As its name indicates, the Swedish approach to preschool (EDUCARE), integrates educational and caregiving practice to support the learning and development of children between the ages of one and six. The international master’s program in EDUCARE combines classroom-based instruction with fieldwork in Swedish preschools, family centers, and other early childhood education venues. The program welcomes Swedish and international students. Program instruction is in English. Students who complete the program will have expertise in the pedagogy and policies of EDUCARE.

Given Sweden’s standing as a world leader in early childhood education, graduates of the program will be well positioned for employment as preschool educators, researchers, and leaders, whether they choose to pursue their careers internationally or in Sweden. At the same time, students will leave the program ready to pursue doctoral studies in early childhood education or related fields, as the program provides a combination of rigorous research and fieldwork, taught by Ph.D. faculty from the Preschool Education and Research Group at Jönköping University’s School of Education and Communication, as well as through guest lectures by national and international experts in the field.

Courses within the program

NB Preliminary list of courses.

Year 1

  • The growth and development of the Swedish preschool: from social policy to educational policy 10 credits
  • Preschool educational/didactical perspectives focusing on play, exploration and learning 10 credits
  • Systematic documentation, analysis, and evaluation, and leadership in preschool 10 credits
  • Theory of Science and Scientific Methods 15 credits
  • Thesis project (Empirical study) 15 credits



Conducted at School of Education and Communication.

  • Credits: 60 credits
  • Level: Master's
  • Rate of study: Full-time
  • Place of study: Campus-based
  • Language: English
  • Start date: Autumn 2018
  • Application code: HJ-MU094

Degree: 1 years, 60 credits. Master of Science with a major Education.


The applicant must hold the minimum of a bachelor's degree (ie. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) within behavioral science, social work, educational sciences, or related field including independent, theoretical based work, i.e. a thesis or equivalent.

The applicant must also have a minimum of one year experience working in supervised early childhood education and/or care settings (e.g. preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, daycare).

Proof of English proficiency is required. While prior work experience in supervised early childhood education (e.g. preschool, kindergarten, daycare, elementary school) is not a requirement, applicants with this kind of experience are preferred.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
1 year
117,000 SEK
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
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