NECEC2300 Early Childhood Education and Care in Norway

    • Credits
    • Teaching semester
      2022 autumn
    • Level of study
      1st cycle: Bachelor's degree
    • Program of study
      Outdoor Play and Learning in Norwegian Early Childhood Education
    • Duration
      1 semester
    • Assessment semester
      2022 autumn
    • Person in charge
      Gjertrud Stordal
    • Language of instruction

Approval signature

Eva Stai Brønstad

Course content

Brief introduction to the course

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the holistic and integrated approach to play, learning, care and formative development reflected in the Norwegian ECEC-model. The course provides experiences, insight and knowledge about everyday life in Norwegian early childhood education and care institutions, emphasing in particular the significance of outdoor play and learning. The student will learn to recognize elements of an inclusive learning environment based on the founding principles of the UN’s convention on the rights of the child.

The course is based on an understanding of ECEC that emphasizes children’s participation and children’s competences as a point of departure for all planning of learning and development activities for young children. Furthermore, the course emphasizes responsibility for the natural environment and sustainable development, as well as the importance of play, creativity and the cultural influences that are fundamental to the development process and well-being of children.

Other values fundamental for this course are gender equality and equality between all people in a social and ethnic diverse society. Accompanying this are values and practices which constitute the foundation for a modern democracy, in accordance with the United Nations (UN) Human Rights. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) forms the ethical foundation by emphasizing the child’s rights to a life that allows a physical, spiritual, moral and social development, as well as play, well-being and participation. 

This course will contribute to the development of a beginner teacher with the ability to promote an inclusive, trusting, stimulating and child friendly learning environment. He/she will take responsibility of his/her continuing professional development and engage in ongoing comparative reflection and learning as early childhood teachers with intercultural experience.

The course contains elements from the following subjects 

  • Nature and Outdoor Activities 
  • Art/Drama/Music 
  • Norwegian language 
  • Maths
  • Education/Pedagogics  
  • Norwegian Culture and Society  
  • Religion, Philosophies of Life and Ethics  


Total ECTS credits 15
The student will get one grade at the end of the course, and not individual grades for each subject.

Learning outcome

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course the student will be able to



1. Describe the holistic and integrated approach to play, learning, care and formative development reflected in the ECEC-model in Norway

2. Explain the importance of trust, care and supportive communication to the development and well-being of young children 

3. Identify some of the fundamental elements of society, culture and language of relevance to ECEC in Norway



1. Facilitate nature and outdoor environments for childrens play, developement and well-being 

2. Express in and reflect on art processes together with, and for children in ECEC.


General competence: 

1. Consider the diverse and multifaceted roles and responsibilities of the ECEC teacher in various socio-cultural contexts

2. Discuss the different ways in which ECEC is conceptualized and structured across socio-cultural context

3. Engage in ongoing ethical reflections related to his/her professional development as an ECEC teacher with intercultural experience

Working and learning activities

Organisation, Teaching and Working methods

The course is part of a professional education where theory and practice form two equal sources of knowledge which are inter-related. The course is a platform for a reflexive meeting between theoretical subject knowledge, practical skills and professionalism, and the three areas of competence should be seen as a holistic unit. Therefore parts of the programme will be practical training in an ECEC setting


Mentored practical training

During the programme the students will gain experience with planning, carrying out and evaluate pedagogical work in the ECEC setting, and gain experience with the preschool teacher profession. Tutoring of the practical training is a joint responsibility for all teachers during the course. The students will have 25 days practice experiences throughout the programme. The practice tutor at the college has the coordinating responsibility for the students during their practical training, and the practice mentor in the ECEC setting is responsible for the practical training in the ECEC institution.

Duration of Practical Training 

Early Childhood Education and Care Setting 0-5 years: 25 days


Responsibility for own learning
Students are expected to take joint responsibility and to have a joint influence during the programme. They are required to work independently and actively to be well prepared for co-operation with children, colleagues, parents and the community, both during the study and in a lifelong learning process. In addition to lecturers and other teacher initiated activities, the students have to take responsibility to acquire knowledge of the contents of the course through self-study, groups, as well as individual work.

Student participation
All teaching and learning activites throughout the course is compulsory. In order to have the various parts of the course approved and to take the final exam the students have to fulfill all compulsory assignments.

Obligatoriske arbeidskrav

CommentMandatory courseworkMandatory coursework grouping
NEC-AK1 Early Childhood Education and Care - PodcastOral assignmentGroups
NEC-AK2 Pedagogical basic visionWritten assignmentIndividual
NEC-AK3 Mentoring Session 1Written assignmentIndividual
NEC-AK4 Mentoring Session 2Written assignmentIndividual
NEC-AK5 Arts, drama and music project for childrenPresentationGroups
OBLTS Mandatory attendance Compulsory attendanceIndividual

Obligatoriske arbeidskrav

Mandatory coursework:Oral assignment
Comment:NEC-AK1 Early Childhood Education and Care - Podcast
Mandatory coursework grouping:Groups
Mandatory coursework:Written assignment
Comment:NEC-AK2 Pedagogical basic vision
Mandatory coursework grouping:Individual
Mandatory coursework:Written assignment
Comment:NEC-AK3 Mentoring Session 1
Mandatory coursework grouping:Individual
Mandatory coursework:Written assignment
Comment: NEC-AK4 Mentoring Session 2
Mandatory coursework grouping:Individual
Mandatory coursework:Presentation
Comment:NEC-AK5 Arts, drama and music project for children
Mandatory coursework grouping:Groups
Mandatory coursework:Compulsory attendance
Comment: OBLTS Mandatory attendance
Mandatory coursework grouping:Individual


Form of assessmentExam codeGroupingDurationType of durationProportionCensor typeSupported materialsComment
Paper OPGIndividual 2500words50%Internal Alle
Evaluation of practical training PRAKSISIndividual 1semesters50%Practical training tutor (internal) and practical training teacher (external) Alle


Form of assessment:Paper
Duration: 2500
Type of duration:words
Supported materials: Alle
Exam code: OPG
Censor type:Internal
Form of assessment:Evaluation of practical training
Duration: 1
Type of duration:semesters
Supported materials: Alle
Exam code: PRAKSIS
Censor type:Practical training tutor (internal) and practical training teacher (external)

Grading scale



All required work has to be done before the exam (OPG).

Additional information

Target group 

The course is designed for visiting students in Norway on 13 weeks of exchange.

It is free for students from institutions with an exchange agreement with Queen Maud University College (QMUC).



Students have to be enrolled in early childhood education and care (ECEC) studies at their home institution. The home institution nominates students for the exchange programme. Students send in their application with copies of reports of marks from all finalised subjects at their home institution and letter of motivation. A registration form is filled in by the students after admission is granted.

Students nominated from partner institutions are given priority if there are more applicants than places.
Free movers must document at least 60 ECTS credits of studies in preferably the field of Early Childhood Education, alternatively in Education. Students with background in ECEC will be given priority.

Applicants must also provide documentation of English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements, see:


Further information 

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