An exploratory, project-oriented approach to science and sustainable development.

The course Early Childhood Education focusing on Science and Education for Sustainability consists of two modules: Early Childhood Educational Perspective on Science and Education for Sustainability and Subject Learning and Teaching on Science and Education for Sustainability.

The following topics are covered in the course module Early Childhood Educational Perspective on Science and Education for Sustainability (8 credits):

- scientific exploration in preschools using project-based work, aesthetic forms of expression and outdoor teaching activities;

- sustainable development from the perspective of early childhood education;

- the teaching environment and the significance of materials for children’s scientific exploration and meaning-making;

- pedagogical documentation as a tool for highlighting children’s thoughts and ideas about scientific phenomena and sustainable development;

- communicating science and sustainability by means of aesthetic expressions, play and digital tools.

The following topics are covered in the course module Subject Learning and Teaching on Science and Education for Sustainability (4 credits):

- basic scientific and technological terminology, models and theories, with a special focus on ecology, natural cycles and sustainable development;

- basic terminology concerning chemical processes and physical phenomena;

- learning for sustainable development and different forms of participation;

- outdoor didactic approaches with focus on science

Student groups

The course is offered for international exchange students, students from the program in Early Childhood Education as well as students who have applied for the course as a free standing (single subject) course.

Forms of teaching in the course

Instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars, supervision sessions, laboratory work, and excursions, as well as via the university’s virtual learning environment.

Specified teaching sessions are mandatory. Absence must be compensated for as described in the study guide.

The course starts both spring and autumn. The course is a full time course (100%).

The course is offered the following periods

Autumn semester 2019: September 2 until October 21

Spring semester 2020: January 20 until March 10

Prerequisites and special admittance requirements

60 higher education credits (ECTS) in teacher education, social sciences, natural sciences and/or the humanities (or equivalent). English B/English 6 (Swedish upper secondary school course) or equivalent.

How to apply

Dates for application

  • For autumn semester 2019: application period is March 15 - April 15.
  • For spring semester 2020: application period is September 16 until October 15


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Exchange student?

Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine. If you are an exchange student please see more information here.

International freemover students

International students create an account and submit your online application via the central Swedish application site:

Application - a Step by Step Guide

It is important that you docucment your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information here:

Documenting eligibility

Documenting English proficiency

Combine courses to study a full semester

For students interested in studying a full semester 30 credits (ECTS) these two courses are also available:
UB308F Early Childhood Education: Explorative Learning, 6 credits (ECTS)
UB314F Early Childhood Education Focusing  on Mathematics and Technology 12 credits (ECTS)

Practical information


Autumn 2019

Spring 2020

  • Syllabus
  • Course literature (to be updated at the latest two months prior to the course start)

  • Schedule (to be updated at the latest one month prior to the course start)

  • Study Guide (to be updated at the latest one month prior to the course start)


Please note that the lectures/seminars will take place at serveral different areas of the Stockholm University campus. Please take the time to check directions before the lectures:

Department of Child and Youth Studies:

In most cases you have lectures at the Department of Child and Youth Studies. See directions here.

Department of Mathematics and Science Education:

You will also have a few lectures at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education. See directions here.

Contact information

If you have questions regarding the content of the course please contact the teacher responsible for the course. If you have administrative questions regarding admissions, registration, registration of grades etc. please contact the course administrator.

Course leader and examiner: Emelie Moberg,

Course administrator: Malin Håkansson, e-mail:

Additional information

Guidelines for groupwork whitin courses at BUV

Stockholm University Library offers self-study courses on-line in English on how to look for articles and literature and advice for writing an essay.

Academic writing service. The Academic Writing Service provides writing support to all students who write their course work, e.g. essays, reports, research papers, theses etc. in English. All services are free of charge for students at Stockholm University.

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