Swedish Preschool Education

Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Education

Location: Jönköping

Start date: 

We will not be admitting new students to this programme for the Autumn 2021 admission cycle.

Sweden is a world leader in the provision of high quality, universal early childhood education. The Swedish approach to preschool education stands out as one of the few systems that integrates educational and care-giving practices (Educare) to support the learning and development of children throughout the early years (ages 1-6).

The one-year international master’s program in Swedish Preschool Education is designed for students interested in learning about early childhood education research and practice from a Nordic perspective, with particular focus on early childhood education in Sweden. The program surveys the history, policies, pedagogies and other relevant ideas and practices of Swedish preschool education. Students who complete the program will not only gain expertise in these areas, they will also gain the knowledge and skills for conducting research in early childhood education.

The program combines classroom-based instruction with field visits to Swedish preschools and other early childhood education venues. The program welcomes Swedish and international students. Program instruction is in English.

Given Sweden’s position 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 rigorous training in early childhood education research, taught and supervised by PhD faculty from the Preschool Educational Research Group at Jönköping University’s School of Education and Communication, as well as by outside faculty who are national and international experts in the field.


60 credits



Rate of study


Place of study

Campus based



Start date

Autumn 2021


The applicant must hold the minimum of a Bachelor's degree (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) with at least 90 ECTS credits in behavioral science, social work, educational sciences, or related field, including independent, theoretical based work, i.e. a thesis or equivalent. 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.

Read more about our Admissions Requirements.


Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Education

Tuition fees

117,000 SEK per year

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students

NB Preliminary list of courses

Year 1

History and Policy of Swedish Preschool Provision  10 credits
Preschool Pedagogies Focused on Play, Exploration and Learning  10 credits
Documentation, Assessment and Leadership in Swedish Preschool Provision  10 credits
Research Methods in Early Childhood Education  15 credits
Thesis Project in Early Childhood Education Research  15 credits

Pathway Programme

If you don't fulfil our language requirements,  you can enter our Pathway Programme, designed to strengthen your English and academic skills. Read more.  

This programme will not start in the Autumn Semester 2021.