Current active subject description (last updated 2024/25)
Practice Year 4, 1-7
Current active subject description (last updated 2024/25)

Practice Year 4, 1-7


In the fourth year of study, the student will perfect his/her teacher identity, as well as specialise in relational and organizational development based on theory and research. Teaching practice shall be supervised, varied and assessed, and demonstrate students' development and acquisition of skills and knowledge within the relevant school subjects, as well as their preparation for the teaching profession.

The main themes for teaching practice in the fourth year of study are management of learning and a deeper understanding of pupil diversity, building good relationships and developing change competence. This includes, among other things:

  • Inclusive classroom and learning environment
  • Good relationships with pupils, parents, colleagues, and other internal and external actors
  • Democratic participation and sustainable development
  • Organisational development
Passed practice in Year 3.
Passed practice in Year 3.

The formulations of learning outcomes for teaching practice must be seen in the context of the formulations of learning outcomes in the subjects in the teacher education program. The programme shall ensure the provision of both content and progression in teaching practice studies. Upon completion of the fourth year of the programme, the candidate shall have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The candidate

  • has extensive knowledge about learning processes, organization of teaching, working methods and forms of assessment that promote inclusive classroom and learning environments
  • has extensive knowledge about child development, learning and general educational formation in various social, multicultural contexts and about how this knowledge can be used to adapt teaching to all pupils' baselines and needs
  • has extensive knowledge about pupil diversity, with particular focus on pupils with special needs and pupils from multicultural backgrounds


The candidate:

  • can take responsibility for developing and guiding inclusive, creative, safe and health-enhancing learning environments where the teaching is adapted to the pupils' needs


The student

  • can apply knowledge and skills in order to involve and build relationships with pupils, parents, colleagues, and other internal and external actors
  • can strengthen international and multicultural perspectives in the work of the school.
  • can stimulate democratic participation and sustainable development
  • can actively contribute to change processes and take responsibility for cooperation for academic and educational innovations in schools
  • can involve the local community, commercial and cultural life in teaching
Some costs must be anticipated in connection with travel to and from teaching practice. Nord University may cover some expenses in accordance with applicable decisions. Semester registration fees apply.
Students are required to comply with the guidelines set out in "The Teaching Practice Guide (Praksishåndboka)" and become familiar with the applicable requirements and expectations. This will include, among other things:
  • Partnership meetings
  • A reflection seminar
  • Students' evaluation of the teaching practice periods
  • Attendance
  • Routines if there are doubts about passing teaching practice
Evaluation using mid-term and final surveys. Students are also encouraged to participate in the central quality surveys.

In the fourth year of study, the student will complete 30 days of teaching practice in grades 1-7, divided into 15 days in the autumn semester and 15 days in the spring. Students shall also complete a teaching practice seminar in the spring semester. Students will normally be at the same school for teaching practice in both semesters. In addition to the guided teaching practice, various types of non-supervised practice related to the teaching subjects may be required. These are described in the course and semester plans for the individual teaching subjects. Examples of such teaching practice are observations, data collection, "sole-responsibility" days and trials in the school.

Detailed plans for content, work requirements, the implementation of teaching practice and deadlines for submissions and feedback are discussed in "Competency Guide for Teaching Practice (Kompetanseguide for praksis)".

The teaching practice is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

In order to pass the practicum, the student - after a comprehensive assessment - must have attained the learning outcomes of the practicum, maintained 100% attendance, and completed, with an "Approved" grade, all of the assignments specified in the competency guidelines ("Kompetanseguide"). Absences or assignments missing approval will automatically result in failure. Students who fail the practicum must undertake an entirely new practicum.

New/re-scheduled examination:

According to the "Regulations governing studies and examinations at Nord University", students have the right to two attempts at the examination in teaching practice. In the event that the student fails to pass the first attempt, the student must wait until the next time the same practice period is conducted in order to take the re-scheduled examination. The student must apply in writing at the start of the applicable semester in order to undertake a new teaching practice. The re-scheduled teaching practice will be carried out according to the same guidelines as ordinary teaching practice. The student will receive a written notification if they do not pass.