Courses aimed at training teachers will have another year to adapt to the new curriculum guidelines approved by the Ministry of Education (MEC) in 2019. The deadline, which would end at the end of that year, was extended until the end of 2022, in an opinion approved today (5) by the National Education Council (CNE).
Among the changes that are likely to take place are longer, more hands-on training. The courses will go from the current duration of three to four years, or 3.2 thousand hours. Of these, 800, equivalent to a quarter of the course, should be devoted to teaching practice. The measures are valid for all courses at higher education level, aimed at the initial training of teachers for basic education.
With the pandemic and the suspension of in-person classes, both in higher education and in schools, educational institutions asked for more time to make curricular adjustments. “This increase in the time taken to implement the BNC in teacher education [Base Nacional Comum para a Formação Inicial de Professores da Educação Básica] comes to respond to requests from universities and scientific entities due to the closing environment of institutions caused by the pandemic. This became very clear during the various hearings we held with these institutions”, says the rapporteur of the opinion, councilor Mozart Neves Ramos.
The training of future teachers will also have a greater focus on the so-called Common National Curriculum Base (BNCC), which defines the minimum that should be learned by students across the country in kindergarten, elementary and high school. The implementation of the BNCC is also underway in schools across the country.
The opinion approved by the CNE now proceeds to approval by the MEC.
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