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Childhood, culture and ethics

VIA Early Childhood Education and Preschool Teaching in Denmark


Would you like to study education focused on children aged 0-6 years in a different and innovative way? Join Early Childhood Education based on a Danish pedagogical approach and learning style. We combine theory with real life experiences.


About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Early Childhood Education and Preschool Teaching in Denmark

    Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS)

    Programme start and end:

    1st February till 30. June

    1st September till 31. January

    Application deadline:

    • Autumn semester: 1 June
    • Spring semester: 1 December

    Study location: Randers. Read about Campus Randers

    Language: The programme is taught in English

  • Structure and content

    Experience Danish pedagogy known for its recognition of the child and creative approach. Respecting the individual needs of the child concerning care, development and learning.

    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 internship in Danish daycare institutions. This combination of theory and practice is crucial to Danish social education. 

    The modules

    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 aesthetic 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 aesthetic learning methods to facilitate learning, caring and relationships.


    • Module 1 is evaluated through a written and oral exam. Mark is giving according 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.
  • Enrolment

    Early Childhood Education is both for Danish and International students. 

    You are entitled to apply for the course, if you study at bachelor level at least, and have passed the first two semesters of education at your relevant university or university of applied sciences.

    You need an English-language level, spoken and written language, of B2, according to the Common European Framework.

    Students worldwide who study social education, teacher education or and/social work are welcome to apply.

  • How to apply

    There are two application deadlines every year.

    You can participate in the exchange semester both in spring and autumn.


    • Mid-August till Mid-December
    • Application deadline: 1 June


    • Mid-February till Mid-June
    • Application deadline: 1 December

    Who can apply?

    Both international students from VIAs partner universities and freemovers can apply for this course.

    The international semester is designed for international students studying teacher training programmes aimed at children and young people aged 0-18 and social work.

    Get the application form

  • Fees and tuition

    Exchange students from institutions with a bilateral partner agreement do not pay tuition fees.

    If you are studying at an institution with a bilateral partner agreement with VIA, your participation at Early Childhood Education and Preschool Teaching is tuition-free.

    Students from institutions without a bilateral partner agreement must pay EUR 5,000.00 for the Exchange Semester.

    Apply for FIVU scholarships

    Students from non-partner institutions, and especially students who are not eligible for an Erasmus scholarship, may apply for FIVU scholarship. 

    Find more about FIVU sholarship

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us, if you have any questions.

    VIA University College
    Education and Social Studies
    Jens Otto Krags Plads 3
    8900 Randers
    DK - Denmark.

    International counsellor 

    Flemming Arnfred
    T: +45 87 55 35 62

    The International Counsellor will be of assistance if you should have any questions about housing or other practical matters. 

    International administrator 

    Kim Andersen
    T: +45 87 55 35 38

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