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Teaching History in the 3rd cycle of Basic Education and in Secondary Education

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The Study Cycle is according to the applicable legislation, namely, the 7th article of the Decree-Law n.º 79/2014 no what concerns the components of formation; the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th articles on the formation in general educational area, specific didactics, initiation to the professional practice and training in the cultural, social and ethical areas; and the 15th and 16th articles on the curricular structures and the article 17th and 18th-cap. V.

See the study cycle official documents.

The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) accredited this study cycle without conditions:


As a professionalizing Master on History Teaching it aims to prepare future teachers for lecturing the subject of History in the 3rd cycle of basic and secondary teaching. In secondary teaching, due to the possibility of teaching History A, History B, History of Culture and Arts, we structured a curriculum that was complementary on the contents and competences obtained in licentiate degree. It is visible the registration of specifically economic related classes, considering History B in Economy and Management courses, but also History of Culture and arts for the specific field of secondary teaching.

These are the particularities that aim to distinguish our educational project, inscribing also in Didactics the conditions for the students to prepare specific resources for these fields.

Professional Abilities

To deeply understand the historical knowledge needed for a competent teaching of the program contents of the Basic and Secondary School.

To know specifically the contents of History of Culture and Arts and be able to adequate the teaching to the specific audience who attends these courses.

To recognise the specificity of the treatment of History B in the courses of Economy and Management.

To be able to use didactical techniques which allow a diversification of the teaching practices.

To understand the role of History in the Educative Project of any School, aiming to an effective insertion in the educative community in the multifaceted heritage of the space to which belongs to.

To broaden professional horizons where the historical content is essential but where, through entrepreneurship, to make possible to pursue other career than teaching.

Employment Prospects

History Teachers for 3rd cycle basic education and secondary education (Group 400).

Teacher of History A, History B, History of Culture and Arts, subjects of secondary education.

Professional Course trainers in areas consistent with their training.

Educational Services of Institutions/Entities that have activities with/for students of several levels of education.

Tourist offers involving knowledge of History, local history and didactic skills.

Entrepreneurship in the area of tourism, heritage, historical centers, publications, exhibits, production of catalogs or simple promotional flyers.


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Admission requirements:
1st cycle degree or equivalent plus

All information in: http://web.letras.up.pt/sga


For scientific and academic issues - contact the course director: meh@letras.up.pt
For administrative issues
- contact the Academic Management Services: sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Office: gri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: M812
Director: Sara Dias Trindade
Acronym: MEH
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of studies: Masters Degree
Start: 2015/2016
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Teaching History in the 3rd cycle of Basic Education and in Secondary Education (120 ECTS credits)
  • Curso de Mestrado em Ensino de História no 3º ciclo do Ensino Básico e no Ensino Secundário (60 ECTS credits)

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