Bachelor's Degree in Primary School Education, with EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Concentration.

Submission of applications
January 9 to June 30, 2017.

Duration: 4 years.
Full-time study.

Study in Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 3-5

Open Days
March 11, 2017 at 10:00h

Information session
January 27, 2017 at 17:00h

Credits 240 ECTS
Places available 60, Spanish

The Early Childhood Education major is a 4 years long degreee, approved within the framework of the European Higher Education Area, that ENTITLES graduates to work as teacher in the elementary stage, with concentration in English as a Foreign Language. This is valid for public education centers as well as private and those subsidized by the State.

Comillas Pontifical University is the first Spanish university to award four-year degrees to early childhood teachers in accordance with the Bologna process.

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Four years.

Places for new admissions:


Submission of applications:

January 9th to June 30th, 2017.

Information about the documentation to submit

Open days:

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 10:00 h in Cantoblanco.

Financial information:

Course fees: €1,015.80 plus nine monthly installments of €402.60 each.

Information about study grants

Information on "Talent Education" (Educa el Talento) grants



Information point:

Information and Student Reception Office
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 21 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 540 61 32
Fax: +34 91 559 65 69
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Applicant profile:

The recommended profile for people willing to study Primary 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 Primary 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

Current secondary and pre-university education preparation courses or equivalent studies + University Admission Exam.

Degrees that give access to the Bachelor's Degree (Technicians/Specialists)
Students from foreign education systems.

University Admission Exam for Foreigners, except for students who have studied under educational systems in the EU countries, or countries that have agreements with Spain in this regard, that fulfill the academic requirements in their home countries to access university.

Students with European high-school diplomas, or students with International Baccalaureate diploma will get accredited by getting the appropriate credentials issued by the UNED.

Non EU countries, or those with whom Spain has no agreement, must go through the Government´s accreditation process.

Admission process and recruitment criteria:

The admissions tests will take place between May 5th and 14th, 2016.

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 Primary Education.

According to the agreement signed between the Autonomous Region of Madrid and the universities of Madrid, whoever fails the Spanish Language subject in the University Entrance Exam, or whoever gets lower than 9 in the final result, including the specific phase, will not be eligible to study the Bachelor's Degree in Primary 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 Primary Education.

Services for students with special needs:

Support Program for Students with Disabilities

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The Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education ENABLES graduates to work as a Teachers in the elementary education stage in public, private, and state-subsidized educational centers.

Graduates from the Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education at Comillas will be particularly well prepared to confront the problems and challenges arising from bilingual education, IT incorporation of information and communication technologies in school life, inclusive attention to diversity, collaborative openness of schools to families and their territorial and social context, and the effective learning of key instrumental subjects.

HIGH LEVEL of knowledge of English and qualification for teaching in English.

This degree program enables students to enter the regulated profession of Primary Education Teaching, under the legislation in force.

Profile after graduating

Graduates in Primary Education (6-12 years old) are eligible to work as teachers in public centers (after public examination), those subsidized by the State, as well as private schools, in Spain and all EU member countries. The degree enables graduates to teach all subjects of the period, except for Music or Physical Education.
Furthermore, they may be employed in jobs related to education: Assistant of Spanish conversation in foreign centers (summoned by the Ministry of Education), educational specialist in editorials, teacher in English academies, teacher in NGO´s, etc.

Academic career paths

Related official Master's Degrees

Structure of the bachelor's degree
  • The degree course in Primary 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).

Timetables and exam schedule
  • 240 ECTS




  • 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.
  • CGP10 - Critical and self-critical skills.
  • CGP11 - 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 Primary Education

  • CEP1 - Understand educational and learning processes in the 6-12 period, in the family, social, and school contexts.
  • CEP2 - Know the characteristics of these students, as well as the characteristics of their motivational and social contexts.
  • CEP3 - Command the necessary knowledge to understand the development of the personality of these students and identify dysfunctions.
  • CEP4 - Identify learning difficulties, report them, and cooperate in treating them.
  • CEP5 - Know current proposals and developments based on skills learning.
  • CEP6 - Identify and plan the resolution of educational situations that affect students with different skills and different learning rhythms.
  • CEP7 - Analyze and understand educational processes inside and outside the classroom relating to the 6-12 period.
  • CEP8 - Know the basics of primary education.
  • CEP9 - Analyze teaching practice and the institutional conditions that shape it.
  • CEP10 - Know the historical development of the educational system in our country and the political and legislative factors that shape educational activity.
  • CEP11 - Know about interaction and communication processes in the classroom.
  • CEP12 - Address and resolve disciplinary problems.
  • CEP13 - Promote cooperative work and individual work and effort.
  • CEP14 - Promote value educational actions aimed at preparation for an active and democratic citizenship.
  • CEP15 - Know and address school situations in multicultural contexts.
  • CEP16 - Design, plan, and evaluate the teaching activity and learning in the classroom.
  • CEP17 - Know and apply innovative experiences in primary education.
  • CEP18 - Participate in defining the educational project and in the center's general activity in accordance with quality management criteria.
  • CEP19 - Know and apply basic educational research methodologies and techniques and be able to design innovation projects identifying evaluation indicators.
  • CEP20 - Display social skills in order to understand families and make yourself understood by them.
  • CEP21 - Know and be able to exercise the functions of tutor and mentor in relation with family education in the 6-12 age-group.
  • CEP22 - Relate education with its context, and cooperate with families and the community.
  • CEP23 - Critically analyze and incorporate the most relevant questions from current society 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
  • CEP24 - Know about the historical evolution of the family, different types of families, and life styles, and education in the context of the family.
  • CEP25 - Understand the basic principles and fundamental laws of the experimental sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, and geology).
  • CEP26 - Know the school curriculum for these sciences.
  • CEP27 - Present and resolve problems associated with the sciences and daily life.
  • CEP28 - Value sciences as a cultural phenomenon.
  • CEP29 - Recognize the mutual influence between science, society, and technological development, as well as the appropriate citizen behavior, in order to ensure a sustainable future.
  • CEP30 - Develop and evaluate curriculum content through appropriate didactic resources, and promote the acquisition of basic skills by students.
  • CEP31 - Understand the basic principles of the social sciences.
  • CEP32 - Know the school curriculum for the social sciences.
  • CEP33 - Integrate historical and geographic study from an educational and cultural orientation.
  • CEP34 - Promote democratic civic education, and the practice of critical social thought.
  • CEP35 - Value the relevance of public and private institutions for peaceful coexistence between peoples.
  • CEP36 - Know about religion throughout history, and its relationship with culture.
  • CEP30 - Develop and evaluate curriculum content through appropriate didactic resources, and promote the acquisition of basic skills by students.
  • CEP38 - Acquire basic mathematical skills (number, calculus, geometry, spatial representations, estimating and measuring, organization and interpretation of information, etc).
  • CEP26 - Know the school curriculum for mathematics.
  • CEP40 - Analyze, think through, and communicate mathematical mathematical proposals.
  • CEP27 - Present and resolve problems associated with daily life.
  • CEP42 - Value the relationship between mathematics and science as one of the pillars of scientific thought.
  • CEP30 - Develop and evaluate curriculum content through appropriate didactic resources, and promote the acquisition of basic skills by students.
  • CEP44 - Understand the basic principles of the sciences of language and communication.
  • CEP45 - Acquire literary training and knowledge of children's literature.
  • CEP46 - Know the school curriculum for languages and literature.
  • CEP47 - Speak, read, and write correctly and appropriately in the languages of the Autonomous Community in question.
  • CEP48 - Know the process of learning of written language and how to teach it.
  • CEP49 - Promote reading and encourage writing.
  • CEP50 - Know the difficulties for learning official languages for students with other languages.
  • CEP51 - Handle language learning situations in multilingual contexts.
  • CEP52 - Express yourself orally and in writing in a foreign language.
  • CEP30 - Develop and evaluate curriculum content through appropriate didactic resources, and promote the acquisition of basic skills by students.
  • CEP54 - Understand the principles that contribute to cultural, personal, and social training from the arts.
  • CEP55 - Know the school curriculum for the plastic, audiovisual, and musical aspects of artistic education.
  • CEP56 - Acquire resources to encourage lifelong participation in musical and plastic activities inside and outside school.
  • CEP30 - Develop and evaluate curriculum content through appropriate didactic resources, and promote the acquisition of basic skills by students.
  • CEP54 - Understand the principles that contribute to cultural, personal, and social training from the arts.
  • CEP59 - Know the school curriculum for physical education.
  • CEP56 - Acquire resources to encourage lifelong participation in music and plastic activities inside and outside school.
  • CEP30 - Develop and evaluate curriculum content through appropriate didactic resources, and promote the acquisition of basic skills by students.
  • CEP62 - Acquire a practical knowledge of the classroom and its management.
  • CEIN60 - Know and apply interaction and communication processes in the Early Childhood classroom, as well as command of the necessary social skills and abilities to encourage a climate that facilitates learning and coexistence.
  • CEP64 - Monitor and follow up the educational process and in particular the teaching-learning process through command of the necessary techniques and strategies.
  • CEP65 - Relate theory and practice with the reality of the classroom and educational center.
  • CEP66 - Participate in the teaching activity and acquire know-how by acting and reflecting from practice.
  • CEP67 - Participate in improvement plans in the different action areas that can be established in a center.
  • CEP68 - Regulate the interaction and communication processes in groups of pupils aged from 6-12 years.
  • CEP69 - Know forms of cooperation with the different sectors of the educational community and social surroundings.

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Transport: (Timetable)
Local train: Station Universidad P. Comillas
Buses: Lines 827, 827A, 828, 714


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



Comillas has (public, private, state-subsidized), in the Community of Madrid, where students can carry out their practices.




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.
  • Pre-professional educational summer placements (two months) abroad during the degree in a foreign educational center (in Spanish or English).
  • Post-professional placement (two months) in Latin America 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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