1st Year - Curriculum Units

Semester 1
Linguistics and Portuguese Literature
General Mathematics - Numbers and Arithmetic Operations
Study of Social and Cultural Context
Drawing and Visual Expressions
Psychology of Development and Learning
Initiation to Professional Practice I
One Optional

Semester 2
Portuguese Phonology and Morphology
General Mathematics - Dimensions and Measures
History and Geography of Portugal
Musical Expression
Plastic Expression
Initiation to Professional Practice II
One Optional

2nd Year - Curricular Units

Semester 3
Syntax and Semantics of Portuguese
Mathematics and Applications
Physical and Natural Sciences
Physical-motor Expressions
Curriculum Development and Management
Initiation to Professional Practice III
One Optional

Semester 4
Initiation to Reading and Writing
Mathematical Problem Situations
Dance and Dramatic Expression
Didactics of Teaching and Learning
Didactics of Experimental Sciences
English Language
Initiation to Professional Practice IV

3rd Year - Curricular Units

Semester 5
Techniques of Written Expression and Textual Analysis
Mathematical Resources
Ecology and Environment
Portuguese History and Culture
Didactics of Portuguese
Didactics of Environmental Studies
Initiation to Professional Practice V

Semester 6
Childrens Literature
Human Biology
Maths Workshop
Expression, Creativity and Game
Didactics of Mathematics
Didactics of Expressions
Initiation to Professional Practice VI

Initiation to Professional Practice (IPP)

includes contact with didactic-pedagogical experiences in different educational realities, promoting a set of knowledge which is intended to be integrated in the different social realities, aiming at an effective articulation between theory and practice. Following the Bologna model, it is proposed to provide students with a set of skills, abilities, knowledge and attitudes that allow them to enter the labour market as Basic Education graduates, presenting different organizational phases:

Phase 1: General Character - takes place throughout the 1st and 2nd years, with the contact hours set for each semester, and contemplates the training of students in formal and non-formal educational contexts in different institutions. To this end, we promote their integration in Kindergartens, Municipal Libraries integrated in the Public Libraries Network, National Reading Plan, AEC, Associations, Museums, several spaces in Schools (such as libraries and laboratories), Playrooms, Hospitals, Municipal Councils, Foundations or Social Security Protocolled Institutions (IPSS) linked to education, healthcare and culture, among others, with which the ESE João de Deus has protocols;

Phase 2: Specific character - preferably carried out in formal educational contexts, in institutions with which the ESEJD has established protocols; the IPP in these institutions takes place in the 3rd year (5th and 6th semesters) of the degree course;
Phase 3: Contact Seminar with the educational reality - concentrated and limited in time, it can also be held outside Portugal, according to protocols previously established between the ESE João de Deus and foreign countries or international organizations as PALOP (African Countries whose official language is Portuguese), ERASMUS, World OMEP, UNESCO Schools, etc.

The IPP curriculum has specific teachers to guide and support students throughout the degree.

Career Prospects

Although this degree is primarily intended to give access to the Master's Degrees which enable teachers to become Kindergarten Educators or Primary and Middle School Teachers, valued by employers and conferring a high rate of employability. The holders of this degree could be able to work in technical education positions in one of the 55 João de Deus Education Centres, placed all over Portuguese territory.