Graduates in early pre-school and/or primary education. Students who are currently taking degrees in pre-school and/or primary school education. Graduates in pedagogy, psychology, special education. People with at least three years’ professional experience in public, private or subsidised educational institutions.
Application via website, submission of documentation and formalisation of admission at the University.
The Postgraduate Degree in Primary Years Programme is taught entirely online and lasts approximately 1 year. The schedule is adjusted to the rhythm of each student, so it is up to the student to choose whether he or she wishes to study full or part time, and how many hours he or she wishes to spend per day/week.
Students who want to take the postgraduate course in conjunction with their undergraduate studies will also be able to do so. In this case, they will begin the postgraduate course in the third year of the degree and the programme will extend to the fifth year.
This postgraduate course aims to train top-level professionals in the field of international education. It is the first postgraduate course in Spain to offer a solid education in the philosophy and methodology of PYP, which is taught in international centres in Spain and around the world.
The postgraduate degree in Primary Years Programme is aimed at meeting the growing needs of education professionals looking to improve the quality of teaching and also to face the challenges currently facing the profession, such as the trans-disciplinary curriculum, the teaching of values, leadership skills and problem solving.
This postgraduate course covers all aspects of learning in the context of the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB). It also offers the student useful and practical ideas for the proper implementation of the programme.
More and more schools are choosing to include the Primary Years Programme because of the quality of the programme and the career opportunities it offers pupils.
The Postgraduate Degree in the Primary Years Programme is aimed at covering the needs of an emerging sector with exceptional professional opportunities, such as international education. The programme is designed to facilitate access to employment for teaching professionals.
The Postgraduate Degree in the Primary Years Programme will allow students to learn, deepen their knowledge and develop the experience they need to gain a competitive advantage in the global jobs market.
The working methodology is based on the methodology used in IB centres. As such, it is largely based on a spirit of questioning, observation and reflection. Each of the blocks has a series of practical projects that help the student to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. At the end of the four compulsory blocks, students take a working placement at an international centre followed by a dissertation.
In recent years, the number of international schools has increased, with more than 5,000 schools worldwide. Spain leads Europe, with 366 international schools and nearly 133,000 students, but it is expected that over the next 10 years, this figure will reach 16,000 schools. This increase is in part due to the increasing demand for quality education and the academic and employment possibilities offered by such programmes, as well as an interest in languages.
Most schools that teach this methodology only hire professionals with previous experience teaching the Primary Years Programme. This is why having solid training in the field of international education has become an indispensable element for those professionals who want to work in IB centres both nationally and internationally.
Students studying the postgraduate course in the Primary Years Programme will be able to undertake work experience at international centres both in Spain and abroad. After completing the postgraduate course, students will be able to work in the most exclusive international centres.
From the third year onwards, students studying degrees in Education can take the Primary Years Programme course. An online programme will allow them to be accredited to teach at international schools.
Dr Agustina Lacarte. Associate Professor at Abat Oliba CEU University in the Bilingual Degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education. PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences. Member of the TRIVIUM research team and researcher in the field of international education. IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning (DePaul University of Chicago). Primary school teacher in the Primary Years Programme at an international school in Barcelona.
The career opportunities available to those taking the Postgraduate Degree in the Primary Years Programme include work at international centres both in Spain and abroad in early childhood and/or primary education in private, subsidised and public centres.
Graduates will be able to take up variosu roles in the school, such as:
Along with teaching experience at international schools, this degree also offers the chance to collaborate in the many projects run by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
Postgraduate students must pay in full before starting the course. The Postgraduate and University Extension Service will send prospective students the enrolment form so that they can make the payment at one of the financial institutions that appear on the enrolment document. Students will have 15 calendar days to make this payment.
Abat Oliba CEU University has credit agreements with various financial institutions meaning our students can finance the whole of their studies with excellent conditions.
For more information, those interested may contact the Academic Management Service.
Postgraduate and Further University Studies
Bellesguard 30. 08022 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 253 72 03
The profile of candidates for the Postgraduate Degree in Primary Years Programme include those who have at least a C1 level of English and, if they do not have this at the beginning of the postgraduate course, they must commit to achieving it before the end of their studies.
Students are also expected to have the following personal and academic characteristics: