Early Childhood Education and Daycare

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




1 semester (30 ECTS)

Campus city


Study start

February and September

About the Early Childhood Education exchange programme

  • Application deadline:

    • Autumn semester: 1 May
    • Spring semester: 1 November 


    The programme is taught in English 

    In Early Childhood Education & Daycare you will get a thorough introduction to the Danish pedagogical daycare practice; a pedagogy known for its recognition of the child and the creative approach, respecting the individual needs of the child concerning wellbeing, development and learning. 

    As part of the course, you will participate in an 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.

    Professional co-creation, judgment, and ethics (Module 5 in the curriculum) (10 ECTS)

    The module is directed at pedagogical knowledge and competence to act in collaborative creation, community and citizenship.

    The module contains knowledge about the global and local development of the welfare society and the social, historical, institutional and professional context for pedagogical work and the relationship of such work with and cooperation with related professions.

    This knowledge is applied through planning, implementation, documentation and evaluation of a project and teaching within pedagogical practice, with emphasis on collaborative creation of relevant parties, pedagogical environments and activities that contribute to citizenship and democratic education and formation.

    Evaluated through a written and oral study product.

    Childhood, culture and learning (Module 7 in the curriculum) (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. 

    Evaluated through study products given.

    Relation and communication (1. practicum in the curriculum) (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 facilitating learning, caring and relationships.

    Evaluated through a written portfolio and oral dialogue. Passed or not passed.

  • The minimum requirement to apply for the course is to have passed the first two semesters at bachelor’s level at your relevant university or another institute of higher education.

    With regards to language proficiency, it is required to have an English level, spoken and written, equivalent to B2, according to the Common European Framework.

    Who can apply?

    Any student, from a partner university, is welcome to apply. The programme is designed for students of social education, teaching and/or social work.

    If you do not know whether your home institution is among VIA's partners, please contact the international office at your home institution.

  • Your home institution must have an inter-institutional agreement with VIA University College in order for you to be able to apply for an exchange programme at VIA.

    If an agreement exists, you will be able to fill in the application form. Please be aware that VIA must receive a nomination from your home institution as well. 

    Go to the application portal to apply now

  • Exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Per definition, exchange stays are an exchange of one or more students between partner universities and therefore, exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    If you do not know, if your institution is a partner of VIA, please contact the international office at your home institution. If your institution is not a partner of VIA and you would like us to discuss the possibility of establishing an exchange agreement with your home institution, please contact us at bell@via.dk.

  • Student counselling

    VIA University College
    Jens Otto Krags Plads 3
    8900 Randers

    Anne-Mette Nystrøm Søndergaard
    International Administrative Coordinator
    T: +45 87 55 34 06
    E: amsj@via.dk

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