EDUCARE The Swedish Preschool Model

1 year | Start date: Autumn 2017 | Degree: Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Education.

As its name indicates, the Swedish approach to preschool (EDUCARE), integrates educational and care-giving practice to support the learning and development of children between the ages of one and six. The international master’s programme in EDUCARE combines classroom- based instruction with field work in Swedish preschools, family centers and other early childhood education venues. The programme welcomes Swedish and international students. Programme instruction is in English.

Students who complete the programme will have expertise in the pedagogy and policies of EDUCARE. Given Sweden’s standing as a world leader in early childhood education, graduates of the programme will be well positioned for employment as preschool educators, researchers, and leaders, whether they choose to purse their careers internationally or in Sweden. At the same time, students will leave the programme ready to pursue doctoral studies in early childhood education or related fields, as the programme provides a combination of rigorous research and field work, taught by PhD faculty from the Preschool Educationand Research Group at Jönköping University’s School of Education and Communication, as well as through guest lectures by national and international experts in the field.

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Credits: 60 credits
Level: Master's
Rate of study: Full-time
Place of study: Campus-based
Language: English
Start date: Autumn 2017
Application code: HJ-MU076
Requirements: The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor's degree (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) within behavioral science, social work, educational sciences, or related field including independent, theoretical based work, i.e. a thesis or equivalent work that demostrates that the applicant has conducted systematic research and formally written about this research (e.g. participation in work based research; participation in research methods courses). Proof of English proficiency is required.

While prior work experience in supervised early childhood education (e.g. preschool, kindergarten, daycare, elementary school) is not a requirement, applicants with this kind of experience are preferred.

1 years, 60 credits. Master of Science with a major Education.

Tuition fees:  SEK 117,000 per year

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students

Courses within the programme

NB Preliminary list of courses

Year 1

The growth and development of the Swedish preschool:
from social policy to educational policy  10 credits
Preschool educational/didactical perspectives focusing
on play, exploration and learning  10 credits
Systematic documentation, analysis, and evaluation,
and leadership in preschool  10 credits
Theory of Science and Scientific methods  15 credits
Thesis project (Empirical study)  15 credits

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