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Teacher education at Örebro University

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Teacher education makes up a substantial portion of Örebro University’s course offering, with around 1,500 students enrolled on the university’s professional degree programmes in teaching. Teacher students thereby make up 10 per cent of the total number of students at Örebro University.

Every autumn, around 400 students enrol on one of our teacher education programmes within early years education, primary education, subject teacher education and special education. Nearly half of these students take up studies on the subject teacher education programme with a specialisation in upper secondary school teaching, where some 15 subject combinations are offered. Moreover, Örebro University is one of six higher education institutions in Sweden to offer a bridging programme for graduates with a foreign qualification relevant to Swedish schools.

As of the autumn 2018, the responsibility for all teacher education programmes, their development, execution and follow up lies with the faculty of humanities and social sciences. All faculties are involved, however, with some ten subjects contributing to the teacher education programmes. These subjects represent four different schools: School of Humanities, Education and Social Science , School of Health Sciences , School of Music, Theatre and Art and School of Science and Technology.

As with all teaching and learning at Örebro University, the premise for our teacher education programmes is the close ties that exist between education, research and collaboration with the wider community.

Teaching placements are undertaken at our partner pre-schools and schools in the region, with close links between the students and their supervisors. Other public engagement activities in the region include various networking activities, conferences for head teachers and directors of education, as well as continuing professional development initiatives. One example is the coordination of various schemes launched by the Swedish National Agency for Education, such as the CPD initiative Lärarlyftet. As a rule, such activities are coordinated via Regionalt utvecklingscentrum (RUC), a hub for research-based collaboration between the teacher education programmes, schools and school authorities in the region.

At the university, there are a number of research environments for educational science, contributing to providing the teacher education programmes with a foundation of solid scholarship. Starting in the spring 2019, the university will be investing, together with the school authorities in the region, in setting up structures for collaboration on practice-based research. Since 2009, the university is also host to a research school in educational science and the autumn 2019 will see a third intake of PhD students embarking on their doctoral studies in the field.

In 2016, Örebro University’s vice-chancellor launched a strategic initiative involving teacher education. The Teacher Education for Tomorrow scheme has the vision to shape challenging programmes in a stimulating learning environment that attract motivated students. The initiative will run until the spring 2022.