Society and Culture / Single cycle Master's degree programme
Primary Teacher Education

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
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 five-years degree program in Teachers Training is the only program which qualifies students to teach in preschools and primary schools in Italy. The program in Teachers Training offers innovative teaching methods which include in-classroom lectures, 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: in fact, it promotes 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); curricular disciplines (Italian language, Mathematics, Science, History, Foreign Languages); and methods and strategies for educational planning, management and assessment. Subjets on Special Needs for disabled are also included in the program. The five-years program is divided in 30 courses with exams and 20 labs (aimed at putting into practice the theory learnt during lectures) plus 1 lab of ICT and 5 labs of English (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 internship is compulsory. Students can also be involved in educational-teaching, and research projects promoted by the courses in collaboration with schools. At the end, students prepare a Master thesis and a final report of their school placements.

Career options

At the end of the program, graduates will possess the specific qualifications that allow them to teach at the pre-school level or in primary schools.

After the degree

Graduates in Primary teacher education have access to Second Level Master Courses and to PhD programs, including the PhD in Reggio Childhood Studies.

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Course Director
prof.ssa Laura Cerrocchi
prof.ssa Laura Cerrocchi

The course is managed by the Department of Education and Humanities