Early Years Education Programme
EducationThe early years education programme is offered on campus or or off campus (distance education) via learning centres as day-time and full-time study. Students who opt for the distance form are expected to be present at the learning centre in question for group work and video conferences several days a week. In addition, there are 3-4 mandatory on-campus meetings at Karlstad University every semester. In the first semester the focus is on pre-school and on how the conception of children and childhood has changed over time. This semester also includes a five-week practical placement period. The second semester comprises courses on children's learning and development. Theoretical studies are given practical form in movement and play. Then subject studies for two semesters follow, in which aspects related to children's linguistic, social and cognitive development are combined with practical/aesthetical forms of expression. Practical placement is also included in semesters three and four. The fifth semester is devoted to the early years educator's role as a leader, cooperation with parents or guardians, and the evaluation and improvement of pre-school practice. The sixth semester has a focus on children's reading and writing development and on their understanding of mathematical concepts. The last term includes research method, practical placement and a degree project.
Form of InstructionThe forms of instruction in the early years education programme vary from course to course and can, for instance, include seminars, lectures, group exercises and laboratory sessions.
ExaminationExamination formats in in the early years education programme vary and can, for instance, include written exams, take-home exams, oral presentations and aesthetic forms of representation.
Professional ContactTheoretical studies alternate with practical placement periods in pre-school, giving the students a chance to practice their future occupation under supervision.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Child and Childhood (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Learning and development (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Young Preschool Children's Linguistic, Mathematical and Aesthetic Learning (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Science, technology, visual arts and drama (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|To lead and develop the preschool (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Learning reading, writing and mathematics for preschool (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 7||ECTS credits|
|Preschool and a scientific perspective (Obligatory)||30|
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.