Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, with EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Concentration

Submission of applications:
Start: November 24, 2017
End: June 29, 2018

4 years (Full-time study)

Credits: 240 ECTS
Places available: 80, Spanish/English

If you're one of those people who are convinced that children aged 0-6 years must learn to observe the world, have the opportunity to be creative and take advantage of the environment around them to learn almost without realising it, then the Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education is just what you're looking for.

Graduate studies in Early Childhood Education with the EFL Concentration: English is included as a four-year degree, which qualifies the graduate to work as a teacher in Early Education at public, semi-private and private schools.

Over the course of the programme you'll learn to transmit important skills like language, movement, the ability to relate with children, conflict-resolution and progressive independence.

Moreover, if you wish you can also obtain the Ecclesiastical Declaration of Academic Proficiency (DECA), holders of which may teach Religion.


4 years.

Places for new admissions:


Submission of applications:

November 24 to June 29, 2018

Information about the documentation to submit

Open days:

March 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Information sessions

13 de abril 2018

Financial information:

Course fees: €1.036,20 plus nine monthly installments of €411 each.

Information about study grants

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Applicant profile:

The recommended profile for people willing to study Early Childhood Education is someone who believes in education as the ideal medium to change individuals' lives, as well as the development of societies.

Students who start this program should be strongly motivated to discover the processes of teaching and learning. These are the basis for personal growth of the pupils, aged 0-6, with whom teachers will be dealing with, along their careers. Future Early Childhood Education students must have the following characteristics: a wide range of cultural, educational, psychological, and social interests; eagerness to understand human beings to the highest degree possible; and they must reasonably trust that educational intervention, in both formal and informal settings, can decisively contribute to the well-being of people. The Bachelor's Degree holds a strong pedagogical basis, didactic specializations and teaching practice in educational centers.

Admission requirements:

To begin your studies is a prerequisite condition prove you accomplish with the legal requirements of access to the University.

Admission process and recruitment criteria:

Admission tests will take place between November 24th and June 29th, 2018.

They include four segments: evaluation of the academic record, a personal interview with one of the major's lecturers, an English-level test, and an essay in Spanish.

In order to assess the applicant's academic record, we will use High School GPA (grades for 3rd and 4th years of Compulsory Secondary Education, ESO, and current secondary and pre-university courses), or the equivalent for other backgrounds. The personal interview follows a standard pattern. It will pay particular attention to the aspects of the applicant's academic record and motivation that make him or her eligible for the major. The English test has a written section (“Use of English”), and a listening section ("Listening"). Finally, the essay in Spanish will be on a current educational topic, and the applicant's personal motivation to study Early Childhood Education.

Each of these elements will be graded from 1 to 10. The final score (average) in the admission tests will be calculated: academic record (30%), interview (30%), English test (30%), and essay (10%). A minimum score of 5 is required in each section. The final decision to be admitted will depend on the number of places available, and the other candidates' scores.

The Head of Studies, and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, for the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, are in charge of the admission process in Early Childhood Education.

The dates of publication of the lists of admitted would be the following:

  • 1st list of admitted: February 23, 2018

  • 2nd list of admitted: March 23, 2018

  • 3rd list of admitted: April 20, 2018

  • 4th list of admitted: May 25, 2018

  • 5th list of admitted: June 22, 2018

  • 6th list of admitted: July 20, 2018

Services for students with special needs:

'Support Program for Students with Disabilities'


The degree course in Early Childhood Education is based around a cycle of four years with 240 ECTS (60 per year).

The qualification is part of the Social and Legal Sciences branch of knowledge.

On this course, 31 ECTS are delivered entirely in English, corresponding to the following modules: Classroom English I, Classroom English II, Content and Language Integrated Learning I, Content and Language Integrated Learning II, and Foreign Language Teaching (English).
This set of credits comprises the 'Teacher in the bilingual classroom' module, specifically intended to ensure that graduates from this Comillas degree have received training to be teachers who are able to lead and support the incorporation of bilingual education in schools and classrooms. Its duration and importance mean that it can be classed as a specific CONCENTRATION on this Degree.

With the Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, it is possible to continue with postgraduate studies (official master's and doctorate).



  • 240 ECTS


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Career prospects

  • Studies in Early Childhood Education ENABLE graduates to practice as Early Childhood teachers at Early Childhood level at public, charter and private schools.
  • Graduates of Early Childhood Education at Comillas will be particularly prepared to face the problems and challenges arising from multilingual education, the incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies into school life, the inclusive attitude to diversity, the collaborative openness of schools to families and the territorial and social context of efficient learning from basic material instruments.
  • HIGH LEVEL of English and qualification for teaching English.

This qualification enables practice of the profession of Early Childhood Education Teacher in accordance with the current legislation

Students of the Early Childhood Education from Comillas are prepared to practice in Spain and the European Union as:

  • Early Childhood tutor teacher.
  • Bilingual Early Childhood teacher (with corresponding accreditation).
  • Early Childhood English teacher.
  • Early Childhood Catholic Religion teacher, if they have completed the Ecclesiastic Declaration of Academic Skills (DECA).

The Foreign Language concentration in English along with the advanced scientific and didactic training are advantages when it comes to seeking work and rapid professional insertion.

Graduate profile

The Early Childhood Education graduate can work as a teacher at public (through the oposición public service exams system), charter and private educational centres in Spain and in EU Member States in the Early Childhood Education phase (0-6 years). In adition they may occupy other related professional positions in education: such as Spanish conversation assistant in schools abroad (managed by the Ministry of Education), education specialist at publishing companies, as teachers in English academies and as teachers in the institutions of NGOs, etc.

Academic prospects

Related official Master's Degrees

Placements in all years of the course

The teaching practice for the Education (Early Childhood and Primary) programs at Comillas takes place in all years of the degree and, in total, are equivalent to a period of almost an entire academic year in the centers. The experience acquired ensures professional development and is of great use when seeking work.



Comillas has an extensive network of educational centers (public, private, state-subsidized), in the Community of Madrid where its students can carry out their placements.



The Comillas International Teaching option on the degrees in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education is a free elective for students and consists of four components:

  • A foreign placement lasting one academic year. (See countries and centers)
  • Pre-professional educational summer placements (two months) abroad during the degree in a foreign center (in Spanish or English).
  • Post-professional placement (two months) on completion of the degree.
  • Curriculum placements in Madrid, in the 4th year, in a bilingual international school.

Anyone who has completed the period of an academic year abroad and has carried out pre and/or post professional placements will receive a certifying diploma from the university.


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  • CGI1 - Ability to Analyze and synthesize.
  • CGI2 - Problem solving.
  • CGI3 - Ability to organize and plan.
  • CGI4 - Ability to manage information from several sources.
  • CGI5 - General basic knowledge of the area of study.
  • CGI6 - Oral and written communication skills in the native language.


  • CGP7 - Interpersonal skills.
  • CGP8 - Team work.
  • CGP9 - Critical and self-critical skills.
  • CGP10 - Ethical commitment.


  • CGS11 - Ability to learn.
  • CGS12 - Ability to adapt to new situations.
  • CGS13 - Ability to work autonomously.
  • CGS14 - Interest in quality.
  • CGS15 - Understanding the cultures and traditions of other countries.
  • CGS16 - Understanding religion and Christian values.




  • CEC1 - Ability to understand the complexity of educational processes in general and of the teaching-learning processes in particular.
  • CEC2 - A solid scientific-cultural grounding.
  • CEC3 - Ability to organize teaching making integrated use of the disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and multidisciplinary knowledge appropriate to the educational level in question.
  • CEC4 - Ability to use and adequately incorporate information and communication technologies in teaching-learning activities.
  • CEC5 - Ability to promote the quality in the situations (classroom and center) where the educational process takes place, in order to guarantee the well-being of pupils.
  • CEC6 - Ability to use evaluation as a regulatory and promotional element for improving learning and teaching.
  • CEC7 - Ability to perform educational duties in the framework of inclusive education.
  • CEC8 - Capacity to carry out the role of tutor, guiding students and parents, and coordinating the educational activities relating to the group of students.
  • CEC9 - Ability to cooperate with different sectors of the educational community and the wider community.
  • CEC10 - Capable of having a realistic self-image and of self regulation.
  • CEC11 - Ability to accept the need for continuous professional development, through self evaluation of your own practice.
  • CEC12 - Capable of creating positive expectations regarding the learning and overall progress of the child.
  • CEC13 - Capable of accepting the Christian dimension of life and acting in accordance with it.
  • CEC14 - Basic knowledge of the teaching profession.
  • CEC15 - Able to use a second language in the context of the classroom (English-Level B2).
  • CEC16 - Able to generate new ideas (creativity) while performing educational duties.

Specific to Early Childhood Education

  • CEIN1 - Understand the educational and learning processes in the 0-6 period, in the family, social, and school contexts.
  • CEIN2 - Knowledge of the stages of childhood developmental psychology in the 0-3 and 3-6 periods.
  • CEIN3 - Know the basics of early care and promote this strategy to detect and respond to developmental and learning difficulties in the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN4 - Recognize the identity of the Early Childhood Education stage and its cognitive characteristics, as well as its psycho-motor, communicative, social, and affective characteristics.
  • CEIN5 - Know how to promote the acquisition of habits in the 0-6 period based around independence, liberty, curiosity, observation, experimentation, imitation, accepting rules and limits, and symbolic and heuristic play.
  • CEIN6 - Know the pedagogic dimension of interaction with peers and adults in the 0-6 age-group, and be able to promote participation in collective activities, cooperative work and individual effort in this period.
  • CEIN7 - Identify learning difficulties and cognitive dysfunctions in the 0-6 period, in particular difficulties relating to attention.
  • CEIN8 - Know how to notify other specialist professionals and promote collaboration between the center and the early childhood education teacher in attention to the special educational needs that arise.
  • CEIN9 - Acquire the resources to promote the educational integration of pupils with difficulties in the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN10 - Create and maintaining communication links with families in order to influence effectively the educational process in the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN11 - Know and be able to exercise the functions of tutor and mentor during the early childhood education stage in relation to family education.
  • CEIN12 - Promote and collaborate in actions inside and outside the school, organized by families, councils, and other institutions with an impact on civic education during the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN13 - Critically analyze and incorporate the most relevant current social issues that affect family and school education in the early childhood education stage: social and educational impact of audiovisual languages and screens; changes in gender and intergenerational relations; multiculturalism and interculturality; discrimination and social inclusion; and sustainable development.
  • CEIN14 - Know about the historical evolution of the family, different types of families, and life styles, and education in the context of the family.
  • CEIN15 - Know the basic principles of healthy development and behavior during the early childhood education stage.
  • CEIN16 - Identify sleep, diet, psycho-motor development, attention, and hearing and vision disorders in the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN17 - Collaborate with specialist professionals to resolve these disorders in the early childhood education stage.
  • CEIN18 - Detect emotional, dietary, and welfare deficiencies that affect the appropriate physical and psychiatric development of pupils aged between zero and six.
  • CEIN19 - Understand that the daily dynamic in early childhood education changes depending on each pupil, group, and situation, and know how to be flexible when exercising the role of teacher.
  • CEIN20 - Value the importance of stability and regularity in the school environment, timetables, and the moods of the teachers as factors that contribute to the harmonious and comprehensive progress of pupils.
  • CEIN21 - Know how to work in a team with other professionals from inside and outside the center to help each student, as well as in the planning of learning sequences and in organizing working situations in the classroom and play area, identifying the particular features of the 0-3 period and the 3-6 period.
  • CEIN22 - Attend to the needs of pupils aged from zero to six, transmitting security, tranquility, and warmth to them.
  • CEIN23 - Understand that systematic observation is a basic instrument for being able to reflect on practice and reality, as well as contributing to innovation and improvement in early childhood education.
  • CEIN24 - Command the techniques for observing and recording educational activities, particularly in the early childhood education stage.
  • CEIN25 - Undertake field analysis (especially in the area of early childhood education) with observational methodology, using information technologies, documentation, and audiovisual materials.
  • CEIN26 - Know how to analyze the data obtained, critically understand reality (above all in the field of early childhood education), and prepare a report with conclusions.
  • CEIN27 - Locating the early childhood school within the Spanish education system, and in the European and international contexts.
  • CEIN28 - Know Spanish and international experiences, and examples of innovative practices in early childhood education.
  • CEIN29 - Value the importance of team work, especially in the area of early childhood education.
  • CEIN30 - Participate in the preparation and monitoring of educational projects in early childhood education in the framework of center-based projects, and in collaboration with colleagues and other professionals and social agents.
  • CEIN31 - Know the legislation that regulates early childhood schools and their organization.
  • CEIN32 - Evaluate personal relationships with each pupil and his or her family as a quality educational factor in the zero to six period.
  • CEIN33 - Know the scientific, mathematical and technological bases of the curriculum for the 0-6 stage, as well as theories about the acquisition and development of the corresponding knowledge.
  • CEIN34 - Know the didactic strategies for developing numerical representations and notions of spatial, geometric, and logical development in the zero to six age-group.
  • CEIN35 - Understanding mathematics as sociocultural knowledge and its particular features in the Early Childhood Education stage.
  • CEIN36 - Know scientific methodology and promotion of scientific thinking and experimentation in the zero to six year-old period.
  • CEIN37 - Acquire knowledge of the development of thought, customs, beliefs, and social and political movements throughout history.
  • CEIN38 - Know the most outstanding moments in the history of the sciences, and techniques and their significance, as well as whether they have an influence on the learning of the content related to all of this in the early childhood stage.
  • CEIN39 - Prepare didactic proposals in relation with the interaction between science, technology, society, and sustainable development, appropriate to the Early Childhood Education stage.
  • CEIN40 - Promoting interest and respect for the natural, social, and cultural environment through didactic projects appropriate for ages from zero to six.
  • CEIN41 - Promote experiences to introduce pupils to information and communication technologies throughout the early childhood education stage.
  • CEIN42 - Know the language and reading and writing curricula for this stage of early childhood education, as well as theories on the acquisition and development of the corresponding knowledge.
  • CEIN43 - Promote speaking and writing skills between the ages of zero and six.
  • CEIN44 - Know and have command of oral and written expression techniques as the basis of the teaching task.
  • CEIN45 - Know the oral tradition and folklore, and their applicability to learning in the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN46 - Understand the move from speech to writing, and know the different registers and uses of language to use this knowledge in the activities appropriate to the early childhood education stage.
  • CEIN47 - Know the process of learning to read and write, and their teaching.
  • CEIN48 - Confront language learning situations in multilingual settings with particular attention to the factors relating to the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN49 - Recognize and evaluate the appropriate use of verbal and non-verbal language in the early childhood education stage.
  • CEIN50 - Know and adequately use resources for promoting reading and writing in the zero to six years period.
  • CEIN51 - Acquire literary training, in particular young children's literature.
  • CEIN52 - Be able to encourage a first approximation to a foreign language before the age of six.
  • CEIN53 - Know the music, art and crafts, and bodily expression bases of the curriculum for this stage of Early Childhood Education, as well as theories on the acquisition and development of the corresponding knowledge.
  • CEIN54 - Know and use songs to promote auditory, rhythmic, and vocal education in the zero to six years of age period.
  • CEIN55 - Knowing how to use play as a didactic resource in early childhood, as well as designing learning activities based on play principles.
  • CEIN56 - Develop didactic plans that encourage musical perception and expression, motor skills, drawing, and creativity in the zero to six year-old period.
  • CEIN57 - Analyze audiovisual languages and their educational implications in the Early Childhood Education stage.
  • CEIN58 - Promote sensitivity regarding plastic expression and artistic creation in the early childhood age.
  • CEIN59 - Acquire a practical knowledge of the zero to six classroom and its management.
  • CEIN60 - Know interaction and communication processes and apply them in the early childhood classroom, as well as have a command of the necessary social skills and abilities to encourage a climate that facilitates learning and coexistence.
  • CEIN61 - Monitor and track the educational process and, in particular, teaching and learning, through the command of the necessary techniques and strategies in the zero to six year age-group.
  • CEIN62 - Relate theory and practice with the reality of the classroom and early childhood educational center.
  • CEIN63 - Participate in teaching activities and acquire know-how, acting and reflecting from practice, with particular attention to the factors relating to the 0-6 period.
  • CEIN64 - Participate in suggestions for improvement in the different areas of action that can be established in a center, especially in relation to the characteristics of the early childhood education stage.
  • CEIN65 - Regulate interaction and communication processes in groups of pupils aged from 0-3 and from 3-6 years.
  • CEIN66 - Know forms of collaboration with the different sectors of the educational community and the social surrounding, with particular attention to the needs of the 0-6 age-group.
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