Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education

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Admission Process

From 10 June to 18 July 2024 (with 2 new specialisms)


For the 2024-2025 academic year


Basic description

The Official Master’s Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education equips graduates to work as teachers at these two educational levels, in both schools and further education colleges. The aim of this master’s degree is to complete the training provided by their degree in subjects specific to the teaching profession. To this end, it provides solid training in the psychology of adolescence, didactics, methodology, educational legislation, knowledge and use of technological resources, attention to diversity, etc.

This Master’s Degree in teaching offers six specialisms: English, Spanish Language and Literature, Biology and Geology, Physical Education, Mathematics and Geography & History.


In summary





No. of seats



17 sept. 2024

2024-2025 academic year



Places and range of specialisms. New itineraries for the academic year 2024-25!

Seats available: 50 places

Specialisms offered: 6
· Biology and Geology
· English
· Spanish Language and Literature
· Physical Education
– Mathematics (new for the academic year 2024-2025)
– Geography and History (new for academic year 2024-2025)

Minimum number of students per specialism: 8

Timetables, exams and academic calendar

Total credits: 60 ECTS, spread over 14 modules. Two of them: adapted to the chosen specialism

Module Credits Semester Teacher
Learning and Personality Development 3 1 Coloma Rosselló Nicolau
Tutoring and Guidance for Students 4 1 Miquel Cànovas Martínez
Society, Family and Education 3 1 Dr. Andreu Mir Gual
Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication 5 1 Dr. Ricard Mamblona / Raquel Fernández
General Teaching: Planning, Methodology and Evaluation of Learning and Skills 4 1 Maria Magdalena Cortès Ferrer
Introduction to Educational Research 3 1 Dr. Loreto Gútiez Sáinz-Pardo
Teaching Innovation and Educational Excellence 3 1 Agustí Puigserver Miralles
Models of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Attitudes 2 1 Mar Sánchez Garrrido
Educational Processes and Contexts 3 1 Carolina Torres Bibiloni
Diversity, Multiculturalism and Inclusive Education Awareness 3 2 Miquel Cànovas Martínez
Practicum 10 2 Dr. Blanca Ballester Morell
Master’s Degree Final Project 6 2 Dr. Blanca Ballester Morell
Learning and Teaching of the Chosen Specialism 6 2 See lower block for academic staff and access to teaching guides
Complements for curricular training in the chosen specialism 5 2 See lower block for academic staff and access to teaching guides

Modules for specialisms
The students of the first edition of the Master’s (beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year) can only choose the modules marked with an asterisk (*)

Module 1 Credits Semester Teacher
Learning and Teaching of Physical Education (*) 6 2 Dr. Miguel Ángel Tirado Ramos
Learning and Teaching of Biology and Geology (*) 6 2 Pep Ríos Huete
Learning and Teaching of English 6 2 Dr. Catalina Ribas Segura
Learning and Teaching of Spanish Language and Literature 6 2 Rocío Gavilanes Pérez


Module 2 Credits Semester Teacher
Complements for curricular training in the specialism of Physical Education (*) 5 2 Dr. Antonio Albertí Amengual
Complements for curricular training in the specialism of Biology and Geology (*) 5 2 Dr. Cristina Miralles Payeras
Complements for curricular training in the specialism of English 5 2 Dr. Catalina Ribas Segura
Complements for curricular training in the specialism of Spanish Language and Literature 5 2 Dr. Blanca Ballester Morell


Modules for the Master’s Degree and credits

Module ECTS
General 18
Specific 26
Practicum and Final Project 16


Admission criteria and entry requirements

All students who wish to do this Master’s Degree must:

  • Possess the qualifications that enable them to access Master’s Degree courses.
    -Possess an official Spanish university Bachelor’s degree qualification or another issued by a higher education institution from the European Higher Education Area which qualifies them to access Master’s degree courses.
    -Be in possession of a Licenciatura (five-year) Degree, a Degree in Architecture or an Engineering Degree pursuant to the university system in force prior to that established in Royal Decree RD 822/2021. If the student holds a Diplomatura (three-year) qualification, a Degree in Technical Architecture or a Degree in Technical Engineering, they can access the Master’s Degree programmes whose entry requirements so allow, although they may be required to pursue additional training which enables them to acquire the skills and knowledge specific to the Master’s Degree, which shall be evaluated in each particular case, if these circumstances should arise.
    -In the case of students with qualifications from countries outside the European Higher Education Area which have not been given official academic recognition, the interested party must apply to the Director for admission. Once the Director has received the due information from the Student Admissions Service, she will come to a decision. Entry through this route does not mean official recognition, academic or otherwise, of the previous degree qualification for any purposes other than those of pursuing the Master’s Degree.
  • Have a good record of academic attainment in the Bachelor’s Degree that is enabling them to access the Master’s Degree:
    -The average mark of the academic record for the degree or other official university qualification that is enabling them to access the Master’s Degree will be taken into account.
    -In addition, the previous curricula followed by the students will be examined in order to ensure, as far as possible, that once they have been admitted to the Master’s Degree programme, they will successfully complete the course of study.
  • Have a personal interview during which aspects such as motivation, experience, vocation, future career ideas, etc. will be analysed.

In addition, the admission procedure requires the student to:
-Be admitted by the Director of University College Alberta Giménez (CESAG), assisted by the Student Admissions Service.
-Have applied for admission in compliance with the stipulated manner and deadlines, using the standard model and attaching all the documents that substantiate fulfilment of the entry requirements.
-Successfully pass a personal interview with a member of the Student Admissions Service which will explore the student’s motivation for choosing the programme and include a review and discussion of the applicant’s academic record. Account will also be taken of any indicative personal aspects to assess their fitness for the programme the applicant is requesting. The information gathered by each interviewer is recorded in a formalised admission interview registration template; it is then given to the person responsible for admission, who may request the teacher who conducted the interview to provide any supplementary information that is deemed appropriate.
-When applicants wish to pursue a specialism which differs from their prior learning, they must complete a supplementary exam so as to ensure they possess the skills required for the specialism they are applying for. This exam is described later.
-The provisions of the corresponding legislation of Spanish Data Protection Act 15/1999 are applied to the management of the data generated during the admission process.

University College Alberta Giménez (CESAG) graduates and students
When the required conditions (which have just been described) have been met, priority will be given in the admission process to applicants who are University College Alberta Giménez (CESAG) graduates.

Admissions of students with disabilities
When students who are interested in attending University College Alberta Giménez (CESAG), affiliated with Comillas Pontifical University, have any type of disability, they can receive personalised information and support through the Support Service. Via this service, they can request the entrance examinations to be adapted, explaining their needs for the admission procedures. Once they have been admitted, students with disabilities will receive personalised assistance through coordinated action by the Master’s programme coordination bodies, the teaching staff and the Support Service.

Weighting of the admission criteria
Academic record: 70%
Personal interview: 20%
University College Alberta Giménez (CESAG) graduates and students: 10%

Entrance examinations
Skills related to the specialism:
Section 2.4. of Order 3858/2007, of 27 December, of the Ministry of Education and Science, states that it will be necessary to provide accreditation of mastery of the skills relating to the specialism that the student wishes to study, by means of the completion of an examination designed for the purpose by the universities and that any students who possess any of the university qualifications that correspond with the chosen specialism will be exempted from this requirement.

In order to provide accreditation of the knowledge required in each specialism, as stated in the order, the University will carry out the following procedures:
1. Students who come from the specialism in which they wish to do the Master’s Degree: after verifying their academic background and that these match the requested specialism, they will be exempted from doing the knowledge test referred to in the aforementioned Order. In order to determine which candidates will be exempted from doing the test to accredit their mastery of the skills relating to the specialism they wish to pursue, the procedure will follow Royal Decree 860/2010, of 2 July, which regulates the initial educational conditions of teachers in private institutions in order to teach compulsory secondary and pre-university education, as well as the resolutions in force from the General Directorate of Teaching Staff of the regional government’s educational authority which specify the qualifications required to enable those who are part of the body of secondary and pre-university education teachers to work as teachers. In these cases, the candidate’s application will be forwarded to the Student Admissions Service for assessment alongside the rest of their merits and their personal interview; the service will come to a decision on whether to admit the candidate, taking into account the places available on the Master’s Degree programme and/or on the requested specialism.
2. Students who come from Bachelor’s or five-year degrees specialising in areas other than the specialism they wish to pursue in the Master’s Degree (This will be the situation of those courses of study which do not appear in the legislation specified in the previous section related to each of the specialisms) They will have to pass a test in which they demonstrate their proficiency in the subjects that correspond to the specialism requested for secondary and pre-university education. The test will be created by the teachers for that specialism on the Master’s Degree programme in view of the curriculum for the specialism in secondary and pre-university education. Once this test has been successfully passed, the candidate’s application will be forwarded to the Student Admissions Service for assessment alongside the rest of their merits and their personal interview; the service will come to a decision on whether to admit the candidate, taking into account the places available on the Master’s Degree programme and/or on the requested specialism.

Foreign language
With regard to prior proficiency in a foreign language by all students who wish to take part in the Master’s Degree programme for Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-University Education (Section 4.2 of the governing Order), the Language Department will design an ad hoc test through which it can be verified that the candidate holds the stated B1 level in English. All those who submit a certificate that is less than three years old certifying this or a greater level of knowledge of the chosen language, candidates from initial philological studies of the chosen language or those whose initial education accounted for at least 30 ECTS of content in the chosen language.

Calendar for admission and exams

  1. Pre-registration: from 10 June to 18 July 2024.
  2. Entrance examinations for students who come from Bachelor’s or five-year degrees specialising in areas other than the specialism they wish to pursue in the Master’s Degree: Friday, 19 July 2024, at 12:00, in room 26.
  3. Foreign language proficiency test:Friday, 19 July 2024, at 12:00, in room 26.
  4. More information about the entrance examinations and curriculum of the specialisms offered
Profiles of applicants, graduates, and career and academic opportunities

The Official Master’s Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education opens up access to doctorate-level courses of study according to the regulations in force and enables graduates to work as a teacher at obligatory secondary and pre-university education, vocational training and language learning level, with it becoming an essential requirement as of 2009-2010 for being able to teach those two educational levels.

The Order 3858/2007, of 27 December, of the Ministry of Education and Science, which sets out the requirements for verification of official university qualifications entitling the holder to pursue the professions of Teacher of Compulsory Secondary and Pre-University Education, Vocational Training and Language Learning

Applicant profile
Our Master’s Degree in teacher training is aimed at graduates holding a Bachelor’s Degree, a Licenciatura (four or five-year) Degree, Diplomatura (three-year) qualification, Engineering Degree or a Degree in Technical Engineering who wish to teach at the level of Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education, for whom it is an essential requirement in order to become a teacher at these educational stages.
The goal of this Master’s degree is to complete their first degree-level education with those subjects specifically for the teaching profession. To this end, a solid grounding will be given in psychology of adolescence, didactics, educational methodology and organisation, all within an environment of collaboration and working as part of a teaching team.

Graduate profile
Students who complete the Master’s Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education are professionals with a sound education that combines psycho-pedagogical, educational, methodological and technological knowledge with a motivating teaching style that enables both comprehensive attention for students at compulsory secondary and pre-university, vocational training and official language school level and teamwork as part of a teaching team, plus tutoring on an individual and family basis, meeting the requirements for secondary school-level teachers. This profile has been analysed by the various monitoring committees for the Master’s Degree programme.

Within the framework of the skills acquired, their career opportunities are geared towards the following areas:

State-owned, semi-private and privately owned educational establishments that provide compulsory secondary and pre-university education
State-owned, semi-private and privately owned educational establishments that provide vocational training
Official language schools
Adult Education Centres (CEPA)

Regulated profession
The Master’s Degree is a prerequisite but is not sufficient in itself to teach compulsory secondary and pre-university education, as it is a regulated profession. In state establishments, teachers are required to have passed the corresponding competitive examination. In semi-private and private establishments, the requirements are set out in Royal Decree 860/2010, of 2 July, and Royal Decree 665/2015, of 17 July, which regulates the initial academic conditions for teaching staff in private establishments that entitle them to teach at compulsory secondary and pre-university education level (Spanish Official State Gazette –BOE- of 17 July 2010). Vocational training and special education systems are also governed by other, specific legislation. In the particular case of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, teachers are also required to possess a qualification that accredits their proficiency in the Catalan language as specified in Article 2 of Decree 115/2001, of 14 September.


CGI1 – Ability to analyse and summarise.
CGI2 – Problem solving.
CGI3 – Ability to organise and plan.
CGI4 – Ability to manage information from a variety of different sources.
CGI5 – General basic knowledge about the subject area.
CGI6 – Oral and written communication in their own language.
CGP7 – Interpersonal skills.
CGP8 – Teamwork.
CGP9 – Capacity for criticism and self-criticism.
CGP10 – Ethical commitment.
CGS11 – Ability to learn.
CGS12 – Ability to adapt to new situations.
CGS13 – Ability to work independently.
CGS14 – Concern for quality.
CGS15 – Understanding of cultures and customs from other countries.
CGS16 – Understanding of religion and of Christian values.

CET1 – Being aware of pupils’ characteristics, their social contexts and their motivations.
CET2 – Understanding pupils’ personality development and the potential dysfunctions affecting the learning process.
CET3 – Preparing proposals based on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and intellectual and emotional abilities.
CET4 – Identifying educational situations affecting pupils’ with different abilities and learning speeds, and planning how to resolve them.
CET5 – Knowing the processes for interaction and communication in the classroom and in school, and tackling and solving potential problems.
CET6 – Knowing the historical evolution of the educational system in Spain.
CET7 – Knowing and applying information, tutoring, and academic and career guidance resources and strategies.
CET8 – Promoting educational activities centring on emotions, values and citizenship.
CET9 – Participating in defining the school’s educational philosophy and in the school’s general activities from the point of view of improving quality, taking into account diversity, preventing learning difficulties and fostering harmonious coexistence.
CET10 – Relating education with the environment and understanding the educational role of the family and the community in both acquisition of skills and knowledge and educating about respecting rights and freedoms, equal rights and opportunities for men and women and equal treatment and non-discrimination of people with disabilities.
CET11 – Being aware of the historical evolution of the family, different types of families and the influence of family situation on education.
CET12 – Acquiring social skills with regard to family relationships and guidance.
CET13 – Knowing the educational and cultural value of the subjects corresponding to the specialisation and the contents taught at each educational level.
CET14 – Knowing the history of and recent developments in the subjects and the outlook so as to be able to provide a dynamic view of these.
CET15 – Knowing contexts and situations where the different curricular contents are used or applied.
CET16 – Knowing the necessary processes and resources to prevent learning problems.
CET17 – Being familiar with the theoretical and practical developments in teaching and learning the corresponding subject.
CET18 – Transforming curricula into programmes of activities and work.
CET19 – Developing criteria for selecting and preparing teaching materials.
CET20 – Promoting an environment that facilitates learning and encourages student feedback.
CET21 – Integrating training in multimedia and audiovisual communication in the learning and teaching process.
CET22 – Knowing assessment strategies and techniques and understanding assessment as a tool to regulate and promote effort.
CET23 – Knowing and applying innovative teaching ideas in the area of teaching-learning for the corresponding subject.
CET24 – Critically analysing teaching performance and the implementation of good practices and guidance using quality indicators.
CET25 – Identifying the programmes related to the teaching and learning of the corresponding subject and proposing alternatives and solutions.
CET26 – Knowing and applying basic methodologies and techniques for educational research and assessment.
CET27 – Being able to design and develop research, innovation and assessment projects.
CET28 – Gaining experience in planning, teaching and assessing the subjects corresponding to the specialisation.
CET29 – Showing evidence of a good command of oral and written expression in teaching practice.
CET30 – Mastering the necessary social skills and abilities to foster an environment that facilitates learning and harmonious coexistence.
CET31 – Participating in proposed improvements in the different action areas using a practice-based reflective approach.


The placements for the Official Master’s Degree in Compulsory Secondary and Pre-University Education are carried out during 110 hours, for a period of about five weeks.

General information and regulations
Placement Framework Document (common with Education degrees)
Placement Manual (specific regulations of the master’s degree)
List of centres with a placement agreement for this master’s programme

Information sessions. 2023-2024 academic year
Thursday, 1 February 2024 (15:30). Aimed at: 2nd edition students
Monday, 29 April 2024 (15:30). Aimed at: 2nd edition students

Planned timetable of placements. 2023-2024 academic year

Edition Placements start Placements end
Second 2 May 2024 13 June 2024
Information that students must bear in mind before enrolling
1/ Enrol via the CESAG web page within the set time limits
From 11 to 25 September 2024 (online registration will be active from the 11th at 9:00 am until the 25th at 8:00 pm)
2/ Pay the sum shown as the amount of your enrolment and the amount of the initial teaching fee plus university fees

Formalisation of enrolment

  • You must access the link “Online Enrolment” and then you must provide your username (academic code) and password, and then provide the information the system requests from you at each stage. In the corresponding step, you must indicatethe account IBAN number you had designated for payment during the academic year of direct debits of the monthly instalments
  • Payment (1) of the enrolment cost amount must be made by means of:
    • a single card payment (POS terminal), made directly when enrolling online. When you make the payment by card, your enrolment will be automatically submitted online. To confirm its submission, you must provide the unique code that will have been sent to your mobile telephone number (the mobile telephone number you indicated when requesting admission).
  • Submit and sign the enrolment. In general, submission and signing of enrolment must be carried out online, by following the instructions of the University’s online enrolment system.
  • Payment of the amount for enrolment does not mean it has been submitted online, therefore it is essential to perform this final step in the process so that it is properly formalised in the Secretary’s Office.

(1) Payment of the enrolment amount consolidates the student’s entitlement to a place on the corresponding programme. The subsequent cancelation of enrolment does not give any entitlement to a refund of this amount except in the cases specified in article 89.3 e) of the University’s General Regulations

Credit recognition application procedure / Subjects not eligible for credit recognition

Download the informative note on enrolment for this master’s degree


The price of the Master’s Degree, for 2024-2025 academic ayer, is 4.316 euros (+degree certificate issuance fees and university fees) See detailed information

Payment for the Master’s Degree is carried out based on the same degree fee structure for University College Alberta Giménez (CESAG), which includes:

1. Enrolment payment. To be carried out from 11 to 25 September 2024.
2. Initial tuition fee. Includes the payment of university fees. It is paid at the same time as the enrolment payment.
3. Monthly instalment. Payment of the rest of the tuition fees, in monthly instalments, distributed thus:

Eight monthly instalments, from November 2024 to June 2025.

Payment method enrolment and initial tuition fee: POS terminal. Single payment by card.
Payment method monthly instalments: direct debit (possibility of financing through SeQura)
When are the monthly instalments charged?

Admission fee (not included in the price of the master’s degree ): 62 euros (2024-2025 academic year)

Third edition / Complete year

Enrolment + Initial tuition fee Monthly instalment
1.604 euros 339 euros

Please note:the university fees (€116) include the cost for Academic Insurance, Opening and Maintenance of the Academic Record and University Card.

These fees are paid together with the initial tuition fee.

FEES PER CREDIT (for isolated, pending or repeated modules)

Total price Enrolment Tuition
70 euros 13,50 euros 56,50 euros


Financing through SeQura

You can also postpone and finance the tuition costs of the Master’s degree through the split payment loan-based product from SeQura, the leading agency for deferred-payment services for e-commerce, which is processed flexibly (online and by mobile phone) with repayment by credit card.

You can apply for this service through the financing application form. The person who will be paying the tuition fees receives, on their personal phone, a text message (SMS) with the link and the details of the loan offer.


2023 and 2024 classes

Graduation date: 27 June, at 18:00. Write down the day and time in your diary!

Registration period: between 10 and 31 May 2024, via the online form. Don’t forget!

Place: CESAG’s Event Hall

How do I sign up? Register online and pay online by credit card using the form

Fee: 7 euros per student

Students may not attend the graduation ceremony if they have not paid the fees of the event by the dates established by the university college.

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