Structure and content
Exchange: Teaching Education
Choose from a list of course packages
In this programme, you may choose from a list of course packages according to your own preferences and teaching studies in your home country. Each package has the duration of a semester. You will need to obtain between 15-30 ECTS.
In the exchange programme, you will typically join students enrolled in our International Teacher Profile programme where courses and subjects are taught in English.
Choose your personal course package
These are examples of packages of courses and subjects that you may choose from. Please note that the packages are subject to change and that you will need to contact the international coordinator of this programme to receive an updated description.
Choose package 1
Total ECTS: 30
The module focuses on the interrelation between pedagogical philosophy and the view on formation, humans, teaching and learning. Pedagogical paradoxes, dilemmas and conflicts are an integrated part of the module contents.
The module deals with class room relations, ethics of teaching, conflict management and class room management. The aim is to qualify the student to carry out and manage the teaching taking into consideration the different purposes of the teaching and the context of the teaching.
The aim is to develop the student’s ability to think critically and reflex constructively and to qualify the student’s judgement in the pedagogical practice in a school influenced by cultural diversity, where dialogue, mutual respect and tolerance are keywords.
Through creative and experimenting work with IT, the student works with different media and the didactical potential of different media and technologies. In addition the student will analyse, assess, select and apply relevant media and technologies. The student will be able to plan, carry out, evaluate and develop courses with the application of IT and digital instructional materials.
This module offers a theoretical approach to various culture theories and models, and the module focuses on English as a mean of communication in a globalized world, intercultural competencies and culture as a part of language teaching. Students will learn how to plan and carry out language teaching with a focus on intercultural learning and teaching in a globalized world.
Choose package 2
Total ECTS: 30
This module poses the following questions: What is language? What is the learner’s language? What is the goal of language teaching? How does one describe language? How and why does one teach the linguistic elements?
The starting point is communicative competence in relation to the subject in school and teacher training, including subject and view on language. The focus is on a single ”language segment”, for example: target language type, learner language in the initial phase or learner language in the final phase.
This module poses the following questions: What is culture? What is intercultural competence? What is international cooperation and interaction? What is and how can the teacher’s textual competence be defined? What is the interrelation between language and culture? How does the teacher prepare and plan his or her teaching in order to develop the pupil’s intercultural understanding and intercultural competence through the international dimension, through the work with texts and IT based working methods?
Intercultural competence in language teaching is about the work with intercultural competence from a linguistic and cultural perspective that includes knowledge about culture and society in English speaking countries and in a global perspective. The module includes working with textual competence based on different genres within the extended textual concept including literature pedagogics and selection criteria for texts aimed at language teaching in the primary and lower secondary school.
This module deals with the pupil’s learning in a learning community. The learning processes and the development of the pupil as a member of a diverse group is the main focus of the module.
The main focus of the module is the learning processes and the development of the pupil as a member of a diverse group in which every pupil with its personal, social and cultural preconditions is a part of the school community.
An extra-curricular course is offered in outdoor education. All exchange students will partake in this course.
The goal of the course is to offer students that are curious of the concept of outdoor education to gain some basics of how nature is used and understood in a Scandinavian and global context. The outdoors is introduced as an important and useful frame for pedagogical work with children and young people.
In this course you will be introduced to Danish pedagogy and how the outdoors is used in pedagogical work in the Nordic countries. Moreover, we shall discuss the relationship and understanding of nature seen from an international perspective, thereby bringing students’ perspective into play as we explore the topic.
The outdoors or nature has some special characteristics that helps learning and development and it is tradition to use the outdoors in Nordic Pedagogy when working with education – especially in the early years.
The course will incorporate field-trips, company visits, and lots of outdoor activities such as cooking over fire, collecting herbs, learning maths in nature, or handling waste and sustainability, among many other things.
Do a teaching practice in a local partner school
As part of your course package there may be a teaching practice at a local partner school. Please contact us, whether this is a possibility during the time of your exchange.
Teaching with guidance
During the teaching practice, you will teach children (age group 5-16 years old) and participate in other teacher tasks at a primary and lower secondary school, a private school or at a continuation school. This will always be with the guidance of one or more experienced teachers.
You will link theory and practice
The main objective of the teaching practice is to strengthen your understanding of and ability to link theory and practice - with the key purpose of strengthening your skills in planning, implementing, evaluating and developing your teaching. The teaching practice also aims to develop your proficiency to interact with parents, teachers and other co-workers.
The teaching practice is organized in a way that will help you achieve key comptences within three areas:
- Class management
- Relations and cooperation
Evaluations and exams
As an exchange student you will need to take exams on the same terms as students following the full-degree programme. You can find more information in our examination regulations.
In Denmark students are evaluated on the basis of a 7-point grading scale. Learn more about the Danish grading system and how it translates.
Academic life at UCN
Primarily class-based teaching with close connections
At UCN, you will spend more time in class rooms with your own class, than you will in large auditoriums. This means that there is time for you, for dialogue and for building better connections with your class mates and lecturer.
You will experience many different forms of teaching and learning such as whole-class instruction, group work, self-study, project case work, visits from guest lecturers and speakers and various excursions.
You will be on campus (nearly) every day
When you are not having classes, you will often be on campus doing group work or participating in different activities.
Teaching that focuses on real life
At UCN, you will meet an academic environment that focuses on introducing you to the real world. Not only are internships/placements/practices an integrated part of all our full-degree programmes, but in addition you will be presented with practice-related cases and projects simulating reality. This may take place as collaboration with companies and institutions or in labs/class-rooms where you can experiment and practice your subject-related skills.
Our learning approach
We always combine theory with practice. We call it Reflective Practice-based Learning. Read more about UCN's learning approach.