Master in Portuguese Teaching in the 3rd Cycle of Basic School and in Secondary School

Education objectives

- To know the guidelines of national educational policy and the methodologies of educational research;
- To apply pedagogical, didactic and methodological knowledge to curricula and pedagogical practices;
- To adjust pedagogical and didactic practices to different specific subjects, educational levels, students and school environments;
- To apply scientific, cultural, pedagogical and didactic knowledge to teaching-learning activities, according to curricular and programmatic objectives, to the students and school environments specificities;
- To reflect on ethical, social and cultural implications, concerning teaching activity within contemporary world, national educational policy and training for active citizenship;
- To develop learning and research abilities available for life-long learning, training and professional development.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to the cycle of studies which leads to a Doctorate Degree. For the specific access conditions, consult the regulations governing the doctoral programmes at NOVA FCSH.


Helena Virgínia Topa Valentim

Opening date





1200 Euros/year


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese language

Degree pre-requisites

Length: 2 years / 4 semesters. Total credits: 120 credits (70 in course units of the study programme + 50 in the non-taught component).
To obtain the masters degree, the student must realize in accordance with Decree-Law 79/2014, 14th May, an introduction to professional practice which are assigned 50 credits (45 ECTS match Supervised Teaching Practice and 5 ECTS to the Seminar of Supervised Teaching Practice).
The degree of “mestre” corresponds to the level 7 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.


a) Know the guidelines of the national educational policy and
its generic evolution;
b) Develop the ability to adapt pedagogical practices
and didactic to the specificity of the disciplinary area, teaching levels, students and school environments;
c) Mobilize and apply scientific, cultural, pedagogical and didactic knowledge in the development of collaborative teaching-learning activities appropriate to curricular documents, but also
to the specificities of students and school environments;
d) Deepen scientific, technological, ethical and cultural knowledge and apply it in teaching practice;
e) Build didactic-pedagogical instruments that allow a
skills development and the proper application of knowledge;
f) Enable the reasoning of judgments and didactic-pedagogical options
that take into account relevant social, scientific and ethical aspects
for teaching Portuguese in the 3rd cycle of basic education and
in secondary education.

Conditions of admittance

Application and access conditions to the cycle of studies reflect the conditions established in the national legislation, namely: -to hold a licenciado degree or legal equivalent; -to hold a foreign academic degree recognized by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCSH; -to hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae recognized by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCSH; -to hold, at least, 120 credits in Portuguese. Applicants will be selected and ranked according to the criteria annually defined in the application edict.

Evaluation rules

1) No obligatory precedences for attending the program’s courses. 2) Knowledge evalutation in the courses is individual and takes place at the end of each semester. The following tools will be considered: final oral and/or written assignments, papers or other assessment tools, in conditions to be agreed upon with each lecturer. The result of the evaluation is expressed in a mark from 0 to 20. 3) Approval in a course requires a final grade equal to or above 10. 4) Only those students who have obtained 60 ECTs on the scholar component of the program can proceed to the Supervised Teaching Practice. 5) For the evaluation of the Supervised Teaching Practice, please consult FCSH/NOVA’s relevant regulations.


Elective options 1
Code Name ECTS
722171259 Education Curriculum and Multiculturalism 5.0
722171258 Education Systems and School Cultures 5.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 15
Elective options 2
Code Name ECTS
722131101 Language Acquisition and Language Impairment 10.0
722091123 Portuguese Literary Canon 10.0
722131102 Language Development in Multilingual Contexts 10.0
722131084 Portuguese Grammar and Teaching 10.0
722091158 Classical Matrices in Portuguese Culture 10.0
722091124 Portuguese Culture Themes 10.0
722091126 Topics on Lusophone Literatures 10.0
722131077 Text Theory 10.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 20
Code Name ECTS
722160036 Teaching of Literature in Portuguese 5.0
722160033 Portuguese Didactics I 10.0
722160035 Portuguese Didactics II 5.0
02108270 Inclusão e Diversidade na Sala de Aula 5.0
722131097 Specific Methodologies for Second Language Teaching 10.0
02108264 Psicologia Educacional 5.0