Teacher Education

Teacher Education

Certificate in Holocaust Education

Certificate in Holocaust Education is awarded by Trinity College Dublin














Continuous Professional Development for teachers, educators, clergy and community workers

A programme comprising 4 modules with a Special Purpose award at NFQ level 7 carrying 20 ECTS.

These modules can also be taken independently of the Certificate in Holocaust Education.

A Certificate in Holocaust Education providing in-depth tuition on the historical significance and contemporary resonance of the Holocaust. The programme provides participants with information, tools and skills to address this subject in their areas of work, and to develop pedagogic expertise to complement their knowledge. The programme is divided into four modules, all of which must be completed by participants who wish to attain the certificate.

Course Duration: 1 Year part-time, August 2017 – September 2018

  1. Teaching the Holocaust (Dublin): 14, 15 & 16 August 2017: Intensive 3 day summer programme for teachers that addresses the complex subject of the Holocaust and how to teach it in the classroom. This programme includes lectures, interactive seminars, workshops, material and resources presented by renowned international Holocaust educators.
  2. Learning from the Holocaust (Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau): 31 October – 3 November 2017: 4 day study visit to Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau. In Poland, seminars, tours and lectures are incorporated into the schedule. The programme is supported by 2 separate seminar days, one in preparation for the study visit and one on reflection afterwards.
  3. Irish Seminar at Yad Vashem International School (Jerusalem) June/July 2018: 8 day programme for teachers at Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies. The course is specially tailored for Irish teachers providing an in-depth exposure to the many facets of the Holocaust. The programme is supported by 2 separate seminar days, one in preparation for the study visit and one on reflection afterwards.
  4. Dissertation or special project: There are four assignments to be completed on this programme: two essays (2,000 words each), one field diary and one dissertation (5,000 words) or special project.

Who is eligible?

This Certificate in Holocaust Education is specifically designed for teachers who are working in schools. There is also scope for others to participate in the programme such as clergy, gardaí, museum and media educators, intercultural community workers, teacher-training instructors and teacher graduates.


This programme is awarded by The Herzog Centre, Trinity College Dublin.


This certificate in Holocaust Education is administered by HETI in partnership with The Herzog centre, Trinity College Dublin.


The fee for undertaking the Certificate is €1,995 for registered teachers and includes all tuition, travel, hotel accommodation (per person sharing) and university registration. For applicants who do not qualify for sponsorship, the fee is €2,995.

How to apply:

Applications should be made through HETI and applicants will be assessed by both Trinity College Dublin and HETI under the following criteria.

  • Pedagogical approach to teaching the Holocaust
  • Knowledge of the Holocaust – participants should be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment and interest in the subject
  • Innovative teaching approaches that could be brought to the field of Holocaust education
  • Specialist skills to develop interdisciplinary learning

One signed hard copy and one electronic copy should be forwarded to the HETI office by Thursday, 30 June 2016.

Please note this programme may qualify for the Teacher Fee Refund Scheme.

For further information, please contact the HETI office:


I am a secondary school teacher of English and History and overall, I found this course to be enlightening and inspiring on so many levels. Indeed, I can honestly say that it is the best continual professional development course I have embarked upon since I left college in 1999.

I have no hesitation in recommending this course. In fact, I have done so quite repeatedly since I completed this course in 2014/2015.   The personnel involved in all aspects of the course are truly outstanding and I do not think that there can be any doubts as to its merit. Irish teachers need to do this course so that Irish students are never allowed to forget the Holocaust.


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