Kindergarten Teacher Education, Sami profile, workplace-based

Bachelor's degree in Levanger

Would you like to study to become a kindergarten teacher while working at the same time? Workplace-based kindergarten teacher education is an offer available to those who work in a kindergarten as an assistant or a child care and youth worker. The kindergarten you work in will become an important learning arena throughout the programme of study. There, you will receive supervision and the opportunity to practice what you learn as a student.

 

You may apply even if you do not work in a kindergarten, but you are required to hold at least a 25 percent position in a kindergarten at the start of the study period.

 

This is an interdisciplinary education with an emphasis on nature, health and movement from a multicultural perspective. Knowledge about the Sámi language and culture is key. The programme has an enhanced focus on how children can be stimulated to become curious and fascinated through various activities in nature. You do not require any prior knowledge of the Sámi language to apply for the programme of study.

 

The programme of study spans four years and is online and session-based. The sessions take place in Levanger, but parallel regional sessions will also be offered in Bodø for those living in this region, provided a sufficient number of students apply. Three sessions are planned to take place every 6 months. Each session lasts for three days and there will be online scheduled teaching in between the sessions. During the study period, certain sessions will take place in a Sámi learning arena. Supervised professional training takes place in the candidate’s own kindergarten in addition to external kindergartens.

Programme description

Would you like to study to become a kindergarten teacher while working at the same time? Workplace-based kindergarten teacher education is an offer available to those who work in a kindergarten as an assistant or a child care and youth worker. The kindergarten you work in will become an important learning arena throughout the programme of study. There, you will receive supervision and the opportunity to practice what you learn as a student.

 

You may apply even if you do not work in a kindergarten, but you are required to hold at least a 25 percent position in a kindergarten at the start of the study period.

 

This is an interdisciplinary education with an emphasis on nature, health and movement from a multicultural perspective. Knowledge about the Sámi language and culture is key. The programme has an enhanced focus on how children can be stimulated to become curious and fascinated through various activities in nature. You do not require any prior knowledge of the Sámi language to apply for the programme of study.

 

The programme of study spans four years and is online and session-based. The sessions take place in Levanger, but parallel regional sessions will also be offered in Bodø for those living in this region, provided a sufficient number of students apply. Three sessions are planned to take place every 6 months. Each session lasts for three days and there will be online scheduled teaching in between the sessions. During the study period, certain sessions will take place in a Sámi learning arena. Supervised professional training takes place in the candidate’s own kindergarten in addition to external kindergartens.

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Admission requirements

Admission is based on Higher Education Entrance Qualification or prior learning and work experience in accordance with applicable regulations. Candidates are required to document employment in a position of at least 25 percent throughout the entire study period.

For applicants that are offered a place of study, a binding cooperation agreement between Nord University and the kindergarten owner will be required before studies start.

 

The deadline for applications based on prior learning and work experience is 1 March.

 

A certificate or good conduct from the police (Childcare Certificate of Conduct) is required.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the kindergarten teacher education programme, the candidate will have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence, as a basis for educational work in kindergartens and further expertise development and education at master’s degree level.

Knowledge

The candidate:

  • possesses knowledge of the Norwegian kindergarten system, including its characteristics, history, social mandate, legal basis and governing documentation.
  • possesses broad knowledge of pedagogy and the different kindergarten learning areas, of leading and organising educational activities, and of children’s play and learning processes.
  • possesses broad knowledge about how children’s formation takes place, about childhood in the modern era, children’s culture, children’s varied upbringings, backgrounds and development in a society characterised by linguistic, social, religious, philosophical and cultural diversity.
  • possesses broad knowledge about children’s language development, multilingualism, social, physical and creative development and of their early digital, reading, writing and numeracy skills.
  • possesses broad knowledge of children’s rights and of what makes an inclusive, egalitarian, health-promoting and educative kindergarten environment.
  • will possess knowledge about children living in difficult circumstances, including knowledge about violence and sexual abuse involving children, and how to initiate necessary measures in accordance with applicable legislation.
  • is familiar with national and international Sámi research and development work relevant to the kindergarten teaching profession, and is able to update their knowledge within the subject area.

 

Skills

The candidate:

  • can use traditional Sámi knowledge and Sámi understandings of learning, and use their professionalism and relevant results from R&D to guide and facilitate children’s play, fascination, learning and development, and to justify their choices.
  • is able to assess, stimulate and support the comprehensive development of different children in collaboration with the home and other relevant agencies.
  • is able to use his or her professional skills when improvising during play, learning and communication.
  • is able to evaluate, stimulate and support children’s different abilities and take their different backgrounds and aptitudes into account.
  • is able to promote creative processes and cultural and outdoor activities, focusing on the children’s creativity, overall learning and sense of achievement.
  • is able to apply relevant professional tools, strategies and forms of expression in his or her own learning processes and educational work and when interacting with the home and relevant external agencies.
  • is able to identify special needs in individual children, including identifying signs of violence or sexual abuse. By exercising professional judgement, the candidate shall be able to initiate cooperation between relevant cross-disciplinary and multi-agency partners in the best interest of the child.
  • is able to lead and guide colleagues, reflect critically on own practices and adjust own practices under guidance.
  • is able to find, assess and refer to information and relevant subject matter, and present it so as to shed light on a given issue.

 

General competencies

The candidate:

  • has an insight into professional ethical issues, particularly with regard to responsibility, respect and perspectives of power.
  • is able to plan, manage, implement, document and reflect on educational work relating to the content and tasks of kindergartens, in accordance with ethical requirements and guidelines and based on research and experience-based knowledge.
  • is able to include Sámi, indigenous, global, national, regional and multicultural perspectives characterised by respect and tolerance in the kindergarten’s work.
  • masters the Norwegian language, both Norwegian Bokmål and Norwegian Nynorsk, in a competent manner and in a professional context.
  • has a capacity for change and development, is able to lead educational development work and contribute to innovation and innovative processes for kindergartens of the future.
  • can convey key subject matter both orally and in writing, is able to participate in professional discussions within the programme of study’s various subject areas, and share their knowledge and experiences with others.
  • can be a supporting pillar for Sámi children’s identity building and contribute to promoting their rights based on knowledge about the Sámi language, culture, history and social life.

Job opportunities

The programme of study qualifies candidates to conduct educational work with children in kindergartens, professional/administrative management of kindergartens and the running of kindergartens and after school-programmes.

Further education

Kindergarten teacher education provides the basis for admission to various master’s degrees. For example, the Master in Adapted Education or the Master in Practical Knowledge at Nord University.

Study abroad

During the 7th semester, students in the programme of study may take part in an exchange with one of our partner institutions abroad. Students may study specialisation courses that focus on children of kindergarten age, including 2 weeks of supervised professional training. Application guidelines for part of a programme of study taken abroad:
  • The student must have met progression of study requirements before the exchange takes place.
  • The student must meet requirements set out by the host university/university college.
  • The study abroad must be pre-approved by Nord University.

Teaching sessions

Online and session-based. Some of the session weeks during the programme of study will take place in a Sámi learning arena.  

The programme of study is organised as part-time education over four years. It is a prerequisite that the students are in work during the programme of study. The kindergartens that the students work in during the programme of study are included as teaching and learning arenas. 

Session weeks academic year of study 2021/2022:

Autumn 2021: Week 34, 40 and 47.

Spring 2022: Weeks 2, 7 and 18.

All sessions run from Monday to Wednesday.

Between sessions, there will be online teaching during the daytime on Tuesdays.

Subject to change.

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline April 15, 2021
ECTS Credits 180
Study level Bachelor
Scope Part time
Teaching language Norwegian
Police certificate of conduct Yes
Campus Levanger

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline April 15, 2021

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