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As a teacher in school-age education and care and the music subject, you work with pupils between ages 6-12 years. The assignment is to create meaningful leisure time for pupils that challenge and stimulate learning as well as awaken the desire to develop musically.

Musiklärare visar elev hur man spelar gitarr.
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During the three-year long programme, the student will develop professional skill and learn to create pedagogical environments that render play and learning possible. The student are introduced to aesthetic learning processes such as music, art, dance, and drama. The student will also learn to work with multi modal working processes that may include learning mathematics and Swedish outdoors or to use digital tools in teaching.

An important aspect is to, while designing the teaching, be able to intercept and emanate from pupils’ own needs, interests, and experiences.

The student will also get advanced knowledge in conflict resolution, leadership, and how to work with pupils’ social development. It means, among other things, to work with group activities and democracy projects. Furthermore, the student will learn to plan, execute, and assess the teaching in school-age education and care in relation to regulatory documents.

Please note that the programme is only offered with Swedish as the language of instruction.

Entry Music

By choosing the entry Music, the student will also be able to work as a teacher in the subject in school, from first to sixth form. 
During the programme, the student read 30 credits music with didactic specialisation, divided over two modules. After the final subject course, the student have a period of teaching placement in the subject music, 7,5 credits. Then, the student will get to follow a music teacher on a placement school and try his/her hand at planning and executing teaching.
As a teacher in music, the student should be able to assess and grade pupils in sixth form. Studies in the subject music entails reading and writing assignments but also a lot of practical work such as proficiency training, personal development, and work and reflection in group.

The Subject Courses in Music Cover:

  • children’s musical development and age appropriate repertoire
  • musical theory and creation of music
  • musical analysis and musical expressions
  • different forms of music such as song, games, and movement
  • musical leadership and project management
  • music-didactic work, planning, and assessment

As a music teacher, the student have to be able to conceptualise song and lead the children from instruments such as guitar and piano. The student should therefore have good experience of singing and playing instruments, to be able to take on the music course’s content in the best way.  

  • Programme overview

    The program consists of 180 ECTS and run over a period of six semesters (three years) in full time.

    Apart from the specialisation music, 30 ECTS, the student read courses in:

    • School age educare, 60 ECTS (including a degree project of 15 ECTS)
    • The educational science core, 60 ECTS
    • Teaching placement, 30 ECTS

    The study programme leads to a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education.

    The courses in The educational science core cover:

    • history of the school system, its organisation and conditions as well as the core values of early years education, including fundamental democratic values and human rights,
    • syllabus theory and didactics,
    • theory of knowledge and research methodology,
    • development, learning and special needs education,
    • social relationships, conflict management and leadership,
    • assessing and analysing learning and development, and
    • evaluation and development processes.

    Year 1

    First semester

    • School age education and care I: Learning in and about school age educare, Part I, 7, 5 credits
    • The history of Education and its role in society, 5 credits
    • School Placement I, 2,5 credits
    • Perspectives on learning and development, 7,5 credits
    • School age educare I: Learning in and out about school age educare, Part II, 7,5 credits

    Second semester

    • Art in School I or Music I or Physical Education I, 15 credits
    • Law and Ethics in Schools, 2,5 credits
    • School Placement II, 5 credits
    • School-Age Educare III: Language and Mathematics through Multimodal Learning, 7,5 credits

    Year 2

    Third semester

    • Social Relations in School, 7,5 credits
    • School Age Educare II, Multimodal Learning and Identity Formation, 7,5 credits
    • Art in School II or Music II or Physical Education II, 15 credits

    Fourth semester

    • School Placement III in Music or Art or Physical Education in School, 7,5 credits
    • School Age Educare IV: Leadership and collaboration, 7,5 credits
    • Presentation and Rhetoric’s, 3,5 credits
    • Special Education, 7,5 credits
    • Development and Evaluation in Primary and Secondary School, 4 credits

    Year 3

    Fifth semester

    • School-Age Education and Care V: Subject Work in School with Exploratory Methods, 7,5 credits
    • Knowledge, Science and Methology, 7,5 credits
    • Subject Didactics of School Age Education and Care, Curriculum Theory and Assessment, 15 credits

    Sixth semester

    • Degree Project, Teacher Education Programme for Primary School, Specializing in School-Age Education and Care, 15 credits
    • School Placement IV, 15 credits
  • More information

    More about School-age educare in Sweden

    Swedish School-age Education and Care - extended education ("Fritidshem" in Swedish).
    In Sweden this provision is a fully integrated part of school and is provided for 6 to 12 year olds.

    A primary teaching qualification specialising in school-age educare is required to gain a license to teach in school-age educare. Approximately 40% of staff hold this type of qualification.

    Teaching in school-age educare is based on children’s needs and interests, with educare understood as a combination of care, development and learning, according to the National curriculum for primary school, chapter four, which focuses on school-age educare. (National Agency of Education, 2016, 2017)

    An overview of the Swedish education system - the Swedish National Agency for Education

    Teacher certification - the Swedish National Agency for Education

    Curriculum for the compulsory school, preschool class and school-age educare, revised 2018