PPU4603 - Teacher Education: Educational Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
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 youth culture and insight into youth culture in society 
  • has knowledge of education history and policy
  • has knowledge about the teacher`s role in schools as organizations and the function of schools in society  


The student

  • can raise and discuss pedagogical problems critically and independently
  • can use theoretical and empirical knowledge to develop pedagogical practices
  • can analyse and discuss educational policy guidelines, ideologies, and practices in the development of a democratic society 
  • can critically reflect over and use various forms of assessment in education  

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 insight in research methods in the social sciences and key questions in the philosophies of science in education research
  • can understand the school as an institution in a historical and political perspective

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.

A certification responsibility has been ascribed to NTNU, to ensure that students master key competences for their future profession as teachers for grades 8-13. It is essential that students develop into independent and responsible teachers who are able to cooperate with peer students and future colleagues. Personal effort is important not only for own learning, but also for peers' and colleagues' professional development. A minimum of 75 % attendance is hence required to be allowed to sit the exam in the course. All obligatory activities must be approved before students can sit the exams.

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.

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 AUTUMN 2016
PPU4110 15.0 AUTUMN 2016
PPU4410 15.0 AUTUMN 2016
PPU4100 15.0 AUTUMN 2019
PPU4400 15.0 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: 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 Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Oral examination 2/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Approved report 1/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 2/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 1/3





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.

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