Master in Philosophy Teaching in Secondary Education

Education objectives

- Comprehension of the guide lines of the national political education.
- Ability to apply the pedagogical principles, didactics and research methodologies.
- Ability to adequate the pedagogical and didactics practices to the disciplinary specificity, student and circumstantial;
- Ability to apply scientific, cultural, pedagogical and didactics knowledge into learning-teaching activities.
- Ability to reflect about the ethics and social-cultural implications to the exercise of teaching, in the context of the modern world, political education and civic learning.
- Learning skills, continuous training and professional development.
- Development of philosophical knowledge acquired and the ability to apply it on the orientation of the teaching activity.
- Ability to develop a consistent reading of the Philosophy’s programme.
- Ability to plan, evaluate, innovate within the teaching-learning process.

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.


Luís Manuel Aires Ventura Bernardo

Opening date





1200 Euros/year or 3000 Euros/year (foreign students)


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) Knowledge and understanding of the general principles and guidelines of the national educational policy and its evolution;
b) Knowledge and understanding of underlying pedagogic principles, didactics and educational research methodologies;
c) Ability to apply pedagogic, didactic and methodological knowledge to the definition, management and evaluation of syllabuses and pedagogic practices;
d) Ability to modify pedagogic and didactic practices to suit the specific nature of the subject area, level of education, students and school resources, including the ability to adapt them to multicultural contexts;
e) Ability to activate and apply acquired scientific, cultural, pedagogic and didactic knowledge to produce teaching-learning activities and assessment instruments appropriate to curriculum and syllabus requirements and objectives and to the specificities of students and the school environment;
f) Ability to reflect on the ethical, social and cultural implications of teaching within the context of contemporary world problems, national educational policy guidelines and citizenship training;
g) Research competences for professional development.

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 Philosophy. Applicants will be selected and ranked according to the criteria annually defined in the application edict.

Evaluation rules

1) To complete the taught component of the cicle of studies the student must complete 70 ECTS. Obtainment of 60 credits of the taught component of the master's course necessarily precedes the enrollment in 10 remaining credits of the same, as well as the enrollment for the Supervised Teaching Practice with Report. Thus, the student must complete 60 ECTS in the first year of the master´s course being able to complete the remaining 10 ECTS in the second year in a curricular unit in the teaching area. 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.