Post-graduate Higher Diploma in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

Course overview

This part-time postgraduate course is primarily designed to expose participants to the skills necessary to equip them to organise and run an EFL School or to undertake the role of Director of Studies in such a school. Successful course participants are awarded a postgraduate Higher Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Successful completion of this course, enables graduates to proceed to the MA programme in TEFL.

Key facts

Entry requirements

A primary degree and a recognised Certificate in TEFL

Additional requirements


Duration: 1 year, part-time

Next start date: mid October 2013. Please contact the programme co-ordinator for details of commencement dates in subsequent academic years

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: 20

Closing date: 16th September, 2013

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

Classes are in the form of lectures, discussions, microteaching and a minimum of 40 hours supervised teaching practice. Teaching practice is arranged by, and takes place in, NUI Galway during the course. Each student must design a portfolio of relevant material to be submitted at the end of the course. Classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from October to May from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


The course covers Marketing and Management in English Language Teaching, Advanced Language Analysis, Second Language, Testing and Test Construction, Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching, Syllabus Design, Literature in English Language Teaching, Socio Linguistics, Pragmatics, Microteaching, Portfolio Preparation, Teaching Practice, Modern Developments in English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Overseas.

Applications and selections

The following information must be sent to the Course Co-ordinator, Dr. Marie Morrissey, by 16th September, 2013:

  • A covering letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A copy of the transcript of the primary degree taken and the results obtained
  • A copy of the transcript of the TEFL results obtained
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Two passport photographs (signed)

Requirements and assessment

Assessment includes written assignments, student performance in teaching practice, the teaching portfolio and student performance in the course examination, which is held at the end of the course.

Find out more

Dr. Marie Morrissey

Adult Training and Education Studies

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway

Nuns' Island, Galway

T: 353-91493898

Fees for this course

Past student

Colin McCracken

Post-graduate Diploma in TEFL

"Upon completion of the excellent TEFL Certificate course in NUI Galway I was eager to return and enrol in the subsequent Higher Diploma in TEFL. Expectations were high and I have not been disappointed. A superb teaching standard and consistent guidance allowed also for the challenges of this intensive course to be met with enthusiasm and vigour. Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to progress and advance their career in English Language Teaching."