About Department of Teacher Education

Department of Teacher Education has Norway's largest academic environment within teacher education and educational research. 

We offer practice-oriented and profession-oriented Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degree programmes. In addition we have a broad portfolio of further education for teachers and school management. 

Our research and our performing art and educational development work is directed towards school, classroom and workshop. Our research contribute to the national and international development of knowledge about learning and education in a lifelong perspective.

We educate teachers for the whole school career, 1st–13th grade, within a wide range of school and vocational subjects. In addition, we offer a Bachelor's degree programme in archive and collection management. Our educations are practice-oriented and profession-oriented and provide a solid foundation for the working life and life-long learning. 

Strategic plan: Knowledge for better schools and education

Strategy 2018-2025 for the Department of Teacher Education (pdf file)

Information about the sections

English and Foreign Languages

The Section for English and Foreign Languages have particularly strong research groups who work on multilingualism in the English language classroom and digital competence development in teacher education. These are areas in which we hold external research grants. Other research areas include literature, language, culture and teaching methods in the classroom are described on the academic staff web pages.

The Section for English and Foreign Languages offer English modules within

  • primary and secondary teacher education grades 1-7 and 5-10
  • lower and upper secondary teacher education for grades 8-13
  • English subject didactics within practical-pedagogical education (full-time and part-time)
  • Master of Science in Didactics – English and Foreign Language Education
  • in-service courses for teachers

We also offer modules in

  • French, German and Spanish subject didactics for lower and upper secondary teacher education grades 8-13
  • didactics of foreign language teaching within practical-pedagogical education

Mathematics

At the mathematics section we work in mathematics education for grades 1-13 and do research in mathematics didactics. Our goal is to educate academically secure, reflective and exploratory teachers in mathematics.

The mathematics section offer courses in

  • primary and secondary teacher education grades 1-7 and 5-10
  • lower and upper secondary teacher education for grades 8-13
  • master's degree in mathematics didactics
  • mathematic subject didactics within practical-pedagogical education (full-time and part-time)
  • in-service courses for teachers
  • in-service courses for teachers who want a professional career in school development in mathematics.

 
Our research interests cover a wide area:

  • mathematical cognition and digital learning platforms
  • the professional development of teachers and teacher-transitions
  • teacher education and the development of pre-service teachers’ mathematics-related knowledge and mathematics teacher identity.

In our research, we use both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Norwegian

The Section for Norwegian is among the largest academic departments in Norway that work on Norwegian education. There are three particularly strong research areas: language and language education, literature and literature education, as well as literacy. We are in the lead in Norway in research on students’ writing and assessment of written texts. More information about our research areas can be found on the academic staff webpages.

The Section for Norwegian offer Norwegian modules within

  • primary and secondary teacher education grades 1-7 and 5-10
  • lower and upper secondary teacher education for grades 8-13
  • Norwegian subject didactics within practical-pedagogical education (full-time and part-time)
  • Master of Science in Didactics – Norwegian
  • in-service courses for teachers

Pedagogy

The section for pedagogy carries out research within a variety of themes and our research is methodological diverse. Themes of special interest in research and in education, are

  • equality
  • democracy
  • buiding and learning
  • social inequality
  • diversity
  • inclusion and psycho social school environment
  • childhood and youth
  • classroom management
  • institutional criticism.

The section is particularly concerned with the education’s democratic and solidarity mission and considers it an important task to ask challenging and difficult questions about education and society. Developing our own teaching and how we create sustainable education for future teachers, are also central to the ongoing professional conversation in the section.

The Section for pedagogy offer modules within

  • primary and secondary teacher education grades 1-7 and 5-10*
  • lower and upper secondary teacher education for grades 8-13
  • Norwegian subject didactics within practical-pedagogical education (full-time and part-time)
  • Master of Science in pedagogy

*The new primary and secondary teacher education offers two directions within the field of pedagogy where staff at the section for pedagogy will be central:

  • Master in special education
  • Master in applied pedagogy – diversity, inclusion and school development

Employees in the section are involved in in-service courses for teachers in both primary and secondary schools on topics such as guidance and relationship-based classroom management. 

Science

The Science Section represent broad competences within all areas of the integrated science subject in Norwegian primary and secondary school and in teacher education and likewise in the science disciplines within the teacher educations for secondary school. Our section represent one of Norway's largest milieus within teaching, education studies and school-oriented knowledge in the natural sciences. NTNU's resource centre for STEM-education is a part of our section. Research areas within the section include science education (science didactics), education studies within the science disciplines and topics within science disciplines. Detailed information on education and research may be found on the academic staff web pages.

The Science Section offer modules within

  • primary and secondary teacher education grades 1-7 and 5-10
  • lower and upper secondary teacher education for grades 8-13
  • Science subject didactics within practical-pedagogical education (full-time and part-time)
  • Master of Science in Didactics – Science
  • in-service courses for teachers

The Norwegian Centre for Mathematics Education

The Norwegian Centre for Mathematics Education is to contribute to an improved quality of mathematics education. The centre should work towards increased motivation and interest for mathematics in kindergartens and schools. The centre should further contribute to increase mathematical numeracy.

The centre has the following tasks:

  • Develop resources and models for professional development in kindergartens and schools
  • Communicate research findings
  • Work closely with the educational practice sector and do research- and practice-based work
  • Contribute to increased competence in schools and kindergartens for the purposes of interpreting and operationalising the curriculum for schools and the framework plan for kindergartens.
  • Contribute to professional development in kindergartens and schools
  • Support other institutions and in particular teacher education institutions in their work on professional development in kindergartens and schools
  • Advice national educational authorities on mathematics education and mathematical numeracy

The target groups of the centre are teacher education institutions, school- and kindergartens owners, leaders and employees in kindergartens schools, and the PP-service (Pedagogical-Psychological service).

The Writing Centre

The Norwegian Center for Writing Education and Research (The Writing Centre) is a national center for stimulating writing, writing education and writing research. Our key target groups are teachers, school-leaders, school-owners, teaching personnel in kindergartens, and teacher educators. The center assists teacher education at universities and university-colleges in school development and teacher learning in writing education.

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