Master in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication

General

Program Description

The two-year Master's Degree Program in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication (120 ECTS) prepares students to teach foreign languages to children. Special emphasis is laid on early age intercultural communication competence.

The general strength of the program is generated by its didactics and methodology relying upon a balanced combination of theory and practice to be used in future work as a teacher or educator. The program facilitates gaining a multicultural view on educational issues and sharing personal/collective experience in intercultural settings. The program prepares its students to effectively tackle challenges and possibilities arising from globalization, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity.

The curriculum is composed of the following three study modules:

Orientation Studies (6 ECTS)

Orientation Studies include introductory courses that provide students with skills needed for starting their studies at the University of Eastern Finland and in this particular program.

Major Studies (94 ECTS)

Major Studies include methodological studies and research seminars, and courses focusing on international professional communication. The studies are oriented towards the theory and practice of teaching foreign languages to young learners, current pedagogical and educational issues, innovative pedagogical solutions, as well as teaching and professional practice.

Other Studies (20 ECTS)

Other Studies may include any university-level courses that serve to deepen students' expertise in the field of education and intercultural competence.

Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have:

  • A Bachelor's (or Master's) degree in the area of education or foreign languages, or equivalent, AND
  • Studies or work experience in the field of early language education, AND
  • Sufficient English proficiency.

Minimum requirements for the language skills verified through the official language tests are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 92
  • PTE (Academic): 62
  • C1 Advanced: 176
  • C2 Proficiency: 176

All applicants will be assessed and placed in the rank order on the basis of the following criteria, each graded from 0 to 10:

  • Earlier academic performance
  • Motivation letter

The candidates for scholarships are placed in the rank order on the basis of the criteria above.

Application Process

The next application period is from 1 December 2020 to 20 January 2021. All applications are to be submitted through the national application portal Studyinfo (studyinfo.fi).

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

There is a tuition fee of 8000 euros per year for non-EU/EEA students. Scholarships covering 70 % of the tuition fee are available and can be applied during the online application process. For further information, see www.uef.fi/en/web/admissions/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.

Further Information

Should you have any questions concerning the program, please contact Coordinator Juuso Loikkanen (juuso.loikkanen@uef.fi).

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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