EDUCARE The Swedish Preschool Model

Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Education

Location: Jönköping

Start date: August 20, 2018

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 visits to Swedish preschools 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 position 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 pursue 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 Educational Research Group at Jönköping University’s School of Education and Communication. But also through guest lectures by national and international experts in the field.


60 credits



Rate of study


Place of study

Campus based



Start date

August 20, 2018


The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor's degree (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 ECTS credits within behavioral science, social work, educational sciences, or related field including independent, theoretical based work, i.e. a thesis or equivalent work that demonstrates 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.

Read more about our Admissions Requirements.


Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Education

Tuition fees

117,000 SEK per year

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

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, 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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