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Teaching English in The First Cycle of Basic Education

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Mestrado em Ensino do Inglês no 1.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico". Title of "Mestre".

Level of qualification
2nd Cycle of Studies. EQF level 7. ISCED 2011 level 7.

Admission requirements
The holders of the licenciado degree or legal equivalent, the holders of a foreign academic degree and the holders of a relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae may apply to the 2nd cycle of studies, as stated 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. Candidates must also fulfil the requirements mentioned in the Decree-Law 176/2014, December 12th (first amendment to Decree-Law 79/2014), as this master’s programme awards a professional diploma for teaching in the Basic School.

Recognition of prior learning

Qualification requirements and regulations
90 ECTS Credits (30 per semester). 3 Semesters (1.5 years). 40 Weeks of study per year (20 weeks per semester). 1620 total Hours of study per year; 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. A variable number of Contact (teaching) Hours, depending on the established schedule for each Course Unit. It includes a scientific dissertation, a project work or a professional traineeship which will be concluded with a final report comprising 32 credits.
Holders of this diploma are entitled professionals and can apply to a post in Basic School teaching, to teach English according to the Decree-Law 176/2014, December 12th (first amendment to Decree-Law 79/2014).

Profile of the programme
The main areas are: Supervised Teaching Practice, Specific Didactics, General Education and Teaching Area.

Key learning outcomes
The degree of "mestre" (master) in Teaching Musical Education in the Basic School is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the knowledge obtained in the first cycle, in order to develop and apply that knowledge to original situations often in the context of research;
b) apply their knowledge and understanding and problem solving capacities to new and unfamiliar situations in wide multidisciplinary situations, although related to their area of studies;
c) integrate knowledge, deal with complex matters, develop solutions or put forward opinions on situations of limited or incomplete information, including reflecting upon the implications and ethical and social responsibilities that result from both those solutions and opinions or indeed that condition them;
d) communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and reasoning that underlie them, both to experts and non-experts, clearly and unambiguously;
e) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from self-oriented or autonomous lifelong learning.

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

Occupational profiles of graduates

Access to further studies
he degree of "mestre" allows to proceed to 3rd cycle 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.

Graduation requirements

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
Elisabete do Rosario Mendes Silva (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
General EducationGE8.04.0
Specific DidacticsSD23.00.0
Supervised Teaching PracticeSTP32.00.0
Teaching Area.TA23.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
English-speaking CulturesTA7.0
11 Semestral 
Inclusion and Special Educational NeedsGE4.0
12 Semestral 
Written English - reading and writingTA5.0
11 Semestral 
Spoken English - speaking and listeningTA5.0
11 Semestral 
Children's Literature of English ExpressionTA6.0
11 Semestral 
-Desenvolvimento da Linguagem
12 Semestral 
Design and Production of Didactic Materials for English in 1st CycleSD9.0
11 Semestral 
Professional Development and Research in EducationGE4.0
12 Semestral 
Didactics of English for Children 1SD10.0
12 Semestral 
Supervised Teaching PracticeSTP6.0
21 Semestral 
Didactics of English for Children 2SD4.0
21 Semestral 
Supervised Teaching PracticeSTP20.0
21 Semestral 
Follow-up Seminar of Final ReportSTP6.0


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