Campus Guarulhos • Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas
Postgraduate Program in Education

Master's Degree

The Federal University of São Paulo’s Graduate School of Philosophy, Languages and Humanities offers advanced degrees in Education with the following concentrations:

1. Education, Inequality, Difference and Inclusion;

2. Education, State, Work;

3. Public Schools, Teacher Formation and Pedagogical Practices;

4. History of Education: Subjects, Objects and Practices;

5. Languages and Knowledges in Formative Contexts

It thereby aims to fulfill its social role of producing knowledge and preparing researchers by means of educational studies and research.

The PPGE master course is completely free.

The classes at PPGE are on-site weekly and occur, predominantly, in the morning, between 9 am and 1 pm.

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Curricular structure

In the new curricular structure, attention should be paid to the desired balance between organicity and differentiation, aiming at feeding the dialogue between the investigative aspects incorporated into the Program, with their thematic and epistemological specificities, as well as giving ammunition to studies, in depth, of specific themes. and the theoretical aspects embraced by the teachers. In order to give density to the double perspective - cohesion and differentiation - the new curricular structure was configured based on a core of fundamentals to which different disciplines, seminars and activities are added, according to the lines, the teaching research plans and more specifically the research projects for master's and doctoral students.

The master curriculum is organized in 40 (forty) credits distributed as follows:

1. CORE OF FUNDAMENTALS: 05 (five) mandatory credits.

a) Each discipline that is part of the core of fundamentals is equivalent to five (5) credits.

b) This nucleus was formed from the indication of a discipline in each of the lines of research; thus, this nucleus will be composed of five subjects.

c) The subject presented by the research line, which will be responsible for its offer once a year (in any of the semesters), must guarantee the general training of the graduate student, with regard to those theoretical contributions indicated in the line menu. Thus, the line will contribute to the broader training in the area of Education and not, exclusively or necessarily, for what is specific to the line of research (which will be dealt with in the Advanced Study Seminars and in the Activities of the research groups).

d) Students must attend, necessarily, the subject of the nucleus of fundamentals of the line of research in which they entered, and substitution by SEA is not allowed.

2. ADVANCED STUDY SEMINARS (SEA): 15 (fifteen) credits.

a) Each SEA is equivalent to five (5) credits.

b) All professors presented SEA proposals (with semester duration, intended for master's and doctoral students).

c) The SEA are closely linked to the line of research and its theoretical contributions, thus offering graduate students who enter the respective lines of research to deal with the issues involved.

d) At the discretion of the adviser, the student may substitute SEA for the discipline of the Fundamentals Nucleus.


3. RESEARCH GROUPS SEMINARS: 02 (two) credits.

a) Throughout the course, master's and doctoral students will participate in the activities of a research group certified by CNPq, led by the advisor or of which he is part; according to the research object, it may be yet another group indicated by the advisor. Credits will only be awarded at the end of the course, upon a certificate issued by the leader of the research group.


a) 02 (two) credits for orientation activities;

b) 01 (one) credit for participation in events in the area (with presentation of work).


5. DISSERTATION PREPARATION: 15 (fifteen) credits.

a) Assigned to the preparation of the final work approved by a banker in a public defense session.

Requirements for obtaining the title

The course accepts new students every year. The admission process comprises analysis of the candidate’s curriculum vitae and research project/dissertation prospectus, along with a written test and an interview.

According to the Regulation, students must take at least 4 subjects. The organization to fulfill them takes place according to the advisor, and enrollment in at least one discipline in the first semester of the course is mandatory.

In accordance with Program Regulations, throughout the course students must:

1. Comply with mandatory course attendance (at least 75% of the workload);

2. Score 7,0 or higher in all academic activities;

3. Pass the qualifying examination;

4. Pass the foreign language proficiency test;

5. Fulfill the credits on the course’s study plan;

6. Have his/her dissertation approved by the examination board in a public session.


The disciplines that make up the postgraduate courses will be expressed in credits established in accordance with the rules defined by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

1. Credits
Credits will be awarded to Post-Graduates who meet the requirements of the Discipline and are approved more than 75% of the classes taught.

Credits from disciplines of Postgraduate programs external to Unifesp must be previously authorized by the advisor, subsequently validated by the advisor and approved by CEPG.

2. Consult the course menus of the Fundamentals Nucleus and Advanced Studies Seminars provided for in the Program's curricular matrix in the Disciplines Catalog.

3. Evaluation
The student's academic achievement levels in each subject will be expressed through the following concepts:

I. A –Excellent, with the right to Credit Units;
II. B –Good, entitled to Credit Units;
III. C –Regular, with the right to Credit Units;
IV. D –Failed, without the right to Credit Units.

Student grants (requirements, criteria, amounts, quantity)

The Graduate School of Education benefits from CAPES’ Social Demand Program [DS – Programa de Demanda Social]. As a result of that funding, the Program may assign up to four student grants to students selected by academic merit, provided the Funding Agency’s criteria are met. The awarding of student grants is regulated by Program guidelines and subject to grant availability. Since there are not enough grants for all graduate students, we advise students to seek other funding sources. The Program’s current grant awarding guidelines are available here.
Aside from CAPES, CNPq [National Scientific and Technological Development Council] offers student grants as a means to qualify human resources for scientific and technological research. Those grants may be used by those who wish to study at universities, research institutes, technological centers and professional formation centers in Brazil as well as abroad. Applications for CNPq grants must follow the schedule and guidelines stipulated by that Council. State of São Paulo residents may also apply for grants offered by the state’s research sponsoring agency (FAPESP), which accepts applications throughout the year.
Aside from the options listed above, foreign students may benefit from specific grant offers, such as PEC-PG [Student Program – Graduate Research Alliance]. Established in 1981, PEC-PG provides student grants to students from developing countries with which Brazil has cultural/educational cooperation agreements, enabling those students to pursue their master’s or doctoral degrees in Brazilian Higher Education institutions.
For more details on the norms and criteria pertaining to each agency’s grants, we recommend looking at the guidelines available on their websites: CAPES, CNPq, FAPESP and PEC-PG/CAPES.

The Program’s Grant Committee is responsible for the awarding process and for following students’ progress. Its current members are available here.


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