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A Frequently Asked Questions section can be found at the bottom of this page.
About This Course
Higher Diploma in Spanish for Teachers
2 years Part-Time
EU Fees 2021
See Fees and Costs for full details.
A2 level in Spanish (CEFR) See Requirements for full details.
January 17th 2021
Professional Accrediting Body
Irish Teaching Council
January 25th 2021
This innovative two year Higher Diploma (65 ECTS credits) takes participants from A2 Spanish language level competence to the required B2.2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
It ensures that participants complete all curricular subject requirements for the Teaching Council including language, literature, and study abroad and integrates collaborative and flexible learning models along with a commitment to deep reflective practice.
It is designed as a blended programme using technology-enhanced learning as its primary mode alongside 9x6 hour monthly Saturday workshops (January–May; September-December in both years public health guidelines permitting) as well as 2x1 month intensive study abroad programme in June or July of both years.
Using UCC’s virtual learning platform, CANVAS, it facilitates online and weekend delivery favouring a flipped classroom approach and the creation of a community of practice alongside multi-modal assessment including action research, reflective essays, e-portfolios, oral presentations, peer and self-assessment as well as critical engagement with ICT.
Course Details and Modules
Year 1 (30 credits) – January to December 2021
Year 2 (35 credits) – January to December 2022
Why Choose This Course
Are you interested in learning Spanish language to a level that equips you to be a teacher in the subject?
Are you interested in learning about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world including Spain, Latin America and the US?
Would you like training in digital tools that will help you to create content for your classes?
Then apply for our Higher Diploma and learn from our dynamic team of experts in language teaching, digital pedagogies and cultures and histories of Spain and Latin America.
Language Competency Requirements
Participants require an A2 level in Spanish according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Participants with that level may have spent time in a Spanish-speaking country or taken the subject to first year level at university or equivalent. Prior learning will be assessed before commencement.
Native speakers of Spanish who have full post-primary registration with the Teaching Council are eligible to apply if they do not meet the curricular requirements to register as a post-primary Spanish teacher.
Teachers with A1 level and an interest in the programme would be required to upskill prior to starting the course.
Teaching Council Requirements
In line with funding terms and conditions from the HEA, applicants must have a full Post-Primary (Route 2) registration with the Teaching Council at the time of application. Conditional registration on that route, or registration with other routes (i.e. further education, primary) cannot be acepted.
Fees and Costs
How Do I Apply
This application guide will guide you through the process of signing in and using our application portal. You can access the portal using the Apply Now button at the end of this page.
- Birth Certificate or Passport (jpg;pdf;png)
- Passport Photo (for student ID card) (jpg;jpef;png)
- Application Statement (Use this PDF template): Application Statement
- Evidence of A2 Level Competence in Spanish (pdf;jpg;png) (Use this PDF template if you do not have official documentation): Evidence of A2 Level (non-certified)
- Teaching Council Criteria Declaration (Use this PDF template): Teaching Council Criteria Declaration
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- Accepted Proof of Registration with the Teaching Council: Official document issued by the Teaching Council showing both the registration status (full) and the route (Post-primary).
Proof of Employment Status (pdf;jpg;png)
Accepted Proof of Employment Status: Unemployed (DSP slip or equivalent); Returners (commissioner of oath declaration); Employed (pay slip or P60); Formerly self-employed (letter/statement from revenue/accountant stating trading has ceased OR Commissioner of oath declaration stating trading has ceased); Recent graduates (transcript document)
Note that, for some of the sections on the portal, we have provided some PDF templates for applicants to download and fill in their details. This can be done with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this software, you can download it for free via this link.
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Higher Diploma in Spanish for Teachers FAQ
We welcome applicants who have acquired the language level through formal and informal channels. There is space on the application form to detail any experience you have of Spanish language learning, please provide as much detail as possible, particularly if you do not have any formal certificates. All applicants will be contacted by our team to complete a language level assessment in any case in advance of starting the course. If we deem your level not to be at the standard, we encourage you to reapply for the next course starting in January 2022, and to work on upskilling your language level in the meantime.
If you already have some experience where you reached the level of A2 or higher, it may not take you too long to brush up on your language skills. You have time between now and January. In any case, our language team will be in touch with every candidate in advance of starting the course to test your level. At that stage, we can let you know if your level is suitable to follow the course or if further upskilling is needed. If you do not have the A2 level required to undertake the programme at that time, we would encourage you to apply for the next cycle of this programme, which will start in January 2022. In the meantime, you could upskill in your language level. We offer an extensive range of online Spanish language courses https://uccsplaslang.ucc.ie/ in our department to prepare you for this. You are also encouraged to research face-to-face learning programmes near where you live.
If you do not currently have the A2 level required to undertake the programme, we would encourage you to apply for the next cycle of this programme, which will start in January 2022. In the meantime, you could upskill in your language level. We offer an extensive range of online Spanish language courses https://uccsplaslang.ucc.ie/ in our department to prepare you for this.
A bursary of €500 per teacher per year is available to aid the costs that will be incurred for this part of the course.
There will be support available from the Programme Team as well as our colleagues in our partner universities, Alcalá de Henares and Universidad de Cantabria, to help with queries regarding the practical elements of travelling to Spain.
This is a blended course, meaning there are online and in-person aspects to it. Students will have weekly online language classes as well as asynchronous delivery of cultural content. In addition to this, we will meet in person one Saturday every month (9 Saturdays in total per year) in UCC to consolidate learning on all aspects of the course. Each year, teachers will undertake a four-week immersive experience of intensive language courses based in our partner universities, either Universidad de Alcalá de Henares or Universidad de Cantabria. Assessment is largely project and portfolio-based to allow for flexibility, since we know many of the teachers taking it will have other professional and personal commitments. Any synchronous assessments will take place during the allocated Saturday sessions.
This programme is funded to facilitate candidates completing all 60 credits needed to fulfil curricular requirements to register as a post-primary Spanish teacher. As such, we can only consider applications from those in a position to complete the whole programme.
Native speakers will have the opportunity to undertake a research project in lieu of completing the immersive stay in Spain. You will also be assigned an alternative work programme in the language modules.
If you can prove to the Teaching Council that you already meet the immersion requirement then you would complete an alternative module instead of that one, and we would assign an alternative work programme for you in the language modules.
We are hoping that study abroad will be possible in the Summer of 2021 but will obviously monitor the situation carefully. The Teaching Council has not amended its immersion requirement for the moment, so it is still an essential part of fulfilling the curricular subject requirements to be allowed to teach.
No. This programme is developed for teachers who are registered with the Teaching Council, but who do not meet the curricular requirements to teach post-primary Spanish.
Yes, registered teachers who meet the requirements and who are either unemployed or in part-time employment will be given preference.
A requirement for this programme is that candidates are already registered with the Teaching Council when applying. In order to be registered with the Teaching Council, you must have this teaching qualification, so without it, you will not be eligible to apply for this course.
Registration for this programme is fully funded by the Higher Education Authority/ Department of Education and Skills.
No. As per the funding stipulation from the HEA, all applicants must have full post-post primary registration with the Teaching Council at the time of applying. Please consider applying for the cycle starting in 2022, if your status changes.
No. As per the funding stipulation from the HEA, at the time of applying, all applicants must have full post-post primary registration with the Teaching Council.
No. As per the funding stipulation from the HEA, all applicants must have full post-post primary registration with the Teaching Council.
This programme is funded to ensure teachers completing it will meet the full 60 credits required by the Teaching Council to register as a post-primary teacher of Spanish upon completion. Thus, priority will be given to those who need to meet the full curricular requirements.
Yes, this programme has confirmed funding from the HEA for two full cycles.