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Basic Education

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Licenciatura em Educação Básica". Title of "Licenciado".

Level of qualification
1st Cycle of Studies. EQF level 6. ISCED 2011 level 6.

Admission requirements
Students may apply to this 1st cycle programme, through the general regime, if they obtain a minimum classification of 95 points (on a scale of 0 to 200) in the following national entrance examinations: Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences (17) and Portuguese (18); or Mathematics (16) and Portuguese (18); or Mathematics A (19) and Portuguese (18);
Application may also be possible, through special regimes, for:
. students inside the Portuguese educational system who want to re-enroll, change course of studies, or transfer education institution;
. holders of technological specialization courses;
. holders of professional technical courses;
. olders than 23 who have succeeded a special exam of assessment of capabilities to access the Higher Education System;
. holders of middle or high level courses;
. students coming from foreign higher education systems.
The access requirements for the 1st cycle of studies of Higher Education appear in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
6 Semesters (3 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester, full-time (40 per year). 40 total Hours per week. 1620 total Hours per year. 180 ECTS Credits (30 per semester); 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. Variable number of Contact (teaching) Hours, depending on the established schedule for each Course Unit. A period of on-the-job training with 13 ECTS Credits is included.
Holders of this diploma are entitled to apply to the career of high staff in central and local public administration, as well as in private enterprises and institutions or to undertake their own independent qualified activity.

Profile of the programme
The profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of teacher qualificativo. The main areas are: Specific Didactics, General Education, Teaching Area and Initiation to Professional Practice.

Key learning outcomes
The bachelor’s degree in Basic Education is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the acquired knowledge;
b) apply acquired knowledge and understanding capacity in order to clearly demonstrate a professional approach to the work carried out;
c) solve problems based upon their own arguments;
d) collate, select, and interpret relevant information which will enable them to consolidate the solutions they present and the opinions they put forward, including the analysis of relevant social, scientific and ethical aspects;
e) communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, both to experts and non-experts;
f) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from lifelong learning with a high degree of autonomy.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory and optional course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Basic Education belongs to the education and training area of Education and Teacher Training. Graduates are qualified to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme. However its main goal it is give access to a master degree in teacher education, according to the decrete law 79/2014.

Access to further studies
The bachelor’s degree in Basic Education allows to proceed to post-graduate studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement. This degree gives access to a master’s programmes, awarding a professional diploma for the Basic School Teaching, according to the Law-Decree no. 79/2014, May, 14h.

Graduation requirements
Graduation is obtained after completion of the total ECTS credits foreseen in the study plan.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the Attendance and Assessment Regulations of the School, available in www.ese.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study

Programme director
Maria Cristina do Espirito Santo Martins (
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Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
General EducationGE14.06.0
Introduction to Professional PracticeIPP16.00.0
Specific DidacticsSD16.00.0
Training in Teaching AreaTTA122.06.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Physical and Motor ExpressionTTA6.0
11 Semestral 
Introduction to LinguisticsTTA5.0
11 Semestral 
Research Methodology in EducationGE4.0
11 Semestral 
Option I-Espanhol---
11 Semestral 
Option I-Chinês---
11 Semestral 
Option I-AlemãoGE3.0
11 Semestral 
Option I-FrancêsGE3.0
11 Semestral 
Option I-InglêsGE3.0
11 Semestral 
Organization and Data ProcessingTTA6.0
11 Semestral 
Educational System and Curriculum OrganizationGE3.0
11 Semestral 
Information and Communication Technologies in EducationGE3.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
Musical ExpressionTTA6.0
12 Semestral 
Fundamentals of Physical and ChemistryTTA5.0
12 Semestral 
Introduction to Literary StudiesTTA5.0
12 Semestral 
Developmental Psychology and LearningGE4.0
12 Semestral 
Territory, Society and CultureTTA4.0
21 Semestral 
Ecology and Earth SciencesTTA4.0
21 Semestral 
Plastic ExpressionTTA6.0
21 Semestral 
Portuguese Phonetics, Phonology and MorphologyTTA5.0
21 Semestral 
History of PortugalTTA6.0
21 Semestral 
Numbers and OperationsTTA6.0
21 Semestral 
Option II-Dinâmica das Organizações SociaisGE3.0
21 Semestral 
Option II-Educação de AdultosGE3.0
21 Semestral 
Option II-Ética, Educação e CidadaniaGE3.0
21 Semestral 
Option II-Necessidades Educativas EspeciaisGE3.0
21 Semestral 
Option II-Recursos Educativos DigitaisGE3.0
22 Semestral 
Life SciencesTTA4.0
22 Semestral 
Dramatic ExpressionTTA6.0
22 Semestral 
22 Semestral 
Initiation of Professional Practice IIPP4.0
22 Semestral 
Child and Juvenile LiteratureTTA5.0
22 Semestral 
Portuguese Syntax, Semantics and PragmaticsTTA5.0
Initiation of Professional Practice IIIPP9.0
32 Semestral 
Education for Health PromotionTTA4.0
31 Semestral 
Physical and Motor and Artistic ExpressionsTTA6.0
31 Semestral 
Geography of PortugalTTA5.0
31 Semestral 
Quantities and MeasurementsTTA6.0
31 Semestral 
Portuguese LiteratureTTA5.0
32 Semestral 
Didactics of Mathematics in Basic EducationSD4.0
32 Semestral 
Didactics of Expressions in Basic EducationSD4.0
31 Semestral 
Didactics of Environmental and Social Studies in Basic EducationSD4.0
32 Semestral 
Didactics of the Portuguese in Basic EducationSD4.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Antropologia GeralTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Arte e PatrimónioTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Composição PlásticaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Crescimento e Desenvolvimento MotorTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Educação AmbientalTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Educação, Saúde e AmbienteTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-EtnomusicologiaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Literatura DramáticaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Matemática e ArteTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Matemática e TecnologiaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Oficina de EscritaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Teoria das Artes do EspetáculoTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option III-Traditional Literature and Culture---
32 Semestral 
Option III-Heritage Traditional Portuguese Music---
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Arte e PatrimónioTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Composição PlásticaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Crescimento e Desenvolvimento MotorTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Educação AmbientalTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Educação, Saúde e AmbienteTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-EtnomusicologiaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Literatura DramáticaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Matemática e ArteTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Matemática e TecnologiaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Oficina de EscritaTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Antropologia GeralTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Teoria das Artes do EspetáculoTTA3.0
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Traditional Literature and Culture---
32 Semestral 
Option IV-Heritage Traditional Portuguese Music---
32 Semestral 
Research Seminar in Introduction to Professional PracticeIPP3.0


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