Secondary Education Specialization

1.  Demonstrate the code of ethics as educators (e.g., commitment to the students).
2.  Acquire the knowledge of teaching, learning, and behavior management strategies.
3.  Make accurate and productive use of assessment.
4.  Acquire the pedagogical-content knowledge, in order to carry out an effective instruction.
5.  Identify students’ progress and emerging learning needs, in order to support students with special needs.

Applicants must meet the requirements:

1) Possess a Bachelor’s degree or academic background recognized as equivalent by the University of Macau.
2) An applicant may also be required to possess other knowledge or professional experience.

Study plan for Intakes on and after Academic Year of 2015/2016

Course Code 科目名稱 Course Title Credit Flag
Compulsory Courses (18 credits)
EDUC6001 教育導論 Introduction to Education 3 Compulsory
EDUC6002 教育心理學 Educational Psychology 3 Compulsory
EDUC6003 教師倫理 Teacher Ethics 1 Compulsory
EDUC6011 課堂評量 Classroom Assessment 1.5 Compulsory
EDUC6012 資訊科技教育 Information Technology in Education 1.5 Compulsory
EDUC6101 學生輔導 Counseling and Guidance 3 Compulsory
EDUC6102 課程與教學法 (學科教學) Curriculum and Pedagogy (Subject-based) 3 Compulsory
EDUC6004 教學實習** Teaching Practice** 2 Compulsory
Choose (6 credits) from the following Required Electives Courses
EDUC6501 教育行政 Educational Administration 3 Required Elective
EDUC6502 特殊教育 Introduction to Special Education 3 Required Elective
EDUC6503 教育研究 Educational Research 3 Required Elective
EDUC6504 教育社會學 Sociology of Education 3 Required Elective


** For in-service teachers, Teaching Practice will be based on their current teaching performance in their secondary schools.

Graduation Requirement: Total number of credits required for graduation: 24

Duration of Study: 1 year


This course aims to help students understand the general law of the human education system. From historical, theoretical and practical perspectives, the course explores (1) the fundamentals of education, (2) the relationship between education and social, political, economic and cultural developments, and (3) the relationship between education and human physical and mental developments (4) education purposes (teleology), and (5) the relationship between teachers and learners. It also discusses issues about education systems/structure, curriculums and instruction, moral education, educational management, etc.
Pre-requisite: None


Educational Psychology includes both psychology and education. The course aims to introduce theories and practices of educational psychology, which includes (1) the fundamentals of educational psychology, (2) the relationship between psychology and education, and the (3) application of educational psychology.
Pre-requisite: None


The aim of this course is to prepare students to develop teachers’ professional morality. The experience and the development of teacher’s professional morality are fully represented in the different relationships in their work, including facing themselves, their colleagues, students, students’ parents and society. The content of this course includes learning different principles of teachers’ professional ethics, and how to use and develop these theories reasonably in their teaching lives.,
Pre-requisite: None


Though classroom observing, micro-teaching, listening to their supervisors’ guidance on the design of teaching activities before their teaching practice, and discussing thoroughly their performance after teaching practice and how to improve it in the future, etc, the teacher-trainees’ teaching professional standards can be improved continuously.
Pre-requisite: None

EDUC6011 Classroom Assessment

This course focus on the necessary knowledge of classroom assessment ranging from, but not limited to, validity and reliability, functions, forms, instruments, design of various assessment tools. Both traditional assessment methods such as multiple choices, fill-in-blanks, cloze measures, essays, etc, and alternative assessment methods such as portfolio, journals, etc, will be included. Important concepts such as formative Vs summative; high Vs low steak assessment will be covered. The importance of the coherence among instructional objectives, classroom teaching and assessment will be emphasized.
Pre-requisite: None

EDUC6012 Information Technology in Education

This course, aiming to enhance students’ understanding of using information technology in teaching and learning, provide an overview of contemporary technology, with emphasis on technology relating to education in schools. It examines the current methodologies and issues in integrating different technologies in teaching and learning contexts.
Pre-requisite: None


It aims to provide in-service teachers at secondary level with basic concepts and principles of curriculum and instruction. Topics include curriculum development and implementation, teaching principles and strategies, teaching evaluation, and classroom conditions that influence teaching and learning. This course features subject based characteristics. Students will be led to discuss the issues and problems related with these topics in their subjects (such as Chinese, English, mathematics, and science). And the connection between the theories of curriculum and pedagogy and subject based teaching practice will be highlighted.
Pre-requisite: None


This course aims to introduce school counseling theories and classroom management techniques. It covers basic counseling knowledge and skills to facilitate the personal growth of teachers and their students. Furthermore, the course encourages teachers to practise their counseling skills within their school settings.
Pre-requisite: None


This course allows students to understand the basic concepts of educational administration. Students will study and discuss Macao educational acts and decrees. They will also learn the basic theories related to educational administration, such as theories with regard to motivation, leadership, communication and organizational decision-making. Attempts will be made to make this course related to the educational reality in Macao.
Pre-requisite: None


This course aims at providing students with knowledge, understanding and care of pupils with special needs so as to further their education professional knowledge and development. By means of different teaching activities, students will have better understanding of (1) definitions, characteristics and causes of pupils with various special needs; (2) educational emphases and needs of these pupils; (3) contemporary situations of special education in Macao, and skill-training and employment situations of teenagers; and (4) the latest trends in contemporary special education.
Pre-requisite: None


The main aim of this course is to enable a qualified teacher to use, understand, analyze and evaluate research outcomes. The course includes: (1) the basics of educational research, (2) structure and procedures of education research, (3) research variables, (4) hypotheses and topics,

(5) literature review, (6) on-line search, (7) sampling, (8) questionnaires, (9) correlation analyses,

(10) interviews, (11) case studies, (12) evaluation of research reports, (13) educational research ethics, etc.
Pre-requisite: None


This is an introductory course on the Sociology of Education. It provides a brief introduction to the basic sociological concepts and perspectives. By applying these concepts and perspectives, the course intends to let participants have a broad and profound understanding of Macao society and its educational system.
Pre-requisite: None

Chinese supplemented with English

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