On the College of Education

The College of Education (FaE) at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. It is considered today one of the most political and progressive colleges at UFMG. Proudly, it is also considered the most diverse community – among its professors, staffs, and students – on Campus.

FaE is quite strong in research. Its Graduate Program (both Master and Ph.D. in Education) always gets really good grades from the national agency (CAPES) responsible for the official evaluation of all graduate programs in Brazil. There is a specific program called Latin-American Ph.D. in Education that receives students from different countries in Latin America who study there and, besides paying no tuition, get scholarships for living in Belo Horizonte for at least one year! For more information about the Graduate Program in Education at UFMG, please, go to this following Website:


FaE/UFMG also keeps an important graduate program – called PROMESTRE – specifically to the professional development of those who teach and work at public schools in Brazil.

In addition, FaE is proudly the main teacher education institution at UFMG. It keeps a specific undergrad program for earlychildhood education and for those who will teach at elementary schools in Brazil. The College of Education proudly keeps two special teacher education programs: the indigenous teacher education program – FIEI – and a program for those who will teach at rural schools – “LeCampo”.

Finally, the College of Education at UFMG keeps its social commitment through its numerous extension programs. Among them, we would like to highlight the Popular Education Program (PROEJA).

PROEJA is an extension program established in 1986 at UFMG. Its main goals are: 1. to offer public schooling (from literacy/elementary school to high school) for both the university staff (e.g., janitors, gardeners, cafeteria workers etc.) and people from the poor communities surrounding the campus – through after work classes in the evenings; 2. to offer a democratic student teaching experience for student teachers from different teacher education programs at UFMG; 3. to serve as a “lab school” for the development of action research on popular education.

There are three main characters at PROEJA: 1. The students are young and adult people (from 18 to 80 years old!) who either have not finished school or have never attended school. They are workers working either at formal or informal jobs, unemployed people and elders – or what Bales (1999), in the context of the current global capitalism, calls “disposable people.” 2. The teachers, who usually are younger than the students, are student teachers from different teacher education programs at UFMG who teach at most eight hours a week under a close supervision of university professors and/or teacher educators. 3. The coordinators are teacher educators (most of them from the College of Education) who do all the administrative work (always collectively), supervise the student teachers, and do action research about different aspects of the program.

The program, as a university program, helps the student teachers to act like researchers investigating their own practices, developing instructional materials and pedagogical strategies to be used in their classes, critically analyzing them and, finally, attending meetings where they can share their knowledge.

Collective planning and the collective process of making decisions are quite important characteristics of this program. There are several collective places and moments (i.e., general assemblies) where the popular education students, the student teachers, and the coordinators make collective decisions about the program.

Teacher education is another quite important dimension of this extension program. Although participating in the whole popular education extension program – planning, teaching, doing action research and so on – is what really constitutes “the teacher education program” at PROEJA, there are specific meetings, once a week, for the exchange of teachers’ experiences, collective reflection upon their teaching, getting involved with theoretical studies and reading discussions.

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Faculdade de Educação
Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627, sala 1654 - Pampulha
31.270-901 | Belo Horizonte - MG | Brasil
Tel: 55 31 3409-3798