This programme prepares students to become effective Kindergarten, Primary or Secondary English, Portuguese or Moral and Religious Education school teachers
The Bachelor of Education imparts conceptual, practical and professional knowledge in the essential fields of school curriculum, pedagogy and child development, as well as scientific knowledge in subject area content, preparing students to become highly qualified and skilled teachers. Developing professional integrity, an appreciation and respect of diversity and ethical attitudes are the core values of the programme.
Throughout their four years of full-time study, students are encouraged to understand the interdisciplinary nature of teaching and learning, and recognize the value of professional development and innovation for their future career as teachers. The course promotes rich and meaningful learning experiences through the use of a variety of pedagogical approaches, including active learning strategies and numerous opportunities for collaboration and cooperation.
The introduction of interactive materials and blended learning have the potential to enhance the students’ motivation and autonomy, providing them with the essential attitudes, skills and competencies to teach in the globalized world of the 21st century. Students are expected to master the development and use of electronic resources in teaching and to learn how to move away from conventional teaching to enhance the learning environment.
Teaching practicums are part of the course and students are required to undertake an active role in the schools where they are placed during their third and four years of study.
The five specializations offered are Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary English, Secondary Portuguese and Secondary Religious Education. The medium of instruction of the compulsory modules is English (with the exception of Putonghua and Portuguese language modules). However, the majority of the Kindergarten and the Primary specialization modules are taught in Cantonese. For these two specializations fluency in spoken and written Chinese is required. All modules in the specialization in Portuguese are taught in Portuguese and all modules in the specialization in English are taught in English. English or Portuguese proficiency of at least a B1 level for the specializations in English and Portuguese respectively is required.
The USJ Bachelor of Education is a qualification recognized as a teacher training qualification by the Education Bureau of the Macau SAR.
4 years full-time (day) programme
Total number of credits for graduation
Saint Joseph Seminary (Largo de Santo Agostinho)
Programme’s Government Approval (In Chinese and Portuguese only)
Classes take place from September to May each academic year. Summer classes, internships and examinations may be scheduled in June and July. Please refer to the official academic calendar for the most updated information.
On average, students will have approximately 18.5 hours of classes each week. Classes are scheduled from Mondays to Fridays, from 09:00 to 18:15. Exceptionally, classes may be scheduled in the evenings or on Saturdays.
- Designed to fulfill the demand for highly qualified kindergarten, primary and secondary teachers in Macau.
- Follows the educational pathway established by Macau’s new education legislation.
- Recognized by the Education Bureau of the Macau SAR as a teacher training qualification.
- Designed to give students the opportunity to improve their professional practice, competence, transferable skills, and to transform theory into practice.
The depth of Macau’s current educational reform brings major challenges and opportunities for school administrators, teachers, and individuals working or wishing to work in the field of education. The newly adopted education policies are making the teaching profession enduring and highly rewarding.
Under the current bylaw, teachers are expected to expand their qualifications as they have to be multifaceted experts in their fields. They need to integrate content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, to develop transferable skills, and to explore intercultural dialogue and exchanges.
The varied Educational programmes currently offered are designed to 1) fulfil the need for continued improvement in the provision of high quality teaching in local schools, 2) impart high quality training and professional development for middle and high level school coordinators and administrators, 3) provide an opportunity for all interested in pursuing studies and research in the field of education.
USJ’s Education programmes encourage students to have a fresh and broad perspective on every aspect of education and schooling, while analysing problems from new directions and possibilities. The high level scientific and pedagogic teaching staff, the USJ friendly learning atmosphere, and the close collaboration with Macau Catholic schools makes the Education programmes a great choice for pursuing a career in teaching, educational leadership , administration, and related areas.
Prof. Ana Correia
- Teaching in Kindergarten and Primary schools.
- Teaching English, Portuguese or Religious Education in Secondary schools.
- Educational researcher
- Educational journalist
- Educational policy maker
- Education administrators
- Instructional designer
- Tutoring and educational consultants
Students must complete all the main modules and one specialisation
Please click on any specific module to see its description.