In Early Childhood Education and Preschool Teaching you will get a thorough introduction to the Danish pedagogical daycare practice; a pedagogy known for its recognition of the child and creative approach, respecting the individual needs of the child concerning care, development and learning.
As part of the course, you will participate in internships in Danish daycare institutions. This combination of theory and practice is crucial to Danish social education.
During the semester the students will attend three modules. All are mandatory.
1. Professional judgment, knowledge and ethics (10 ECTS)
Involves working with the student´s knowledge and experiences concerning the professional judgment of pedagogical practice.
The module focuses on pedagogical professional history, values and view of humanity, professional ethics and pedagogical philosophy. The students will focus on creating opportunities to involve their own experiences from practice in the analysis of the connection between pedagogical theory and practice.
The aim is to gain knowledge and skills from different paradigms, and, by that, act in a professional way. Hence, the student will be enabled to analyse and assess dilemmas from a professional, ethical point of view. The student will reflect and judge pedagogical situations and act towards practice from a social professional responsible position.
2. Childhood, culture and learning (10 ECTS)
Students will focus on daycare practice, in particular the ability to produce curricula from a professional didactic. The key focus is to work with children´s diverse growth conditions and development of resilience.
The learning aim is to establish processes that will facilitate activities according to upbringing. The main purpose is to use and create esthetic methods and approaches from the perspective of the child, including through the involvement of the children.
3. Relation and communication (10 ECTS)
The practicum aims at relations, cooperation and communication in pedagogical practice with 0-6-year-old children.
The focus is on diverse conditions regarding thriving relations and communication. From this placement period, the student should learn how to create relationship with the child and support the development of children´s communication.
The main focus is on play and creative culture as approaches to interact with the child, based on esthetic learning methods to facilitate learning, caring and relationships.
- Module 1 is evaluated through a written and oral exam. Mark is giving acording to EU-scale.
- Module 2 has no direct examination, but the student needs to work out some specific products.
- Module 3 is examined by a written portfolio followed by an oral exam. Mark is giving passed or not passed.