Post-Graduate Diplomas

Faculty of Social Sciences and Education

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) offered by the University of Saint Joseph is a one-year full-time evening programme aimed at graduates wishing to teach in Infant, Primary or Secondary schools or in-service teachers wishing to receive professional qualifications in teaching.


The programme reviews and considers different educational theories, concepts and perspectives within the field of learning and teaching, curriculum development and evaluation, educational psychology, and communication technology.

The main goals are to fulfil the government policy on teacher’s qualification and professionalism, to identify future trends and the impacts of globalisation in the ways educational processes are conceived and schools are organised for change. Students will also discuss importance of schooling and education, teaching and learning methods, the essentials for teaching practices, and the impact of social developments in education.

This programme is recognised by the Education Bureau of the Macao SAR as a teacher training qualification.

The PGDE programme runs for a minimum duration of 12 months and a maximum duration of 18 months. The programme is designed in three languages, Chinese, English and Portuguese.

Typical Duration (Evening Programme)
12 months

Recommended Prior Knowledge
Bachelor degree

Teaching Medium
English, Chinese or Portuguese

Total number of credits for graduation

Ilha Verde Campus

Official Approval (Click here)

Classes are scheduled from September to July each academic year. Please refer to the official academic calendar for the most updated information.

Typically, classes take place three evenings per week, from 18:30 to 21:45. Exceptionally, classes lectured by Visiting Professors from overseas may be scheduled on Saturdays (Afternoon 14:00 to 17:15 and Evening 18:30 to 21:45) or in additional weekday evenings. Moreover, the PGDE teaching practice modules require students to be available for full-time placement in the assigned partner school for 90 hours in respect to fulfil the DSES (formerly known as DSEJ) requirement for qualified teacher professionalism.

List of Documents to Submit

  1.   Curriculum Vitae
  2.   Academic Qualifications
  3.   Other Qualifications (Optional)
    Qualification(s) related to language skills
    b. Qualification(s) related to music, art, or sports
    c. Other academic qualification(s)
  4.   Academic Transcript (Bachelor’s degree)
  5.   Personal Statement (500-800 words)
  6.   Two Recommendation Letters
      Please provide two recommendation letters of either of the following type:
    –  academic recommendation letter from someone who holds an academic appointment in an educational institution;
    –  professional recommendation letter from a supervisor or senior-level employer.

Key Features

  • Designed to fulfil the demand for highly qualified infant, primary and secondary teachers in Macao
  • Follows the educational pathway established by Macao’s new education legislation
  • Designed to give teachers the opportunity to improve their professional practice, competence, transferable skills and transform theory into practice

Coordinator's Message

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

Typical Career Options

  • Infant, Primary or Secondary teacher
  • Instructional designer
  • Tutor
  • Educational consultant

Study plan & description of modules

Students must complete all the main modules and one specialisation

Please click on any specific module to see its description.


Year 1
3.00 credits