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Pre-school and Primary School Teacher Education

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Mestrado em Educação Pré-Escolar e Ensino do 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 79/2014, May 14th, as this master’s programme awards a professional diploma for teaching in Pre-School and Basic School.

Recognition of prior learning

Qualification requirements and regulations
120 ECTS Credits (30 per semester). 4 Semesters (2 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 50 credits.
Holders of this diploma are entitled professionals and can apply to a post both in Pre-School and Basic School teaching, according to the Decree-Law 49/2014, May 14h.

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 Pre-school and Primary School Teacher Education 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
The 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
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
Ilda Purificacao Freire Ribeiro (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 Educational AreaGEA8.04.0
Specific DidacticsSD36.00.0
Supervised Teaching PracticeSTP50.00.0
Teaching AreaTA18.04.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Professional Development and Research in EducationGEA4.0
11 Semestral 
Space and SocietyTA4.0
11 Semestral 
Inclusion and Special Educational NeedsGEA4.0
11 Semestral 
Literature for ChildhoodTA5.0
11 Semestral 
Option 1-Arts in Education---
11 Semestral 
Option 1-Dramatic Expression---
11 Semestral 
Math TopicsTA5.0
12 Semestral 
Didactics of Mathematics in the 1st Cycle of Basic EducationSD5.0
12 Semestral 
Didactic of Expressions in the 1st Cycle of Basic EducationSD4.0
12 Semestral 
Didactics of Environmental and Social Studies in the 1st Cycle of Basic EducationSD6.0
12 Semestral 
Didactics of Portuguese in the 1st Cycle of Basic EducationSD5.0
12 Semestral 
Integrated Teaching in Early Childhood EducationSD6.0
12 Semestral 
Education Methodology in NurserySD4.0
Supervised Teaching PracticeSTP42.0
Follow-up Seminar of Final ReportSTP8.0
21 Semestral 
Education Methodology in PreschoolSD6.0
21 Semestral 
Option 2-Education and Diversity---
21 Semestral 
Option 2-Psychology of Educational Relationship---
21 Semestral 
Option 2-Ethics in Education---
21 Semestral 
Option 2-Theory and Curriculum Development---


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