete the subject-specific credits required to submit themselves for accreditation with the Teaching Council of Ireland:
Postgraduate Diploma in Spanish for Teaching at Post-Primary Level (60 ECTS)
Postgraduate Certificate in Spanish for Teaching at Post-Primary Level (30 ECTS)
Professional Certificate in Spanish for Teaching at Post-Primary Level (20 ECTS)
Our suite of modules in Spanish for Teaching at Post-Primary Level allows you to choose from a range of options in Translation, Literature, Film, and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and put together your own programme to meet the requirements for Teaching Council accreditation. You’ll even be able to take all your classes on one day per week so you can meet your other professional and personal commitments at the same time! Past graduates of our equivalent programme in German Studies have been successfully accredited by the Teaching Council and continued their professional journeys as fully accredited post-primary teachers, including some who subsequently also completed their postgraduate teacher training (e.g. through the PME).
Prospective candidates may qualify for partial funding of this programme through the Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI). See here for further details
Our MA Spanish and Latin American Studies is characterised by its variety, reflecting the breadth of our colleagues’ research specialisations, as well as the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world itself. The modules offered cover areas that range from Translation to Intercultural Studies, and from the literature of the Spanish Civil War to the culture of Chicano communities in the United States. The programme will be of interest to those who already have a broad interest in Spanish and the places where it is spoken. At Maynooth, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through expertly-guided readings, small-group discussions, and practical application. On-campus sessions will take place throughout the day on Wednesdays, allowing you to combine your study with work and other commitments. You will also have the opportunity to focus on a particular area of your choice for the purpose of an MA dissertation, a piece of original research which you will carry out under the supervision of one of our Spanish and Latin American Studies specialists. Previous graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in areas such as journalism, teaching, and enterprise; others have used the programme as a basis for progressing to PhD research in Spanish and Latin American Studies. The programme can be completed in one or two years.
The MA Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict aims to provide students who already have a background in French, German or Spanish at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of literary analysis with particular emphasis on narratives on conflict in the cultures and societies of French-, German- and Spanish-speaking countries. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and theoretical approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative, reflective and presentation skills in order to foster interest and involvement in the field of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specific emphasis to narratives of conflict. It also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts of European languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to France, Germany, Austria, and/or Spain and Latin American countries.