Post-Graduate Diplomas

School of Education

Become an effective, reflective, inspiring and culturally sensitive infant, primary or secondary school teacher

The one year Post-Graduate Diploma in Education with three streams, infant, primary and secondary education, provides student-teachers (pre-service and in-service teachers) a combination of sound theoretical foundation, pedagogic knowledge, classroom management skills, and professional competencies to prepare them to become highly qualified and skilled kindergarten, primary or secondary teachers.

The programme reviews and considers different educational theories, concepts and perspectives within the field of learning and teaching, curriculum development and evaluation, educational psychology, inclusiveness, and communication technology. The two teaching practicums in schools are one of the key features of the programme. It offers opportunities for student-teachers to develop transferable skills and transform theory into practice.

The PGDE is offered in English or Chinese or Portuguese language. However,all streams in English, Chinese and Portuguese may not be offered in every academic year.

Typical Duration
12 months

Recommended prior knowledge
A Bachelor degree.

Teaching Medium

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 fulfill the DSEJ requirement for qualified teacher professionalism.

Key Features

  • Designed to fulfil 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 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

  • Teaching in Primary and Secondary schools
  • Education administrators
  • Instructional designers
  • Tutoring and educational consultants

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 PGDE
3.00 credits