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Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education (also in Basque)


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Competences and job opportunities

The marked professional training nature of this undergraduate degree and the current labour environment mean that the chief career path for holders of this qualification is clearly teaching at Primary Education level. Other career paths are, however, also open to graduates.

A combination of socio-psychological pedagogical training, a grounding in teaching different subjects and practical experience in schools places Primary Education graduates in an ideal situation when it comes to addressing projects which, while not necessarily directly linked to schools, are related to educational matters, particularly when aimed at pre-adolescents.

The education provided at schools is not confined to classroom teaching hours, but also involves numerous activities which, even when extra-curricular, are still of a highly educational nature. An increasing number of institutions and organisations work to some extent in the field of education and develop educational initiatives: parks, zoos, museums, art and sports associations, theatres, etc. Education also involves economic activities such as creating and distributing auxiliary material, teaching aids, text books, computer software, etc.

Given the specific educational nature of all these areas, it is clear that Primary Education graduates can find job opportunities in these sectors, all of which require input from properly trained professionals.

The degree course involves the acquisition of the following basic competences:

·        To demonstrate, possess and understand the specific knowledge required for Primary Education, following on from the Secondary education received, with the support of advanced text books and including knowledge of educational research.

·        To know how to apply this knowledge in real professional situations and possess skills which are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments, and resolving problems in the field of education.

·        The ability to compile and interpret relevant information concerning education in order to voice opinions which include reflection on relevant themes of a social, scientific or ethical nature.

·        The ability to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

·        To develop those learning skills required in order to undertake further studies with a considerable degree of self-reliance.

Students also acquire:

- The general competences relevant to the qualification, as defined in ORDER ECI/3857/2007, of 27 December, establishing the requirements for the verification of official university qualifications entitling holders to work as Primary School Teachers.

- The transversal competences common to all degree courses at the Public University of Navarre.

- The specific competences relevant to the qualification, associated with both socio-psychological pedagogical training and teaching specific subjects.


See the complete list of competences (basic, general, transversal and specific) here.

The Undergraduate degree report explains how each of the module types (Basic; Teaching, Placement and Option) contributes to the acquisition of these competences.


Application and Admission

In order to apply for and carry out the work involved in the Undergraduate Degree in Primary Education, students should:

·        Be mature and balanced, and interested in ensuring the well-being and psychological stability of individuals, groups or communities.

·        Be particularly interested in discovering, exploring and analysing human behaviour.

·        Have a desire for personal advancement and responsibility, and a sense of ethics.

·        Be sensitive to the cultural diversity present in modern-day society.

·        Be interested in and have a flair for interpersonal communication and group leadership.

·        Have a sensitivity for language, particularly for the use of second languages, having achieved good grades in secondary education. See themselves as people interested in culture and the construction of knowledge on the basis of curriculum options.

·        Have a capacity for synthesis, analysis, induction and deduction.

Find out about registering for this degree here:http://www1.unavarra.es/estudios/acceso-y-matricula


Language Competence

Co-official languages

Regarding the Community’s co-official languages, in this Undergraduate degree course:

1.      students studying in Spanish study Spanish to level C1 and study Basque from level 0 or as of the level acquired before starting university.

2.      students studying in Basque are bilingual Basque-Spanish students and study both Spanish and Basque to the required C1 level.

Foreign languages

A professional command of at least one foreign language is now particularly important for all university students and especially so for future school teachers. Consequently, all official Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees require level B1, according to the common European framework of reference for languages.

This is particularly relevant in the Infant and Primary Education Degree courses. Growing demand in the education system for teachers with marked linguistic profiles calls for an additional effort to ensure a level which will allow future teachers to operate independently.

It is also necessary to ensure that some students acquire a sufficient level in order not only to teach foreign languages, but also to teach subjects in languages other than their own. This objective is achieved by acquiring the specialism in foreign language.

Two languages are available: English and French. Student may choose one or the other, or even take both if they so wish.


Competencia lingüística

Lenguas cooficiales

En el estudio de Grado, y en lo que respecta a las lenguas cooficiales de la Comunidad:

  1. el alumnado que estudia en lengua castellana estudia dicha lengua hasta alcanzar un nivel C1 y estudia lengua vasca desde el nivel cero o bien desde el nivel adquirido según su trayectoria preuniversitaria.
  2. el alumnado que estudia en lengua vasca es un alumnado bilingüe euskera-castellano y estudia lengua castellana y lengua vasca hasta alcanzar el preceptivo nivel C1.

Lenguas extranjeras

El dominio profesional de al menos una lengua extranjera tiene en la actualidad una particular relevancia para todo universitario y, en particular, la tiene para el futuro maestro. Por ello, en todas las titulaciones oficiales de Grado y Máster es exigible obligatoriamente un nivel B1, según el Marco común europeo de referencia para las lenguas.

Este aspecto es especialmente relevante en los Grados de Maestro en Eduación Infantil y Primaria. La demanda creciente del sistema educativo de docentes con un marcado perfil lingüístico exige un esfuerzo adicional que garantice un nivel que permita a los futuros maestros desenvolverse de manera independiente.

Asimismo, es preciso garantizar que un grupo de estudiantes adquieran además un nivel suficiente para que puedan, además de enseñar una lengua extranjera, transmitir conocimientos de cualquier disciplina en una lengua distintita a la materna. Este objetivo último objetivo se logra mediante la adquisición de la mención en lengua extranjera.

Se ofertan dos idiomas: inglés y frances. El alumnado podrá elegir indistintamente uno u otro e, incluso, de forma opcional quien lo desee podrá cursar los dos idiomas.


Estructura y planificación temporal de la enseñanza


Final year project

The Final Year Project facilitates overall evaluation of the competences relevant to the degree, condensing the training provided in all the different modules.

The project should be based on research as applied to educational innovation and focus on a specific component of the Primary Education curriculum and/or a contribution to the field of socio-psychological pedagogy and/or specific teaching approaches; it may centre particularly on the teaching problems involved in the Specialism being studied by the student.


Minimum number of enrolment credits

The Public University of Navarre caters for three types of student:

·        Fulltime students: enrolment in a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 42 ECTS credits per semester. A semester is the equivalent of 18-20 weeks.

·        Part-time students: enrolment in a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 24 ECTS credits per semester.

·        Reduced-timetable students: a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 credits per semester. -The existence of students with special educational needs may give rise to consideration on the basis of case-by-case analysis.


Teaching languages used

The degree course can be taken entirely in Spanish or entirely in Basque

Students studying in Spanish, however, may take some modules in Basque, depending on availability


Support and monitoring

Find out all about academic matters (entry pathways, scholarships/grants, administrative procedures) in the Student Information Office

The Public University student support programme, the Tutorship Plan, assists students throughout their time at the university. 


Información sobre reconocimiento y transferencia de créditos

Ubicación en el campus

Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
Edificio de Los Magnolios.
Campus de Arrosadia
31006 Pamplona-Iruña
Tel. (+34) 948 16 94 28
Fax. (+34) 948 16 94 63
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