Official Master's Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education

Submission of applications:
Start: January 8, 2018
End: October 11, 2018.

1 year (Full-time study)

Credits: 60 ECTS
Languaje: Spanish

The Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Sixth Form Teaching qualifies students to work as teachers in private and state schools at these two educational levels. The aim of this master's degree is to complete the degree training in subjects specific to the teaching profession. To this end, it provides a solid training in the psychology of adolescence, didactics, methodology, educational legislation, knowledge and use of technological resources, attention to diversity, tutoring and educational organization, all within a culture of collaboration and work in teaching teams.

Comillas ICAI-ICADE is dedicated to providing the highest quality training to future teachers, in the conviction that the training of good professionals is a guarantee to achieve the academic success of students at the secondary and sixth form levels.

Within the programme, practical experience of at least 150 hours is a cornerstone of the training of future teachers. The aim is for the master’s degree students to obtain a reflexive and critical experience of the educational praxis in the school environment through their participation in the life of the centre, always accompanied and assisted by a tutor of their speciality.

The Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Sixth Form Teaching offers 8 specialities: English, Geography and History, Language and Literature, Philosophy, Biology and Geology, Physics and Chemistry, Mathematics and Technology.

Applicant profile:

The Official Master's Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education is addressed to Graduates who wish to teach in the educational levels of Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato. Completing this programme is a mandatory requirement if you are interested in teaching in these educational stages.

The objective of this Master's Degree is completing the Graduates' training in those courses specific to the teaching profession. To do so, solid training in adolescent psychology, didactics and educational methodology and organisation will be provided, framed within the culture of collaboration and work in teaching teams.

Admission requirements:

Being in possession of a Licenciatura (four or five-year) Degree, an Architect Degree or an Engineer Degree pursuant the previous regulations no longer valid after Royal Decree RD 1393/2007.came into force. . If the student holds a Diplomatura (three-year) Degree, a Technical Architect Degree or a Technical Engineer Degree, they can access those Master programmes whose entry requirements so allow.

Students from non-Spanish-speaking countries or whose mother tongue is not Spanish must provide a certificate proving they have at least a B2 level of Spanish. If you do not hold said certificate, you must seat a level test organised by the University and pass it to be able to register in the Master's Degree.

In order to complete the Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching you must obtain those credits corresponding to the practicum. Pursuant to article 13.5 of the Act 26/2015, dated 28 July, modifying the system for the protection of children and adolescents, to undertake the practicum, it is required to submit at the University a certificate declaring that no sexual offence has been committed before the allocation of the school and the start date of the placement; the assigned school may also require said certificate to accept you as student on placement.

You may apply online for these proceedings through the following form.

For further information on this proceedings please click here.

Admission Criteria 2018-2019

Admission process and criteria:

Regarding the admission process, the following is required:


  • Being admitted by the Dean of the School or the relevant Director of the Centre, assisted by the Delegate Committee on Admissions.
  • Having applied for the programme in the appropriate manner and time, through a standard model and accompanied by all of the documents which certify the fulfilment of the entry requirements.
  • Passing the corresponding admission tests.

Support for students with additional needs:

Support Program for Students with Disabilities

Admission application filing period:

Admission application filing period for the 2017-2018 academic year is:

From January, 8 to October 11, 2018.

Information notice on the documents to be submitted

Fees for the 2019-2020 academic year:

The total fee for the Master's program is EUR 5,540.00 .

  • Full course fee and registry's administrative fees: EUR 1,964.40.
  • 8 installments of EUR 447.00 each.

Information on documents to be submitted and the Application process

Financial support:

There are official grants available, offered by the Ministry, provided that the application is submitted within the relevant period and in the correct manner.

For more information, check here.

  • Comillas Pontifical University alumni may benefit from a 10% discount over the total Master's fees.
  • 5% discount is available to students enrolled in a course with entities that have a collaboration agreement in place with the ICE.


One academic year


Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 9 and one Wednesday per month (in principle at the same time).

Attendance mode:

Face-to-face classes on a full-time basis.



Classes begin on:

October 2018.

More information:

You can find the answer to any queries on the FAQs Page and on this link you can see the interview with the Master's Course Director answering questions on various aspects for those interested in our Master's program.

(*) Only the specialization options with more than 10 students enrolled will be offered.

Master's Course Director:

Prof. José Manuel Vázquez Romero
Tel.: 91 734 39 50
(Ext. 2510)
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Master's Course Coordinator:

Isabel Muñoz San Roque
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David Casillas Hidalgo 
Tel. 91 734 39 50 (Ext. 2528) 
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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
C/ Universidad Comillas 3
28049 Madrid.

Skill-related objectives:

  • Knowing the content on the curriculum of the subject to be taught in compulsory secondary and pre-university education.
  • Learning how to plan, develop and evaluate the teaching and learning process.
  • Developing skills for oral, written and digital communication, and the ability to apply them to teaching
  • Knowing the curriculum of the relevant subject
  • Acquiring the strategies to encourage effort and enhance their ability for learning
  • Learning how to organize curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Learning how to perform the role of tutor with students and their families
  • Knowing the rules and organizational framework of the education system
  • Knowing the characteristics of students with special educational needs, their requirements and most appropriate care strategies in each case
  • Learning how to create teaching and educational materials using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and how to use them appropriately in the classroom
  • Being able to design the Program of Academic and Vocational Guidance (PAOP in Spanish) and the Tutorial Action Plan (PAT in Spanish)

Providing support to students:

Throughout the course, the students will be in contact with the Master's Course Director, Coordinator and Teaching Placement Supervisor in order to facilitate academic tasks and guide the students throughout the learning process on issues related to both their studies and their teaching placement.


The methodology applied in the Master's Degree combines masterclasses, presentation of contents, reading and text analysis on relevant topics with supervised student work, collaborative work, practical projects and application projects. This methodology focuses on the student's ability to develop different strategies, identification and solving techniques of the various problematic situations presented. Practical work is also carried out to develop teaching skills related to the transfer of knowledge, tutoring and support for students with additional needs.


  • CGI1 - Analysis and synthesis capacity.
  • CGI2 - Problem solving.
  • CGI3 - Organisation and planning capacity.
  • CGI4 - Ability to manage information from different sources.
  • CGI5 - Basic general knowledge on the study area.
  • CGI6 - Oral and written communication skills in the student’s own language.
  • CGP7 - Interpersonal skills.
  • CGP8 - Teamwork.
  • CGP9 - Critical and self-critical capacity.
  • 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 the religious fact and Christian values.


  • CET1 - Being aware of the students' characteristics, their social contexts and motivations.
  • CET2 - Understanding the development of the personality of these students 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 and planning the resolution of educational situations affecting students with different capacities and learning paces.
  • CET5 - Knowing the interaction and communication processes in the classroom and at the school, tackling and solving potential problems.
  • CET6 - Knowing the historical evolution of the educational system in our country.
  • CET7 - Knowing and applying resources and strategies of information, tutoring and professional and academic guidance.
  • CET8 - Promoting emotional education actions in citizenship training and values.
  • CET9 - Participating in the definition of the education project and general activities of the school, taking into account criteria for quality improvement, attention to diversity, prevention of learning and coexistence problems.
  • CET10 - Relating education with the environment and understanding the educational role of the family and the community, both in the acquisition of skills and knowledge and in the education in the respect of rights and freedoms, in equal rights and opportunities for men and women and in equal treatment and non-discrimination of people with disabilities.
  • CET11 - Knowing the historical evolution of the family, the different types of families and the incidence of the family context in education.
  • CET12 - Acquiring social skills in the family relationship and guidance.
  • CET13 - Knowing the teaching and cultural value of subjects corresponding to the specialisation and contents taught in each educational level.
  • CET14 - Knowing the history and recent developments in the subjects and their prospects to be able to provide a dynamic view of same.
  • 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 - Knowing the theoretical and practical developments of teaching and learning in the corresponding subject.
  • CET18 - Transforming curricula into activities and work programmes.
  • CET19 - Acquiring criteria to select and prepare teaching materials.
  • CET20 - Promoting an environment that facilitates learning and encourages student feedback.
  • CET21 - Integrating training in audiovisual communication and multimedia 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 teaching innovative proposals in the area of teaching-learning for the corresponding subject.
  • CET24 - Critically analysing the performance of teaching, of good practices and guidance using quality indicators.
  • CET25 - Identifying those programmes related to the teaching and learning of the corresponding subject and proposing alternatives and solutions.
  • CET26 - Knowing and applying basic methodologies and techniques in educational research and assessment.
  • CET27 - Being able to design and develop research, innovation and assessment projects.
  • CET28 - Gaining experience in the planning, teaching and assessment of subjects corresponding to the specialisation.
  • CET29 - Proving a good command of the oral and written expression in the teaching practice.
  • CET30 - Mastering the necessary social skills and abilities to promote an environment that facilitates learning and coexistence.
  • CET31 - Participating in the improvement proposals in the different action areas from the reflection based on practise.

This Master's Degree is composed of 60 ECTS, 10 ECTS of which correspond to the Practicum and 6 ECTS to the Final Project. 

Structure of the programme:

The structure of the Master's Degree programme includes those subjects established by the corresponding Regulation Orders. 

Syllabus with specialisations in Biology and Geology, Philosophy, Physics and Chemistry, Geography and History, English, Spanish language and Literature, Mathematics and Technology (Order ECI/3858/2007 of 27 December).

Class time schedule:

Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 9 and one Wednesday per month (in principle at the same time).



General University Academic Calendar

M1. Learning and personality development 10 A1. Learning and personality development



A2. Student tutorials and guidance 4
A3. Fostering diversity, interculturality and inclusive education 3
M2. Educational processes and contexts 5 A4. Educational processes and contexts 3
A5. Models of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial attitudes 2
M3. Society, family and education 3 A6. Society, family and education 3
M4. Complements for disciplinary education 5 A7. Complements for disciplinary education in the specialization (depending on the chosen specialization)
- Biology and Geology
- Philosophy
- Physics and Chemistry
- Geography and History
- English
- Spanish Language and Literature
- Mathematics
- Technology
M5. Learning and teaching a subject 15 A8. Learning and teaching a subject (depending on the chosen specialization)
- Biology and Geology
- Philosophy
- Physics and Chemistry
- Geography and History
- English
- Spanish Language and Literature
- Mathematics
- Technology
A9 .General Teaching: Planning, methods and evaluation of learning and skills 4
A10. Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication 5
M6. Innovative teaching and introduction to educational research 6 A11. Innovative teaching and educational quality 3
A12. Introduction to educational research 3
M7. Prácticum 16 A13. Prácticum* 10
A14. Final Master's Project or Dissertation 6


The Practicum can be made in extensive and intensive mode. The first one is developed from November to March/April and the second one is developed during 5 weeks on a full-time basis (check with the Master's Degree Director). A university supervisor and a tutor from the assigned school will ensure the smooth functioning of the Practicum.

During the placement at the academic centre, the student will gain experience in the performance of various tasks, from the planning of lessons, assessments, drafting of improvement proposals and active participation with the teaching staff to the practical application of certain methodologies specific to each subject.

Final master's project or dissertation:

To carry out the final Master's project or dissertation, the students may choose between the following options:

  • Developing an annual educational program including at least two teaching units and a learning guide containing a full subject on the specialization that they have studied
  • Designing an Innovation and Improvement Project under the specialization studied
  • Design a Research project

The Teaching Placement of the Master's Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education takes place in schools within the Region of Madrid that cover Compulsory Secondary And Pre-University Education levels.

These schools recognized centers for teaching placements through agreements between the education authorities and the University. These are face to face and supervised by university lecturers and by teachers qualified in these education levels. In addition to spending time at the schools, the teaching placement includes ongoing supervision by a University lecturer.

The supervision of teaching placements —an integral part of our University's realm of action— was included in the curriculum, in addition to the compulsory teaching placement hours, offering a space for pedagogical reflection so that the students can make the most out of their experience in schools through experience-sharing sessions between them, sessions on specific aspects of teaching, clarifying doubts, discussions on ethical issues, etc.

The students on the Master's Degree would need a minimum of 150 hours —spread over 5 weeks— to carry out their teaching placement (around 6 hours a day, every day of the week), in January, February and March.

However, students wishing to complete more hours of teaching placement may continue to attend the school in the remaining weeks of the course. First they must speak with the tutor and agree on the times and days when they will be attending the school in the remaining weeks.

The training activities carried out as part of the Teaching Placement, among others, are as follows:

  • Shadowing the teacher-tutor in their different roles in the classroom and in the school (early days).
  • Gradual involvement into the teacher's regular activities at compulsory secondary education and also at pre-university education level; teaching at least one teaching unit and integrating into school life
  • Individual interviews with supervision from the lecturer or tutor.
  • Individual and group interviews with the university's tutor-supervisor.
  • Working seminars conducted in small groups of students on "ad hoc" issues related to the contents of the Teaching Placement.
  • Online Forum on the experiences of the students in the Teaching Placement.

Additional information:

This Official Master's Degree gives access to PhD studies according to current regulations and enables the student to work as a teacher in the levels of Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO) and Bachillerato (non-compulsory secondary education), Vocational Training and Official Language Schools. This programme is an essential requirement to teach at these two educational levels from the academic year 2009-2010.

Graduate profile

Graduates of the Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching are professionals with a solid training that combines psycho-pedagogical, educational, methodological and technological knowledge with a motivating teaching style that allows both the comprehensive attention for students from ESO, Bachillerato, Vocational Training and Official Language Schools and the work in teaching teams and individual and family tutoring. This profile has been analysed by the different Monitoring Commissions of the Master's Degree.

Within this competence framework, the programme is aimed at the following career areas:

  • Private, private subsidised and public education centres where Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato are taught.
  • Private, private subsidised and public education centres where Vocational Training is taught.
  • Official Language Schools
  • Accessibility and closeness of the teaching staff.
  • High degree of satisfaction expressed by students.
  • Teaching quality of the active teaching-learning process.
  • Exclusive placement opportunities.
  • Personalised monitoring and supervision of the student.
  • Extracurricular activities (talks, conferences, organised visits, etc.).
  • Prestige of the institution and of its postgraduate training opportunities.

No exchange opportunities are available but there is the possibility to do a placement outside Spain. In order to do an international placement, in most selection processes, the student needs to apply for the placement between September and December, with a view to develop it the following summer (2019). Investment banking and most of the foreign global banking refer to this type of summer placements and with the same processes. The majority of these processes do not require a university agreement. The level of English required is C1.2 or C2.


The Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching has 9 specialisations: English, Geography and History, Spanish language and Literature, Philosophy, Biology and Geology, Physics and Chemistry, Mathematics, Technology and Educational Guidance.

The Official Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching is addressed to Graduates who wish to teach in the educational levels of Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato. Completing this programme is a mandatory requirement if you are interested in teaching in these educational stages.

The Practicum of the Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching is developed between January, February and March in academic centres in the Region of Madrid offering the stages of Compulsory Secondary Education and/or Bachillerato.

In addition to the Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching there are other related programmes you may also be interested in.

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