PPU4603 - Teacher Education: Educational Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 1/3
Oral examination 2/3

Course content

The course is part of the professional education courses in the 5-year-integrated master study programmes for teacher education, and the final of three courses in educational theory. This course will focus on the topic of the school’s role in society, and the student should understand the connections between the teacher's professional practice, the school's practice, and educational policy. Speaking, reading, and writing using professional language will develop the student into an independent teacher. Additionally, the course focuses on critically discussing various theoretical positions, ethical perspectives, and research methods.

Learning outcome

The student:
- has knowledge of different assessment practices in education
- has knowledge of youth culture and insight into youth culture in society
- has knowledge about how the school can adapt its educational methods and contribute to an inclusive learning environment
- has knowledge of central scientific theoretical issues in educational research

The student
- can raise questions/issues, investigate and discuss these critically and independently using theoretical and empirical knowledge, and thereby contribute to the development of educational practices
- can analyze and discuss educational policy guidelines, ideologies, and practices in the development of a democratic society

General competence:
The student
- can discuss bildung, democracy, and equality using theoretical and ethical perspectives
- using different theoretical perspectives on the connection between education history, educational policy, the school as an organization, and the role of the school and teacher in society
- has basic insight in science research methods

Learning methods and activities

The teaching alternates between teaching in major groups, working in seminar classes, and working in smaller groups. The teaching emphasizes varied forms of work to develop the student's educational knowledge, skills, and general competence. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary studies, through a group-based research and development project with an associated process report. The R&D project thesis is based on social science research methodology and on central topics in the subject PPU4603 Educational Theory.
Criteria and literature for this assignment will be given at the beginning of the semester. Mandatory activities will be linked to each assignment, and these activities and assignments will culminate with an oral presentation and an R&D report.
NTNU is assigned a certification responsibility that will ensure that the students master the areas that are fundamental to the forthcoming occupational practice. It is crucial that students develop as independent and responsible teachers who are able to work effectively with their colleagues. The individual's efforts are not only important for their own learning, but also for their fellow students' academic development. Therefore, 75% attendance is required for the student to be allowed to sit for the exam. All compulsory activities must be approved before the candidate can present him- or herself for the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory participation in teaching periods
  • Compulsory work
  • Compulsory papers and activities

Further on evaluation

The assignment can be written in Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish.

To pass the course, all parts of the course must be passed. A student who has not passed the course due to delays in one of the sub-assessments only needs to present him- or herself to a new assessment in the section the student has failed. In the case of a repeated assessment, the student must make a new assessment in all the parts included in the assessment.

The student can complain about censorship when the final grade for the course has been announced. Provided that the student has completed all the parts of the course, the student can choose to present the complaint in individual parts. For a more detailed description of the assessment in the course, you can read the study plan and the document describing the research and development project.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Geography with Teacher Education (MLGEOG)
History with Teacher Education (MLHIST)
Language Studies with Teacher Education (MLSPRÅK)
Natural Science with Teacher Education (MLREAL)
Physical Education and Sport with Teacher Education (MLKIDR)
Social Science with Teacher Education (MLSAM)

Required previous knowledge

Student is required to pass the exams according to the study plan. The prerequisites must be fulfilled in order to start the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PPU4702 15.0 01.09.2016
PPU4110 15.0 01.09.2016
PPU4410 15.0 01.09.2016
PPU4100 15.0 01.09.2019
PPU4400 15.0 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: 1-year progr in edu theory and practice


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • Practical teacher training
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn UTS Approved report 1/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 1/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Oral examination 2/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 2/3
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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