The Languedoc-Roussillon École Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Éducation (ESPE-LR) trains nearly 3,000 students to join the teaching profession across the whole Montpellier Académie. ESPE-LR offers all the necessary training courses to prepare for competitive recruitment drives. ESPE-LR is run by COMUE Languedoc-Roussillon Universités.


The establishment of the Écoles Supérieures du Professorat et de l'Éducation (ESPE) stems from the first of the key measures of the orientation and programming law for education renewal: "to establish a new basic and continuous professional development for teachers and the education profession, and to evolve teaching practices".

Simultaneously with the establishment of the ESPEs, this reform brought about a profound overhaul of the training of future teachers by moving recruitment competitions to the first year of the master's degree and including teaching placements in the second year. Successful candidates in the different competitions would have a dual status : paid trainee public servant, and student in the second year of an education master's degree (MEEF).


Since 1 September 2013, the ESPEs have been responsible for training students for the teaching and education professions. They coordinate all the training given at the different universities within an Académie in association with the future employer (the national education service).

The four universities in the Montpellier Académie (the University of Montpellier, Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 University, the University of Nîmes and the University of Perpignan Via Domitia) and the Montpellier Académie itself have joined forces in a cooperation project, setting up the Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l'Education du Languedoc-Roussillon (ESPE-LR). Within the Académie they have built a course that meets the new specifications of the Ministries of National Education and of Higher Education and Research. To safeguard the cooperative, inter-university nature of their action and ensure teacher training is managed on a shared basis, ESPE-LR, an Académie-wide structure, has been placed under the supervision of ComUE Languedoc-Roussillon Universités.

Since September 2014, the new trainee public servants have spent half of their time at a school with responsibility for a class and the other half receiving training at the ESPE. They receive full pay. So, the creation of the ESPEs was accompanied by a major reform of teacher training. The new MEEF Masters courses are now taught at the ESPE by multi-disciplinary teams of academics and people working in education (inspectors, teachers). More than 2,800 students are currently registered on these courses leading to qualification as a teacher in primary or secondary education and senior education advisor. The new courses draw on the experience and skills of teachers and academics from the old IUFM and UFR, and faculties with a long‑standing involvement in teacher training.

ESPE-LR's role is to provide training, undertake research and ensure the research finds its way into the initial and continuous professional development of teachers. It organises the initial and continuous professional development of teachers within the Académie, making sure that the needs of their future employer are taken into account and benefiting from academic output in this field.

ESPE-LR is organised into eight training units :
- Primary
- Senior education adviser and other national education roles
- Sciences
- Humanities and Arts
- Languages
- Human and Social Sciences and documentation
- PE and Sport
- Technological and professional teaching skills

With the universities, ESPE-LR delivers Master's degrees in education (MEEF) at the end of two years of post-Bachelor's degree studies. These highly vocational courses of a high standard combine teaching, practical training and placements. They cover introduction to research, international education, digital and innovative teaching methods and tools.

The four universities in the Montpellier Académie offer teaching units as part of their Bachelor's degrees to give students a knowledge of the teaching profession by combining practical experience (placements) with training to enable them to make the most of the placement. The students therefore start their Education Master's degree prepared for entry into the profession. Once the teachers have qualified, they are offered a range of continuous professional development created by the Rectorat in close collaboration with the ESPE, especially at the start of their career. Students and future teachers are therefore offered a continuum of training (Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, lifelong training).

Part of a tradition of and drive for cooperation and sharing, the collegial approach taken by all the higher education institutions, supported by ComUE Languedoc-Roussillon Universités, will continue and intensify around key issues for the site, which reflect the socio-economic realities of the region. Reinforcing the initiatives implemented by the Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Education du Languedoc-Roussillon (ESPE-LR), the result of a large‑scale joint effort begun in December 2012, is a key area of the site's education policy, and is part of the mission of national interest that training future teachers for the national education service represents. Under the 2015-2019 contract, the ESPE-LR initiatives that will be reinforced are: remote learning, learning using innovative teaching methods, digital support, etc. As from September 2015, special teacher training units will be offered by all Bachelor's degree courses.



Address : ESPE-LR - École supérieure du professorat et de l'éducation Languedoc-Roussillon 2 place Marcel Godechot, BP 4152 34092 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
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Telephone : +33 (0)4-67-41-67-96 / +33 (0)6-46-53-95-63
Director : Christophe Iung
Corporate identity : ESPE LR logo
Documentation : download the course prospectus

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