Primary Education Programme
EducationThe content and scope of courses studied depend on the specialisation chosen, but all specialisations start with courses related to school, how it has evolved, how it is managed and controlled and how the conception of children and childhood has changed. In subject studies the emphasis is on children's reading and writing development and on their understanding of mathematical concepts. In addition, students study subject courses in English, the social sciences, the natural sciences and technology. All courses include practical/aesthetical forms of expression. Towards the end of the programme the teacher's role as a leader, cooperation with parents or guardians, and the evaluation and improvement of school practice are problematised.
Form of InstructionThe forms of instruction in teacher education vary from course to course and can, for instance, include seminars, lectures, group exercises and laboratory sessions. Some components are mandatory and if so, this is specified in the respective syllabus.
ExaminationExamination formats in teacher education vary and can, for instance, include written exams, take-home eams, oral presentations and aesthetic forms of representation.
Professional ContactTheoretical studies alternate with practical placement periods in school, giving the students a chance to practice their future occupation under supervision. School teachers are also from time to time involved in the teaching at the university.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|School as System and Idea - Primary Education (Obligatory)||15|
|The learning pupil (End semester: 2)||15|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Creative Mathematics for teaching in grades 4-6 (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Swedish for teaching in grades 4-6 (End semester: 4)||30|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Science and Technology for Primary Teachers in Grades 4-6 (End semester: 6)||30|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|English for upper primary school teachers (End semester: 7)||30|
|Semester 7||ECTS credits|
|Creative mathematics for teachers in grade 4-6 II (End semester: 8)||15|
|Semester 8||ECTS credits|
|Leading the learning - Primary School (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 9||ECTS credits|
|Grading and Assessing in Primary Education (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Practical placement III - grades 4-6 (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 10||ECTS credits|
|Methodology and development work in school- Primary Education (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Degree Project Primary Education - Mathematics (End semester: 11)||30|
|Degree Project Primary Education - Swedish (End semester: 11)||30|
|Degree Project Primary Education, Grades 4-6 - English (End semester: 11)||30|
|Degree Project Primary Education, Grades 4-6, Science and Technology (End semester: 11)||30|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
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.