Primary teacher education

Single cycle Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaSocial Sciences and Humanities
Duration 5 years - 300 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The degree program in Primary Education Studies is the only program which qualifies students to teach in preschools and primary schools. The degree program in Primary Education Studies offers innovative teaching methods which include classroom lessons, placements in schools, laboratory training, and some support for distance learning through a continuously updated e-learning platform. In the laboratories, small groups of students, guided by professors and professionals, learn to apply theoretical principles and methods to practical situations through the simulation of the activities and procedures of daily teaching practices. In addition, the curriculum is strongly rooted in the local community, utilizes the best innovative experiences of the local primary schools, and draws on the preschool model of Reggio Emilia which remains a benchmark. Lastly, the program guarantees a high rate of employment: about 90% of its graduates find work as teachers (full or part-time) within three months of graduating.

Course content

The degree program is aimed at training professional teachers with qualified competences and skills. Core subjects are: pedagogy (it refers to the foundations, processes and practices of education throughout the different physical, social and cultural contexts of life), general didactics (it refers to the teaching-learning processes and practices, i.e. the generation and transmission of knowledge); psychology, sociology and anthropology (they refer to: - the cognitive-affective dimensions which mark development and education - the training system - cultural belonging and identity); academic disciplines (Italian language, Mathematics, Science, History, Foreign Languages); and methods and strategies for educational planning, management and assessment. Subjets on Education for disabled students are also included in the program. The program is divided in 30 subjects with exams and 20 labs (aimed at putting into practice the theory learnt during lectures), 1 lab of technological didactics, 5 labs of English language (level B2) with elements of methodology for teaching English to young pupils. Students are also required to complete 600 hours in school placements. Attendance in labs and school placements is obligatory. Students can also be involved in educational-teaching, and research projects promoted by the program in collaboration with schools. At the end, students prepare a Master thesis together with a report on the 4 year of school placement.

Career options

At the end of the program, graduates will possess the specific competencies which qualify them to teach at the preprimary level or in primary schools.

After the degree

Graduates in Primary teacher education have access to Second Level Master Courses and to PhD programs.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Maria G. Bartolini
prof.ssa Laura Cerrocchi

The course is managed by the Department of Education and Humanities