🎓 Postgraduate Degree in Primary Years Programme

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Postgraduate Degree in Primary Years Programme
Course title

Postgraduate Degree in Primary Years Programme

Academic area



Degrees in Education



Format / Language

Online / English

Official certificate
Student profile 

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.

Admissions and enrolment

Application via website, submission of documentation and formalisation of admission at the University.

Calendar and timetables

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. 

Academic Calendar


Why study at UAO CEU?

1. Forward-thinking perspective

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.

2. An emerging sector

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.  

3. Competitive advantage in the jobs market

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.

4. Methodology

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. 

5. Why study this programme? 

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. 

6. Professional development

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. 





  • IB philosophy
    - Understanding the IB philosophy. Definitions of International Mindedness. The IB learner profile.
  • Teaching and Learning
    - Understanding the core elements of the PYP. Constructivist and instructivist model.  Essential elements in the curriculum.
  • Curriculum design
    -  Teaching strategies. Planning special educational needs. Diversity in the classroom
  • Assessment in the PYP 
    - The role of formative and summative assessment. Strategies of learning and strategies to support individual reflection. Designing tasks and rubrics for evaluation. Effective feedback.
  • The use of ICT in the PYP
    - The role and functionality of PRC in supporting the PYP
  • CLIL and PYP
    - How CLIL helps planning the PYP units
  • Placement
  • Dissertation

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.

Teaching staff


Academic Management

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. 


Teaching staff

  • Daya Plaza. Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language, Master’s in Educational Psychology. Head of the primary English department. Over thirteen years of experience teaching in the United States and England in international schools. 
  • Melissa Contreras. Teacher of the Primary Years Programme at an international school in Barcelona. Teaching experience in Venezuela, Brazil and Spain and coordinator at several international centres. The International Baccalaureate Organisation certifications she has obtained include: “Making the PYP happen” and “Evidencing Learning”.
  • Marcin Kazmierczak. Head of the Department of Education and Humanities at UAO CEU.
  • Dr Agustina Lacarte. Collaborating Associate Professor at Abat Oliba CEU University on the bilingual Degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education. PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences. Member of the TRIVIUM research team in the field of international education. IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning (DePaul University of Chicago). Primary teacher in the Primary Years Programme at an international school in Barcelona.
  • Sara Breton. Teacher of Early Childhood and Primary Education in the Primary Years Programme at Agora Sant Cugat International School. Extensive teaching experience that focuses on learning English as a foreign language She has worked in Germany and Spain. Certifications obtained from the International Baccalaureate Organisation: "Demonstration of learning", "How to make PYP a reality".

  • Joan Josep Mauri. Master's in Teacher Training, undergraduate degree in Mechatronic Engineering and another degree in Industrial and Automatic Electronics. Teacher of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at primary and secondary level at St. Peter's School. He has worked on the MI5's international educational project based on Industry 4.0.

  • Aisling Rodgers. Degree in Primary Education and Psychology. She has over 10 years' teaching experience at various international schools in Europe. Department Head at St. Peter's School, also specialising in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and pupils with special educational needs.

Career opporutnities


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:

  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Primary Years Programme Coordinator
  • English Coordinator
  • Head of Studies

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.  

Fees and scholarships


€ 2,475*

*Price for the 2021-22 academic year

Tuition fees correspond, solely and exclusively, to the provision of teaching as part of the programme enrolled on, and this is the only service offered in exchange for the payment of those fees. By enrolling, the student accepts that decisions made by the competent authorities may, directly or indirectly, render it necessary to carry out teaching, tutoring, work placements or assessment tests either in person or via distance learning.

The student accepts that they remain obliged to pay any such fees in full even if, for reasons beyond the control of the University, some of the educational activities included in the degree cannot be carried out as initially provided for in the course guides at the beginning of the academic year. If restrictions are part in place, the University will provide the student with a guarantee that the activity will be rescheduled when possible, taking into consideration the interests of the student and any other applicable academic criteria.


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

Quality and regulation


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:

  • an interest in education
  • ease of expression and understanding in the English language
  • extensive vocabulary, verbal fluency, communication and relationship skills
  • teamwork skills
  • a capacity for analysis and synthesis
  • the ability to reflect and observe
  • drive, discipline and a responsible attitude to work 



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