Program Content

VFU_046. Foto: Eva Dalin, Stockholms universitet
Children at preeschool.
Foto: Eva Dalin, Stockholm university.

The program enables students to gain in-depth knowledge of different scientific frameworks regarding children at preschool age and preschool as the first institution in the education system. The studies provide increased insight, knowledge and ability to critically analyse, think and act based on both scientific and practice-based perspectives.

The Master's program is full-time and mainly web-based. This means that most of the teaching is done at distance via the internet. However, certain elements of the program and optional courses during the second year of the program may be campus-based.

OBS! The teaching language is Swedish.

A career path in public and business sectors, or continuing research

The program provides competences that are useful in work that place high demands on independence and your ability to maintain a critical and analytical approach. These are competencies that are demanded in research, development, analyst and consulting positions, as well as in management, within various operations. The program also provides a broad and deep wealth of knowledge that gives the opportunity to continue studies at PhD level in Early Childhood Education.

After one year of the Master's degree

There is also the possibility of taking out a part-qualification (Degree of Master) after having completed the first year (60 credits, including a thesis project of 15 credits).

Programme syllabus and structure

The teaching is conducted online, using Zoom. To participate in the courses students need headsets or headphones/speakers and microphone, as well as a working internet connection. An introduction to Zoom is given during the first meeting on campus, at the start of the program.

The program requires two days obligatory attendance on campus at the start of the program as well as 1-2 days obligatory attendance at the end of each academic year for a public discussion of master's and degree of master's theses.

Deeper and broader studies as well as practical components

The first year is more in-depth and broader in relation to the Early Childhood Education Programme and also contains practical components. The program allows students the opportunity to try out, for example, a methodology, conducting a study or visiting museums. In this way, theoretical studies are combined with practical elements. The second year is more concerned with preparation for research and the content is governed to a great deal by what students themselves choose to study in depth, before starting their master's thesis, through optional courses and specialised independent study.

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Student studying together. Foto: Niklas Björling, Stockholm university.

Choose to study parts of the program abroad

Students can choose to apply to do their data gathering abroad, for their master thesis in the fourth semester.

There are several different scholarships to apply for to write a thesis abroad both in the Nordic countries and the EU as well as for data gathering in a developing country via the Minor Field Study scholarship.

In the summer between semester two and semester three, students can also apply for an Erasmus grant for an internship during the summer. The internship can be included as a supplement to their graduate certificate. It is also possible, via the same scholarship, to apply for an internship after graduation in another EU country via a so-called recent-graduate scholarship.

Entry requirements for the program

To be admitted to the program, a degree of at least 180 credits is required, including a degree project of at least 15 credits. In addition, Swedish/Swedish as a Second Language 3 is required and English 6 or equivalent.


The program leads to a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, 120 credits or a Degree of Master in Early Childhood Education, 60 credits.

Applying for the program

The program starts in the autumn term 2019 and the application period is from mid-March to mid-April. Apply via

OBS! The teaching language is Swedish.


For more information about the content of the program, please contact the program co-ordinator:


Åsa Bartholdsson. Foto: Niklas Björling
Åsa Bartholdsson.
Foto: Niklas Björling, Stockholm university.

Program co-ordinator
Åsa Bartholdson










Administration and study guidance for the Master's program in Early Childhood Education


Mikey Cortes Chavez

Mikey Cortes Chavez