Traineeship Social Education


Practice placement possibilities fall within the specialisation of pre-school education (Early Childhood Education), aimed at pedagogical work with children ages 0-5.

Exchange Programme

Target Group

Social Education/Pedagogy/Early Childhood Education students from a bachelor programme.

Particularly suited for Social Education students from the Nordic countries or students proficient in English at an advanced level (preferably at C level and above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)).

Important: Practice placement possibilities fall within the specialisation of pre-school education (Early Childhood Education), aimed at pedagogical work with children ages 0-5, in the Danish Social Education degree programme.


Doing a practice placement in Denmark offers a number of advantages. You can:

  • see how you can adapt to a different culture;
  • face new professional challenges and solutions;
  • get a broader understanding of Social Education, where you will apply theory to hands-on practice;
  • expand your career opportunities.


Samantha Ashton-Fog International Co-worker

Teaching Methods

Teaching and learning methods

There will be no formal lectures or teaching. Students will participate in 1 - 2 study days arranged by UCL. (depending how long they are with us).

Students will draw on the skills they have acquired and applied within the internship to complete the written assignment. 

Skills and competencies

On completion of the internship, students should be able to

  • Critically discuss and implement pedagogical theories and methods into their own practice
  • Identify and analyse conditions encountered during the internship and reflect on the internship experience, utilizing the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired during the programme. 


Special conditions with regard to the student’s health and physical condition may apply.

Students with a criminal record will not be accepted.

Tuition Fee

Not applicable for EU/EEA-students and exchange students from partner institutions, all other students must pay. In this case, please send an e-mail to to learn more. 

Type of Activity


Practice Placement


10, 20 or 30 ECTS


The practice placement entails approximately 30 hours per week on site in a Danish childcare facility (nursey, day-care centre, district home care).

As well, the students will be required to participate in 1 -2 seminars at the UCL University College in Odense or Svendborg.

Learning Outcome

Depending on the length of the practice placements, the learning goals will be stipulated from these 2 broad focus areas:

Outcome A: Childhood, culture(s) and learning

The area addresses how to employ culture(s), nature and aesthetical means of expression in social educational activities to support children’s and infants’ well-being, general education and learning.

Competence goals: the student knows how to apply resources from nature and natural landscapes, cultural media and means of expression to create processes of learning and personal development in infants and children from 0 to 5 years of age as well as include the children’s perspectives, their creativity and play in social educational activities.

Outcome B: Relation and communication

This area addresses relations, interplay and communication in social-educational practice settings involving 0-5-year-olds, including the significance of children’s and infants’ different (social) backgrounds when it comes to well-being, relationships and communication.

Competence goals:  The student knows how to establish relations with the individual child and the individual group of children, knows how to support them in establishing relations, in building communication skills, has attained a command of professional communication and the ability to reflect on their own communication and relationship skills.


Written assignment

Completion of the internship requires submission of a written assignment of 24.000 characters (10 normal pages) critically discussing and analyzing Danish pedagogical practice. This will include a comparative study of your country’s pedagogical practice.

Students will receive the grade of pass/fail upon completion.