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Qualification: Preschool Education, Diploma

Preschool Education, Diploma

Qualification Information

Knowledge and understanding. On completion of undergraduate study in preschool studies, students are expected to have gained knowledge and understanding of

  • the Icelandic education system and of teachers’ working environment, including school management, preschool legislation and the role of teachers’ professional associations and unions
  • international agreements and the school-political context of education and learning, the organisation of school practices, human rights and children’s diversity
  • major theories, concepts  and academic methods forming the foundation of early education preschool studies: school history, social sciences, philosophy, educational and developmental psychology
  • variety in preschool practice which takes social diversification into account
  • guidelines of the national preschool curriculum, pillars of education and emphases of preschool subject fields
  • major ideas, models and theories of curriculum development, organisation and management of preschool practices
  • technological solutions in preschool practices, such as texts, multimedia and communication

Ability. On completion of undergraduate study, students are expected to have gained ability to

  • analyse preschool topic areas according to the objectives of preschool practices and children‘s diverse ways of learning
  • organise and participate in education and learning with children
  • organise a learning environment for a diverse group of children
  • keep track of professional and academic discussion of school practice, taking account of these discussions within the working environment
  • express themselves orally and in writing and participate in discussions on professional matters where opinions diverge
  • use a variety of means of communication with others connected with school practice: children, parents, teaching colleagues and other professionals
  • make use of accepted databases and information connected to academic area

Skills. On completion of undergraduate study, students are expected to have developed skills to

  • critically view their role as responsible professionals, both within the school system and in society as a whole
  • cope with the social context of school practices and use professional judgement in their work
  • organise preschool children’s learning, emphasising social communication, play, imagination and creative activity
  • integrate knowledge with experience, attitudes and ability and apply it to the organisation and management of preschool practices
  • undertake further study in their fields and display independent working methods in their study
  • take part in communication and collaboration with children and adults
  • apply their knowledge to reflect, develop and research their own work and work practices
  • develop children’s sense of respect for themselves, others and their environment; develop and discuss accepted social values according to the objectives set out in preschool legislation
  • share with children an interest in society outside the preschool, in accordance with their level of maturity, interests and capabilities

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Preschool Education

NQF Level: 
6