Teacher Education Programme in Dance - in Upper Secondary Education

The Teacher Education Programme is for you who want to teach dance as an artistic subject in the upper secondary school. Here you will find information about the structure and content of the programme. Please note that this education is focused on Swedish upper secondary education.

This programme has Swedish as main language of instruction.You apply for the programme from our Swedish website.

The Teacher Education Programme in Dance is aimed at those who want to teach dance as an artistic subject in upper secondary school and who find it interesting and stimulated by working with young people.

We educate independent teachers with a strong base in both art and science. The focus of the education is the mixture between dance as an art form, pedagogy and courses with a focus on the upper secondary education.

Being a teacher in dance in the upper secondary education is primarily about being a teacher. Working as a teacher you are privileged to be able to follow and contribute to young people's development, create good conditions for their learning and possibilities to grow as individuals. The teaching profession is exciting and complex and means that you develop your skills in your subjects and as a teacher in the daily meeting with students.

During the education, courses in dance and choreography are mixed with courses that prepare you for the role as a teacher in the upper secondary education. You can choose a second subject to teach that you can study either at Stockholm University or at Stockholm University of the Arts. You get a good foundation for a future professional life in upper secondary education and nearby fields.

A large part of the education consists of courses in the educational science core, for example pedagogy and didactics, and work-based education (VFU), ie internships. This means that during your studies you get to practice both teaching dance and writing and discussing, among other things, dance, choreography, pedagogy, school and society. A norm-critical and intersectional perspective runs like a common thread through education.

You will deepen your knowledge in choreography, in a chosen dance genre that is your main focus, and in other dance genres that you choose yourself. This means that you will develop your technical abilities in dance and choreography, work with bodily and aesthetic expression and deepen your artistic ability.

The education is 5-5.5 years, which corresponds to 10 and 11 semesters respectively (depending on which other school subject you choose). You begin your studies with the subject Dance at Stockholm University of the Arts. During semesters 1–4 and 8–10, the subject Dance is mixed with courses in educational science core and VFU. During semesters 5–7, you study Dance with specialization in choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts or another school subject studied at Stockholm University. If you choose to study Swedish or Social Studies as a second school subject, this means that you study an additional 30 higher education credits, ie an eleventh semester.

The goal is for you to gain the basic knowledge required to be able to teach and contribute to students' knowledge development in dance and in another subject in upper secondary education. But you must also have the independence required to be able to influence and contribute to the development of the school.

You have the opportunity to work with different dance genres, but you apply with the genre that is your main focus and that you would like to immerse yourself in.

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  • Entry requirements

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

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  • How to apply

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    Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application has to be turned in by 23:59 (Swedish time).

    This programme has Swedish as main language of instruction. You apply for the programme from our Swedish website.

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  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. SKH has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date forpaying the tuition fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the Teacher Education Programme in Dance starting autumn semester 2023 is SEK 148,500 for the first semester and SEK 1,363,034 for the program as a whole including Dance with in-depth choreography. For the program as a whole incluing second subject at Stockholm University, the tuition fee for the program as a whole is SEK 812,534.

    Read more about application and study fees, how you pay to SKH and tuition fees and scholarships.


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