Master in Philosophy for Children

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To further deepen the study of Philosophy for Children as a philosophical area. To understand the philosophical and educational program of Philosophy for Children, from its origins to its various current models. To promote the role of the educator in a community of philosophical inquiry as a facilitator modelling the philosophical discourse and introducing the conceptual tools necessary to the dialogic activity of the group. Establish a link between Philosophy for Children and the areas of Literature for Children and Artistic Expressions, as potential stimuli to build philosophical dialogue in the community of philosophical inquiry. To understand Philosophy for Children as a philosophical and an educational proposal for a citizenship model, committed and responsible, with impact on the integral formation of the human being. To develop an independent and original academic research in the philosophical field of Philosophy for Children.


To understand the assumptions underlying the different approaches to Philosophy for Children. To recognize the role of Philosophy for Children in cognitive, affective and social development of human beings. To identify the relevance of multidimensional thinking (critical, creative and caring). To acquire the methodological tools of philosophical reflection for specific training in Philosophy for Children. To develop specific skills of facilitating a rigorous philosophical dialogue with children. To develop collaborative learning using synchronous and asynchronous technologies, and integrating the acquired knowledge in professional practice. To develop an independent and original academic research in Philosophy for Children.

Admission Requirements

May apply for the master's degree: a) Degree holders or legally equivalent qualifications, in the areas of Portuguese philosophy and culture, philosophy, basic education, childhood education, psychology, as well as in areas related to education and social intervention with children and young people; b) Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the scientific council as attesting to the ability to carry out the master's degree.

Professional Opportunities

Despite not assuming a professional nature, the Master's course aims to provide professionals already trained with the philosophical-educational tools necessary to promote an active attitude in the processes of training children and young people. In this context, it is addressed to a wide range of professionals, allowing an alternative approach to traditional teaching-learning processes and promoting an effective monitoring of the practice of philosophical thinking with groups of children.


Ponta Delgada

Course Code


ECTS Credits



2 Years

Study Regime

Full-time attendance, presence required in after-work schedule


  • Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • R/A-Cr 3/2016 de 25-02-2016

Study Program

Code Name Year Semester
0201432Arts and Literature for Children1st year1st semester
0201473Fundamental Themes of Philosophy1st year1st semester
0201453Philosophy for Children I1st year1st semester
0201476Philosophy for Children: Genesis and Development1st year1st semester
0201474Philosophical Texts1st year2nd semester
0201486Philosophy for Children II1st year2nd semester
0201484Philosophy for Children: Current and Prospective1st year2nd semester
0201471Value and Sense of Philosophy1st year2nd semester
0201441Seminar I2nd year1st semester
0201489Dissertation2nd year2nd semester
0201435Seminar II2nd year2nd semester