Universitat de Barcelona

Teacher in Early Childhood Education

What you will learn

Early childhood teachers have the responsibility to contribute to the physical and motor, emotional, communicative, social and cognitive development of children from zero to six years of age, through the design of educational situations prepared for this purpose and the teachers’ involvement therein, in a climate of safety and trust at all times (Decree 101/2010 and Decree 181/2008). Early childhood teachers perform this role with the cooperation and participation of families, fellow teaching colleagues and, if applicable, other professionals.


Students who wish to pursue this degree must be aware of the importance, the challenge and the responsibility involved, as early childhood teachers, in taking part in the child’s development in this first stage of life, a stage during which the child becomes a person. Therefore, undergraduate studies and on-going training are required throughout the teacher’s career in order to be well-qualified childhood education professionals. 

As university members, students bear the academic responsibility to foster the quality and prestige of the degree through their actions. Learning must be made a priority in the university student’s life. 

Number of ECTS credits: 240
Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences
Faculty or school: Faculty of Education

What you will need

Early childhood teachers work in a professional environment that requires great dedication to others, specifically to children and their families, along with the other professionals associated with child development. Therefore, it is essential to have very good interpersonal and social skills. In particular, it is important to be emotionally balanced and to have the skills needed to work in a team and adopt the required roles in group projects.

Students of the bachelor's degree in Teacher Training in Pre-School and Primary Education are expected to have an interest in culture, human and scientific knowledge, and above all, to respect different beliefs, social practices and cultures.

Academically, students must be capable of regulating their own learning (planning, organising, taking and evaluating decisions, and acting accordingly). They must be able to produce knowledge rigorously in the framework of education, both individually and as a group, and generate new ideas based on researching and reflecting on the subjects covered in initial training in early childhood education.

Distribution of credits

Subject area typeECTS credits
Basic training102
Compulsory placements45
Compulsory final project6

Subjects (information available in Catalan)

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.

Fields in which you can work

  • Early childhood education teacher in nursery, pre-school and primary education.
  • Early childhood education teacher in informal education settings for early-childhood.
  • Professional specialised in early childhood education in cultural and educational organisations and institutions.
  • Professional specialised in early childhood education in the corporate environment.