How PPGECT was conceived 

The Graduate Program in Science and Technology Education (PPGECT) was created by a group of accredited professors working on the research line Education and Science of the Graduate Program in Education (PPGE) at UFSC, led by professors Arden Zylbersztajn, from the Center for Physical and Mathematical Sciences, José André P. Angotti, from the Center for Education Sciences, and professor Nadir Ferrari, from the Center of Biological Sciences. 

In 1994, the Education and Science line of the PPGE was the first to offer a doctoral course, supported by the Education for Science Subprogram (SPEC/PADCT), fostered by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), of MEC (Ministry of Education) and the World Bank (IBRD). The subprogram aimed to improve and consolidate pedagogical and technical-national competence within universities and other institutions, through groups considered necessary for the establishment and implementation of policies to enhance the quality of elementary and high school education in the country.

This support was essential to mature the ideas by testing and improving practices that would guide the new program. The PPGECT was formally established in December 2001, approved by CAPES. It had an inter-center structure, involving the Center for Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CFM) and the Center for Education Sciences (CED); CAPES granted concept 4 initially, offering master’s and doctoral degree courses, admitting the first students in 2002. 

Professors Arden Zylbersztajn and José André Peres Angotti (first coordinators); Luiz Orlando de Quadro Peduzzi; Demétrio Delizoicov Neto; José de Pinho Alves Filho; Erika Zimmermann; Edel Ern; Walter Antonio Bazzo; Edmundo Carlos de Moraes; Frederico Firmo de Souza Cruz and Nadir Ferrari were the founders of the program, some of them graduates from the PPGE.

The Center for Biological Sciences (CCB) joined the PPGECT in 2004. Their professors had already been collaborating with professors since PPGECT’s establishment.

Since then, the coordinators, who were chosen by the peers, alternate in two-year coordination terms.

From June 2011, through a CAPES Ordinance 83/2011, the Teaching area (Area 46) was created, incorporating all PPGs from the former Science and Mathematics Teaching area. 

Aligned with the CAPES Teaching Area (46), the course was rated 5, and, from 2015, it has been awarded a 6 with the status of Academic Excellence Program (PROEX).