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Pre-school Education and Primary School Teaching

Course Presentation

The goals of this Master are to train competent and autonomous education professionals, for the exercise of pre-school education and primary school teaching, whose professional intervention is consistent with the exercise of a conscious and active citizenship; Ensure training procedures leading to the integration of knowledge and skills necessary for an intentional educational intervention on PSE and Primary school; Provide a solid background in scientific, social, cultural and ethical areas, regarding dimensions considered relevant to the overall harmonious development of the child and for the construction of meaningful basic knowledge; Develop an investigative and reflective approach, based on actual situations of educational practice, and making use of sustained research and references in current theoretical answers; Form for the respect and appreciation of diversity and heterogeneity and children’s needs, in support and liaison with families and other members of the educational community.

Profile of the Programme and Level of Qualification

2 (two) years, 4 (four) semesters, 38 weeks of full-time study per academic year, 120 ECTS.

University Higher Education – Masters Level 7 (National Framework of Qualifications, Decree-Law 782/2009, published in Diário da República, 1ª Série, nº 141, July 23th.

Key Learning Outcomes

- Demonstrate an integrated set of skills that enable the autonomous realization of the teaching functions in the two levels of education.
- Acquire knowledge about children’s development and learning so that, in the educational interaction, teachers understand each child and provide the necessary autonomy to promote their development and learning.
- Develop planning and evaluation skills to enable continuous monitoring of pedagogical intervention and foster meaningful learning of children.
- Mobilize knowledge in the approach to situations related to the programs and guidelines of primary and pre-school education, and the learning goals of the two levels of education.
- Develop skills enabling the transition between levels of education (PSE-Primary, Primary-Secondary) and linkage between curriculum areas, taking ownership of knowledge and strategies that allow their implementation in educational practice and promoting effective participation of educational community.