Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education Years 1-7 - 5 year Master’s Degree (session-based)

Would you like to part of a varied, exciting, and challenging educational programme? Are you ready to educate yourself in the world’s most important profession?

Nord University offers full-time primary and lower secondary teacher education that is both online and session-based. The programme may be suitable for those who are not able to follow daily teaching at a campus. Between the sessions at Levanger, there is compulsory online teaching that takes place during the daytime every week.

A primary and lower secondary school teacher has varied work tasks and no two days are the same. In addition to planning and conducting teaching, you must collaborate well with parents, colleagues and various support agencies. As a teacher for Year 1-7 pupils, you will also teach children reading, writing and numeracy skills. Teacher education provides you with the tools to conduct good and varied teaching in these subjects.

Through supervised professional training, you get to experience the teacher’s role and everyday school life from the inside, while at the same time receiving guidance from an experienced practical training supervisor.

Mathematics, Norwegian and Pedagogy are compulsory subjects. In addition, candidates choose two subjects that provide academic breadth. During your studies, you also choose a master’s degree subject that provides you with solid, academic specialisation.

This education gives you the title of secondary education teacher with a master’s degree.

Programme description

Would you like to part of a varied, exciting, and challenging educational programme? Are you ready to educate yourself in the world’s most important profession?

Nord University offers full-time primary and lower secondary teacher education that is both online and session-based. The programme may be suitable for those who are not able to follow daily teaching at a campus. Between the sessions at Levanger, there is compulsory online teaching that takes place during the daytime every week.

A primary and lower secondary school teacher has varied work tasks and no two days are the same. In addition to planning and conducting teaching, you must collaborate well with parents, colleagues and various support agencies. As a teacher for Year 1-7 pupils, you will also teach children reading, writing and numeracy skills. Teacher education provides you with the tools to conduct good and varied teaching in these subjects.

Through supervised professional training, you get to experience the teacher’s role and everyday school life from the inside, while at the same time receiving guidance from an experienced practical training supervisor.

Mathematics, Norwegian and Pedagogy are compulsory subjects. In addition, candidates choose two subjects that provide academic breadth. During your studies, you also choose a master’s degree subject that provides you with solid, academic specialisation.

This education gives you the title of secondary education teacher with a master’s degree.

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Admission requirements

Admission to the programme of study requires Higher Education Entrance Qualification with specific admission requirements, it is not possible to apply on the basis of prior learning and work experience.

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

Special admission requirements:

You must either have:

• an average grade of 3 or higher in Norwegian (393 hours) and

• an average grade of 4 or higher in Mathematics (common core subject 224 hours)

• at least 35 school points.

or

• an average grade of 3 or higher in Norwegian (393 hours) and

• an average grade of 3 or higher in Mathematics (224 hours) and

• at least 40 school points.

(Applicants meet the grade requirements in Mathematics if they have passed one of the following programme subjects: S1, S2, R1, or R2.)

Unable to meet the admission requirements for Mathematics? In the spring of 2022, the University of South-Eastern Norway has an online offer for those who want to become a teacher but do not meet the grade requirements for admission to teacher education. Read more about the programme.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

Candidates

• have advanced knowledge in either a chosen teaching subject and the subject’s didactics, or in applied pedagogy/special needs education

• have specialised insight into a delimited subject area (master’s thesis)

• have broad profession-oriented knowledge in other subjects included in the education

• have in-depth knowledge about relevant research and theory, scientific thinking, research methods and ethics

• have in-depth knowledge about applicable legislation and planning frameworks for primary and lower secondary education, about the coherence that exists in the kindergarten/school educational pathway, and about the transition from kindergarten to school and from primary school to lower secondary school

• have in-depth knowledge about primary education, basic skills, assessment and mapping tools, class management and assessment of pupils’ learning and what promotes learning in different subjects

• have in-depth knowledge about learning theory and children’s development, formation and learning in different social, linguistic and cultural contexts

• have knowledge about children in difficult life situations, including knowledge about bullying, violence and sexual abuse of children, applicable legislation and children’s rights from a national and international perspective

• have broad knowledge about the teaching profession, the distinctive character and history of the subjects, and an understanding of the development of school as an organisation, its mandate, core values and place in society

• have knowledge about using nature and the local environment as a learning arena and adapting activities to different learning environments

Skills

Candidates

• can teach based on knowledge acquired from research and experience, alone and together with others

• can analyse, adapt and use applicable curricula

• can initiate early efforts and ensure progression in pupils’ development of basic skills and academic competence, with special emphasis on reading, writing and numeracy in primary education

• can create inclusive and health-promoting learning environments that contribute to good academic, social and aesthetic learning processes

• can analyse, assess and document pupils’ learning, provide feedback that promotes learning, adapt the education to the pupils’ prerequisites and needs, use varied teaching methods and help pupils to reflect on their own learning and development

• can assess and use relevant teaching materials, digital tools and educational resources, and provide students with digital skills training

• can analyse and relate critically to national and international research and apply this knowledge in their professional practice

• can, alone and in collaboration with others, use relevant methods from research and development work for continuous development of their own and the school’s collective practice, as well as carry out delimited research projects under supervision

• can identify signs of bullying, violence and sexual abuse. Based on professional assessments, candidates should be able to quickly implement the necessary measures, and be able to establish collaboration with relevant professional bodies.

General competence

Candidates

• can strengthen international and multicultural perspectives in the school’s work, contribute to the understanding of the Sámi people’s status as an indigenous population, and stimulate democratic participation and sustainable development

• can initiate and safeguard good school-home collaboration, and collaborate with other actors relevant to the school’s activities

• are able to convey and communicate information regarding academic issues related to professional practice at an advanced level, and have professional digital competence

• can analyse and assess relevant academic and ethical issues and contribute to the development of academic communities at individual schools

• can contribute to innovation processes related to the school’s activities and facilitate the involvement of local working life, society and cultural life in the education.

Job opportunities

The programme qualifies candidates for employment in primary and lower secondary school. The education may also be applicable for positions outside the school system.

Further education

The programme qualifies candidates for admission to doctoral education. Successfully completed education together with at least two years of work experience may qualify candidates for admission to a PhD in Science of Professions at Nord University.

Study abroad

It is possible to take part in exchanges during the first semester of the 3rd academic year of study, and it is possible to take relevant courses at other institutions that offer teacher education. Students can also work on their R&D assignment at the exchange institution and will be followed up by their supervisor.

Candidates can choose between taking either a school-relevant subject or a school subject when on an exchange. The faculty collaborates with a number of universities in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, many countries in Europe, the USA and Canada.

It is stated in Report to the Storting No. 7 (2020-2021) that mobilities and exchanges shall be a central part of teacher education. The faculty encourages students on the programme to take part in a foreign exchange. As a student studying primary and lower secondary teacher education, you have the opportunity to go on an exchange through various mobility programmes, such as Erasmus+ which is the world’s largest mobility programme. You will also have access to various grant schemes. Do you have children? Keep in mind that it is still possible to go on an exchange when you have children – and that there are grant schemes that provide support for families on exchange.

As a teacher, you will help introduce pupils to important topics such as democracy and citizenship, public health, life skills and sustainability. By going on an exchange, you will, among other things, encounter languages, cultures and an academic community that will help you grow in your professional role. Seize the opportunity and go on an exchange!

If you have any questions about exchanges – contact your student advisor who can refer you to the international coordinator.

Teaching sessions

There are four 1-week sessions in the autumn semester and four 1-week sessions in the spring semester.

There will also be daytime teaching every week between the sessions. This teaching takes place online.

Session dates will be announced during the spring of 2022.

Subject to change.

Application deadline and admission

ECTS Credits 300
Study level Master
Scope Full time
Teaching language Norwegian
Police certificate of conduct Yes
Campus Levanger

Application deadline and admission

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