Training Course in Parental Education

General Objectives of the Course

The main objectives of the course are the following:
- Recognizing Parental Education as a means of promoting positive parenthood;
- Acknowledging the implications of positive and negative parenthood for the development of children/young adults;
- Recognizing the specifics of different types of families for the definition of Parental Education responses;
- Acknowledging the national and international political framework for the promotion of positive parenthood;
- Recognizing the importance of developing formal and informal networks for supporting positive parenthood;
- Acknowledging features and skills of the parental educator that affect the quality of the Parental Education interventions;
- Acknowledging different programs from different intervention programs/modes in Parental Education.

Admission Requirements

Holders of a Bachelor's or Master´s Degree, preferably in the areas of Psychology, Educational Sciences, Social Work, Social Education, Education, Youth Work / Sociocultural, Medicine, Nursing, Law.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The final classification consists of the weighted average of the grades obtained on modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Students at the end of the course should be able to: • learn to identify the key characteristics of positive parenting; • learn to identify parental behaviors risk to the achievement of positive parenting; • learn to identify the elements needed to develop successful interventions in parental education, particularly in terms of parenting skills educator; • learn to frame proposals for intervention of parental Education in the framework of current policies to promote positive parenting.

Course Coordinator(s)

Madalena Moutinho Alarcão Silva

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Regulation n. º 339/2012, published in Official Gazette no. 152, 2. Grade, August 7th (Regulation of Creation and Operation of non-degree courses at the UC)

Graduation Requirements

At the end of the course, students must be able to:
- identify the most important features of positive parenthood;
- identify parental behaviors that pose a risk for positive parenthood;
- identify the required elements for developing successful Parental Education interventions, namely as regards the skills of the parental educator;
- establish a framework for Parental Education intervention proposals in the context of the current policies for promoting positive parenthood.

Study Programme

Parental Education

Academic year

Course Type
Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 81 HORAS

ECTS Credits: 3.0


Call for Applications (only in portuguese)



1st Quarterial
Start date: 08-03-2016
End date: 31-03-2016
2nd Quarterial
Start date: 01-04-2016
End date: 30-04-2016
3rd Quarterial
Start date: 02-05-2016
End date: 31-05-2016