Master’s in Special Education and Inclusive Society

General Objectives of the Course

The Master's Degree is part of the general framework of the process of building an inclusive society, (e.g. Sust. Deve. of the UN Agenda 2030) that should be translated into educational practices that respect individual differences and have as their ultimate goal the promotion of the full development of each person and their active participation in society. As the individual educational programme should be included in the class curriculum plan and in the school project, the regular education teacher and other educational agents assume a new role, whose previous academic training did not foresee.It thus seeks to be an option for graduates and masters in education, with some training and/or practice in the field of special and inclusive education, or those who want to develop new skills that they perceive as useful for their professional practice. Potential candidates are also graduates in Educ. Sciences, Educ., Psychology, Social Work, Early Childhood Educ., Speech Therapy and Sociology.

Admission Requirements

Holders of a bachelor’s degree in education sciences, education, teaching, psychology, special education and rehabilitation, social work, speech therapy, occupational therapy, socio-educational animation, sociology and related areas,
- National or international applicants holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the statutorily competent body of the institution as attesting to the ability to carry out this cycle of studies.

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

Professional Goals

The course qualifies for the exercise of functions within the scope of Special and Inclusive Education in educational structures, namely: schools, schools’ groups, other institutions (e.g. APPCDM; Child Psychiatry Service and Development Centre of the Paediatric Hospital of Coimbra).

Mode of Study

Daytime /B-learning

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Assessment, as a pedagogical activity inseparable from teaching, aims to determine the skills and knowledge acquired by students, their critical thinking, the ability to enunciate and solve problems, and their mastery of written and oral presentation. Students enrolled in the curricular units in the academic year are admitted to assessment tests and, simultaneously, enrolled in these tests when such registration is necessary.
Assessment elements are: Written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, individual or group projects, which may have to be defended orally, class presentations and participation in lectures, projects or other activities validated by the professor responsible for the curricular unit. The assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the assessment elements indicated above. The classification of each student, for each curricular unit, is rated between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain a minimum final classification of 10 points are considered approved. Whenever the assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final grade is calculated from the classifications obtained in each assessment element, through a formula made available in the annual curricular unit form, as provided for by the Academic Regulations of the University of Coimbra.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

- To train teachers and other professionals working in the field of Special and Inclusive Education, providing them with instruments and theoretical foundations that allow them to design and implement efficient and evidence-based projects
and intervention programmes.
- To qualify for the exercise of positions, functions or educational activities
- To promote the production and dissemination of knowledge, through the implementation of research projects that focus on special education and inclusive society.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Ferraz Festas

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of March 24, in the current wording

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of a set of curricular units comprising a total of 120 ECTS and which also include the completion of an internship report (54 ECTS), a dissertation or a project (54 ECTS).

Access to Further Studies

The qualification obtained provides access to further higher education qualifications, namely 3rd cycle studies.

Study Programme

Educação Especial e Sociedade Inclusiva

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: MD05

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2022-07-31 a 2028-07-30
Conselho Científico-Pedagógico de Formação Contínua
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior