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Master’s degree in Secondary Education Teaching

Prepare yourself to be a teacher in Secondary Education at any of its stages: ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education), Baccalaureate, Professional Training and Official Language Schools in Basque, English, French or Spanish as a foreign language (ELE). 
This master's degree allows the holder to work as a teacher in Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Language Teaching (Order ECI/3858/2007, of 27 December).


Master’s degree in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

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Why study for the Master's Degree in Secondary Education Teaching?

  • You will be able to do internships in public or subsidized educational centers
  • Highly qualified teachers, with academic prestige and professionals from the public and private sectors
  • Access to the Secondary Education Teacher state exams
  • It enables the practice of the teaching profession and provides the education system with highly qualified professionals

You can do this master's degree with:


Training in competencies


From which degrees can I access the Master’s Degree in Secondary Education Teaching?

  1. From a bachelor's degree, engineering, architecture or degree to the specialities of: 
    • Biology and Geology  
    • Physics and Chemistry
    • Geography and History
    • Foreign language: English
    • Foreign language: French
    • Spanish Language and Literature
    • Basque Language and Literature
    • Mathematics
  2. From a diploma, technical engineering or technical architecture to study the specialities of:
    • Technology
    • Economics and Business Management

      From a diploma, engineering or technical architecture you can access certain specialities, most of them in vocational training. If you wish to have access to a post of secondary teacher without restrictions, you will have to adapt your degree to one of an equivalent degree by a route other than this Master’s Degree. Those in possession of a higher degree (graduate, engineer or architect or equivalent) will have general access to the specialities of the Secondary School Teacher Corps without additional training. 
  3. For the Basque, French and English specialities, one of the following two conditions must be met: 
  • Be in possession of a Degree in Basque, French or English Studies or a Degree in Basque, French or English Philology, or in Translation and Interpretation (French, English).
  • Be in possession of another degree, bachelor's degree, engineering or architecture and simultaneously meet the following two requirements:
    • Accreditation of a C1 level or higher in Basque, French or English by means of an official certificate.            
    • Accreditation of 60 ECTS in Basque, French or English Philology or passing the content test in the respective speciality.

What will I be able to work in when I finish the Master's Degree in Secondary Education Teaching?

The conditions for the exercise of teaching in ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education), Baccalaureate, Professional Training and Official Language Schools, as well as the specialities of the teaching bodies of Secondary Education are legislated by the Ministry of Education. The basic regulations in force are given below: 

Learning outcomes / Competencies

Consult the learning outcomes (study programme 7305)

Consult the competencies (study programme 728)

Access and admission  

Access requirements

In order to access official University Master's degrees it will be necessary to have an official university degree issued by a higher education institution of the European Higher Education Area or any other country which grants access to Master’s degrees in the issuing country.

Access requirements Access requirements


Only students who have completed their Bachelor’s degrees will be admitted.

Specific criteria of the the Master's degree

In order to access this Master’s degree from degrees of foreign educational systems, the degree must be standardised.

The Master’s degree Academic Commission is ultimately the entity in charge of deciding on admission.

Foreign language skills B1 or higher

A B1 or higher level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (MCER) in a foreign language must be certified through an official certificate.  
Those graduates from UPNA with a transcript showing the necessary linguistic skills to be granted the Bachelor’s degree that gives them access to the Master’s degree. Accepted certificates to prove skills in German, French and English.

Likewise, it is acknowledged that holders of a university degree from an English, French, German or Italian-speaking country have a C1 level in the language they studied their degree. This way, such students do not have to submit an additional certificate.

Order of the chosen options 

In the Master’s degree pre-registration process applicants may choose 2 specialities. In order to do so, you must pre-register twice, being careful to pre-register first for your first choice of speciality and then for the second one.  The order of pre-registrations is taken into account during the admission process – in each speciality students who have chosen it as the first option are prioritised.

Thus, in each speciality: 1º) Students are classified in two groups - those who have chosen the speciality as a first option and those who have chosen it as a second option; 2º) in each group, students are organised according to the priority criteria described below, and for students within the same criterion, according to their academic records. The CV may be, if necessary, the diriment element.

Admission priority order

In each speciality, the following criteria are organised hierarchically:

1. Priority: degree

Candidates will be organised according to their degree of origin and, for equivalent degrees of origin, according to their academic records. See approximate table (“Preference order by degrees”).

2. Priority: 60 credits of the speciality

If the degree of origin does not grant direct access to a speciality, the eligibility of the candidate will be decided if at least 60 credits of subjects related to the speciality are certified.

3. Priority: content test
Candidates who do not meet either of the aforementioned criteria may conduct an access content test by speciality. This criterion may only be applicable in the third pre-registration period.

Content test: (Specialities:  French, Basque and Literature, Mathematics)

  • Day: 1 September
  • Location: Conference room of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (ground floor of the Magnolios building)
  • Click find out about the content of the test.

Admission of students with non-standard degrees, or degrees with no equivalent ones recognised to an academic level of Bachelor’s or Master's degrees

According to Order ECI/3858/2007 of 27 December, this Master’s degree qualifies students for professional practice of Secondary Education Teachers, Vocational Training and Language Training. 

In order to access public teaching practice, it is also necessary to have an official degree or, if applicable, a standard degree or one with a recognised equivalent. That is why those who show a foreign degree which is not standard or have an equivalent one recognised will be admitted in any case in the last registration period.

Preference order according to degrees:

Basque and literature

1º. Degree in Basque Philology
     Degree in Linguistics (Basque)

2º. Another degree in Philology + C1 level (Basque)

3º. Licenciatura o Grado en Traducción e interpretación + C1 (Euskera)

4º. Degree in Translation and Interpreting + C1 level (Basque). Another degree + C1 level (Basque) (+, if necessary, content test: 3rd access priority)


1º. Degree in French Studies, French Philology or Modern Languages and their literatures: French.

2º. Degree in Translation and Interpreting (French)

3º. Another degree in Philology or Translation + C1 level (French)

4º. Another degree + C1 level (French) (+, if necessary, content test: 3rd access priority)

Spanish Language and Literature

1º. Another degree in Spanish Philology + C1 level (Spanish)*
     Degree in Linguistics (Spanish)
    (for 1st access priority: only if 20 credits in Spanish Literature have been passed) + C1 (Spanish) *
    Degree in Literature / Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature
     (for 1st access priority: only if 30 credits of Spanish Language have been passed) + C1 (Spanish) *

2º. Another degree in Philology + C1 level (Spanish)*

3º. Degree in Translation and Interpreting + C1 level (Spanish)*

4º. Another degree in Humanities or Audiovisual Communication + C1 level (Spanish)*


1º. Degree in English Studies or English Philology

2º. Degree in Translation and Interpreting (English)

3º. Another degree in Philology or Translation + C1 level (English)

4º. Another degree + C1 level (English) (+, if necessary, content test: 3rd access priority)

Biology and Geology

1º. Degree in Biology
     Degree in Geology
     Bachelor's degree in Science
     Degree in Environmental Sciences
     Degree in Biochemistry
     Degree in Biotechnology
     Degree in Marine Sciences
     Agricultural Engineering or equivalent

2º. Degree in Veterinary Medicine
     Degree in Food Technology
     Bachelor's degree in Innovation on Food Processes and Products
     Degree Pharmacy

Physics and Chemistry

1º. Degree in Physics
     Degree in Chemistry
     Bachelor's degree in Science

2º. Degree in Biochemistry
     Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology
     Chemical Engineering or equivalent

3º. Agricultural Engineering or equivalent
     Industrial Engineering or equivalent
     Telecommunications Engineering or equivalent


1º. Degree in Mathematics
     Degree in Statistics
     Bachelor's degree in Data Science

2º. Bachelor's degree in Science

3º. Degree in Physics
     Degree in Computer Science

4º. Degree or engineering degree in the industrial or telecommunications domain.

5º. Other degrees or engineering degrees.


1º. Electrical, electronic, industrial, computing, mechanical or telecommunications engineering, or degree equivalent

2º. Technical electrical, electronic, industrial, computing, mechanical or telecommunications engineering

3º. Other engineering or equivalent degrees
     Technical Architecture and Architecture

Geography and History

1º. Degree in History
     Degree in Geography
     Bachelor’s degree in History and Heritage

2º. Degree in Humanities

3º. Degree in Art History

Economics and Business Management

1º. Degree in Economics
     Degree in Management and Business Administration

2º. Degree in Business Administration                                             
     Degree in Finance and Accounting
     Degree in Marketing and Market Research

3º. Degree in Public Management and Administration

4º. Bachelor's degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources

Educational Guidance

1º. Graduate in Early Childhood Education. Major in TP
     Graduate in Primary Education Major in TP
     Degree in Pedagogy
     Degree in Psycho-pedagogy
     Degree in Psychology

2º. Degree in Early Childhood Education
     Degree in Primary Education
     Degree in Social Work

Physical Education

1º. Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Science

2º. Degree in Dance

3º. Degree in Primary Education, major in Physical Education

Health Care Processes

1º. Degree in Medicine
     Degree in Nursing
     Degree in Physiotherapy

2º. Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
     Degree in Pharmacy
     Degree in Dentistry
     Grado en Podiatry

3º. Degree in Occupational Therapy

4º. Degree in Biochemistry
     Degree in Veterinary Medicine

5º. Degree in Food Science and Technology
     Degree in Food Process and Product Innovation or equivalent degree
     Degree in Optics and Optometry

* Demandable to foreign citizens with degrees awarded outside the Spanish education system. ** Bachelor's degree in Science with multidisciplinary training in the scope of the speciality requested.

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