Play, creativity and learning

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


Title: Early Childhood Education and Preschool Teaching in Denmark

Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS)

Programme start: Mid-February and beginginig of September

Application deadline:

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

Study location: Randers. Read about VIA Campus Randers (in English)

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 internships 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, language and ethnicity. The main purpose is to use and create esthetic 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 esthetic learning methods to facilitate learning, caring and relationships.


  • Module 1 is examined by a multiple choice questionnaire and written paper followed by an oral exam. 
  • 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.
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: one in February and one in June.

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 and Danish students can apply for the semester in Early Childhood Education and Preschool Teaching in Denmark

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


You have to fill in an online application form.

Go to the application form (use Google Chrome or Firefox when you fill in the 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.

Student counselling
We are ready to help you even before applying.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding your attendance at Early Childhood Education and Preschool Teaching.

International counsellor 

Flemming Arnfred
T: +45 87 55 35 62

International administrator

Kim Andersen
T: +45 87 55 35 38

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

International administrator 

Kim Andersen
T: +45 87 55 35 58

Read about VIA Campus Randers (in English).