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Master’s programme (2 years)

Adapted Education

Bodø, Levanger

Programme description

Adapted education is a basic principle throughout the students’ education. Teachers and managers in schools are therefore obliged to work to adapt the training to secure the well-being and learning outcome for children, students and apprentices.
Master in Adapted Education, comprising 120 ECTS credits over two years, is offered in Bodø and Levanger and is designed for kindergarten teachers, primary school teachers, vocational teachers and special needs teachers who aim at a master's degree.
Through the master's program you can choose a specialization in special needs education, Professional Digital Competence or vocational didactics. The program is theory, action and method oriented and has a clear academic and research foundation. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are awarded a master’s degree in adapted education with specialization in one of the above mentioned fields.

When applying for admission to the programme of study, applicants should apply for admission to the programme of study with a certain specialisation (master module). Admission requirements vary between specialisation courses (master module). Below is a description of these:
Master’s in Adapted Education with Specialisation in Professiional digital competence: Completed teacher education* with grade C or higher in Pedagogy.
Master’s in Adapted Education with Specialisation in Special Needs Education: Completed teacher education* with grade C or higher in Pedagogy. 
Master’s in Adapted Education with Specialisation in Occupational Didactics: Completed vocational teacher education including 60 credits, 1-year programme in educational theory and practice with grade C or higher.
*General teacher, primary and lower secondary school teacher, pre-school teacher, kindergarten teacher, subject teacher education, bachelor’s degree including 1-year programmes in educational theory and practice or programmes of study that provide similar qualifications.

Parts of this programme may be taken abroad.
This master's programme qualifies candidates to apply for admission to doctoral (PhD) programmes, provided their grade average meets the requirements of such programmes.

Candidates have:

  • Advanced knowledge about adapted education in kindergartens and schools, at individual and system levels.
  • Specialised insight into a delimited subject area related to improving learning environments and learning outcomes in kindergartens and schools.
  • In-depth knowledge about the national and international scientific foundation of the subject area, as well as the ability to analyse academic issues in schools based on this.
  • The ability to apply knowledge by raising relevant issues, critically investigate and discuss these and develop their own professional practices
  • Specialised knowledge about subject areas within the field of adapted education that can contribute to innovation and the development of their own practice, and the practice that takes place in schools/kindergartens.


Candidates can:

  • Plan, implement and reflect on teaching that is based on research, experience-based knowledge and their own research and development work.
  • Use relevant methods, and critically investigate and discuss these through their own research work in an independent manner
  • Critically analyse theory and research from various sources of information, and apply these to structure and formulate academic reasoning.
  • Carry out an independent, delimited research project while under supervision, and in accordance with applicable research ethics norms.

General competence

Candidates can:

  • Analyse relevant academic, professional and research ethics issues.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills learned in new areas pertaining to the subject area of adapted education in kindergartens, schools and other parts of the education sector
  • Disseminate their own research work in accordance with scientific forms of expression.
  • Communicate regarding academic issues, analyses and conclusions within the field of adapted education, both with specialists in the education sector and to the general public.
  • Contribute to innovation and innovative processes in the development of kindergartens and schools.
No specific costs other than semester registration fee and course literature.