Teacher Education in Uppsala
Tübingen School of Education visits the Department of Education at Uppsala University
Elisabeth Hofmann, TüSE staff member in the field ‘Internationalization’, visited the Department of Education at Uppsala University via the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Program to learn more about Swedish Teacher Education.
The Department of Education in Uppsala is located in Blåsenhus Campus: a modern building with large glass facades just behind Uppsala Castle. The Department of Education covers topics within Teacher Education Programmes such as Inclusive Teaching and offers further educational courses, such as the Master’s Programme ‘Sociology of Education’.
Teacher Education at Uppsala University shows some parallels to teacher education at Tübingen University:
Teachers for higher secondary schools (Gymnasieskolan) study two subjects, but, unlike in Germany, students usually begin with one subject and start their second subject after two or three semesters. The study program for teaching in higher secondary is called subject teaching degree (Ämneslärarexamen) and it also contains parts in education science. The students complete three school internships (VFU).
Teacher education at Uppsala University includes the compulsory module in Inclusion. Inclusion has also been defined a compulsory part in the new Master of Education (M.Ed.) at Tübingen University. Within the visited lecture on inclusive teaching, coping strategies for behavioural difficulties in secondary school were discussed.
Swedish secondary teacher education takes 11 semesters. After graduating, students directly apply for teaching positions at schools.
The Center for Professional Development and Internationalization at Schools, which works on a variety of projects to support pupils with migrant backgrounds and to promote inclusion and equity, was visited, as well as the University Library Carolina Rediviva, which is the oldest library building in Sweden.
Swedish students showing interest in student exchange with Tübingen were given information and advice on study structures at Tübingen University. In Uppsala, students visit classes ‘en bloc’ for 2 to 5 weeks and then begin new classes whereas in Tübingen, students choose 6 to 8 classes, which they visit weekly for up to 15 weeks until the end of the semester.
Blåsenhus Campus has an impressive digital classroom: a circular room located in the middle of the large entry hall, which allows staff to try out various digital teaching methods in class or in training sessions.
The Tübingen School of Education received many new impulses for teacher education and learned a lot on Swedish teacher education and the national educational system. Tübingen School of Education welcomes visits from Uppsala’s Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier.