4. Vocational Teacher Education Studies

Vocational teacher education studies consist of 60 credits that are based on the statute comprising the elements below;

  • The basics of educational sciences
  • Studies in vocational pedagogy
  • Teaching practise
  • Other studies

This curriculum is competence based and consists of three study modules which are based on the previously mentioned competence areas. The three modules are:

  • Continuous learning
  • Developing the educational environment
  • Facilitating learning

The Cooperation and Interaction competence area will be developed within these three study modules.

4.1 Continuous Learning

The Continuous Learning study module continues throughout the programme. This study module provides you with the theoretical and practical tools with which to improve your teaching skills, thereby developing your own professional identity, and to enable you to update them through life-long learning.

The continuous learning study module is composed of:

You begin compiling your portfolio by creating a personal learning plan (PLP) and, at the end of your studies, complete the process by conducting a self-assessment. Your optional studies will help you to build your knowledge and will therefore contribute to your portfolio. You can choose to study these optional modules in any vocational teacher training college, or indeed, with any other relevant educational institution that best meets your personal learning objectives.

Continuous learning skills as well as periods of study will contribute to developing the working environments as well as developing cooperation and interaction between areas of expertise.

4.2 Developing the Educational Environment

In Developing the Educational Environment you will examine two areas. Firstly, the connections between vocational education, the surrounding society and working life. Secondly, you will concentrate specifically on educational institutions as teachers’ working environment. Additionally, you will get acquainted with research and development actions which are part of teachers’ work.

Through this module  competences related to both continuous learning, and interaction and cooperation are supported and assessed in addition to competences related to the development of educational environments.

Developing the Educational Environment module is composed of:

Facilitating Learning

In the Teaching and Facilitating Learning study module you will concentrate on your teaching skills and facilitating students through the learning process by planning and implementing a series of teaching. Issues such as professional development, learning, facilitating learning, assessment and diverse learners are the main focus points of this module.

This module combines other themes introduced in various other courses within this programme into teaching practise. For those of you who are already working as teachers, your teaching practise will take place in your own educational establishment. For others, who are not working as teachers at the moment, your teaching practise can take place in different kinds of educational establishments.

Those of you who are studying full-time should aim to complete this module during autumn 2015 and spring 2016. If you are studying part-time, you have the opportunity to complete your teaching practise in the autumn term of 2016 also.

In addition to supporting and assessing facilitating learning skills, the courses within this module supports and assesses continuous learning competences, interaction and co-operation skills and competences to develop educational environments.

The Facilitating Learning study module is composed of: