Master of Science in EDUCARE - The Swedish Preschool Model

Jönköping University

Program Description

Master of Science in EDUCARE - The Swedish Preschool Model

Jönköping University

As its name indicates, the Swedish approach to preschool (EDUCARE), integrates educational and care-giving practice to support the learning and development of children between the ages of one and six. The international master’s programme in EDUCARE combines classroom- based instruction with field work in Swedish preschools, family centers and other early childhood education venues. The programme welcomes Swedish and international students. Programme instruction is in English.

Students who complete the programme 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 programme will be well positioned for employment as preschool educators, researchers, and leaders, whether they choose to purse their careers internationally or in Sweden. At the same time, students will leave the programme ready to pursue doctoral studies in early childhood education or related fields, as the programme provides a combination of rigorous research and field work, taught by PhD 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 programme

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


The programme has been cancelled. More information to follow autumn 2016.


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 profiency is required.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
117,000 SEK
Start date Sept. 2017
Sweden Jönköping
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 117,000 SEK
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.