For current international students

Teacher Education in Jelling

As an international student you will be participating in classes with Danish students who share your passion for intercultural experiences.

With a Bachelor in Education from Jelling, you will acquire the interpersonal skills and high academic standards necessary to help your students excel while navigating the rapidly changing world of today.
Globally and locally our world is constantly changing, and as a teacher your greatest challenge will be to help your students learn to navigate the constant change.We believe that cooperation at all levels will enable you to succeed and give us the tools to give you the best education possible.

Study Programme

The education offered at Danish University Colleges of Education is based on a concurrent rather than a consecutive model. The aim is to integrate subjects with theoretical, professional and practical teacher preparation.


The academic year is divided into two terms with an annual workload of 1,680 working hours per student. The education consists of seminars, lectures, study weeks, teaching practice periods and project periods, including tutorials.

The education comprises the following subjects and subject areas:

  • Religious studies and philosophy
  • Four specialised subjects (school subjects)
  • Educational studies: educational theory (pedagogy), educational philosophy (general didactics), psychology and educational sociology
  • Teaching practice

The students major in four subjects.

All students must choose either Danish or Mathematics, or both. The additional subjects must be chosen from among the following:


  • Danish
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Social science

Natural science

  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Physics/Chemistry
  • Mathematics/Arithmetic
  • Science and Technology

Creative Arts

  • Art
  • Crafts and Design
  • Physical Education
  • Home Economics
  • Music

Characteristic Features

The in-depth study of four school subjects and the inclusion into the academic subjects of the three questions: Why? What? How? characterise teacher education as distinct from university education, forming the basis of the end product: the reflective and well-qualified teacher.

The responsibility of teaching practice is shared between the colleges and the connected practice schools, where specially appointed teachers guide and instruct the students.

Another very characteristic feature is the oral tradition that manifests itself in the on-going dialogue between lecturers and students in their everyday work at the college, and which is also reflected in the oral part of the examinations.

Various working methods are employed: group discussions, class discussions, lectures, project work, seminars, interdisciplinary work.

Students and teachers share the responsibilities of planning the Why, What, and How, in accordance with the general guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Education and in the local syllabus.

Students are encouraged to learn to study on their own, to be able to argue their points of view, to analyse and to make qualified choices, the idea being that graduate teachers will then be able to adapt to a changing world. It should be noted that teachers in the Folkeskole to a very great extent are free to plan and carry out their teaching within the general framework laid down by the Ministry, consequently the aim of teacher education is to prepare future teachers to exercise this freedom of approach.

The students work with criteria for evaluation and differentiation with a view to furthering the personal development of both child and teacher. They work with criteria for choosing and producing teaching materials, and they are trained to take theories of personal development, educational sociology and science into consideration during their placement periods.

Teaching Practice

Teaching practice takes place in schools, guided by teachers. The students are trained in planning, implementing and evaluating the teaching of different age groups and in the subjects they major in at college. Furthermore, they acquire some insight into the different tasks connected with being a teacher, i.e. co-operation with parents and staff, social tasks, the special responsibilities of a class teacher and developmental work.

The concept of class teacher needs special mention, as it is a unique Danish phenomenon. The Danish class teachers have the possibility of following the same class of pupils up through the whole system from the 1st to the 10th class – and in most cases they do. That is the advantage of the breadth as well as the depth of Danish teacher education, resulting in an extensive knowledge of the individual child and great trust and confidence in the relations between teacher and pupil.

Jelling Campus

Jelling is famous for its historical past. The Royal Seat for the first Danish kings was here in Jelling, and the Jelling Rune Stone and the royal burial mounds in Jelling are on the World Heritage List. Jelling College of Education is not quite as ancient, it was founded in 1841. Today the Department of Teacher Education shares the campus in Jelling with the Department of Social Education with a total of approximately 1400 full time and 500 part time students enrolled.

Campus facilities are open on weekdays from 7am-10 pm and on weekends from 9am to 5 pm. Facilities include library, computer labs and more.

The library has an extensive collection of books and AV materials within educational and pedagogical subject areas, and in the basement we offer a study room with computers, newspapers, magazines and relevant periodicals. Digital cameras and video cameras can be borrowed from the library. Library hours are 8 am -4 pm Monday- Thursday and Friday 8am -2 pm.

The cafeteria serves a variety of hot and cold dishes and beverages, as well as fruit and snacks. The cafeteria hours are weekdays from 7:30 am – 2 pm.

Computer facilities are available to students on campus. All students have a personal account, and you will only pay for printing. The Art Department houses a full multimedia lab.

Social activities are numerous and include the students’ sports club (JSI), Friday cafés, the student bar (Underhuset), Jelling Big Band, the College Choir, and the Christian Student Union (KFS).

JSI – The Students’ Sports Club offers aerobics, badminton, hockey, soccer, self-defense, and volleyball among other things. The club also organizes tournaments regularly and every spring classes are cancelled for two days of sports activities and tournaments.

Friday Cafés – Student groups organize these cozy Friday get-togethers about once a month.

Underhuset – as the name says, the student bar is ‘under the house’. Every Friday at noon the student bar opens in the basement and is open until 6 pm, and every other Friday the bar is open from 10 pm until the early hours of the morning. The bar is open to all students who want to have a great time partying with fellow students.

Jelling Big Band and the College Choir are both organized by the music committee. The committee also organizes the annual musical, where students and teachers stage a musical together. Hair, Atlantis, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are some of the recent productions.

Mentor Programme

As an international student you will be assigned a Danish mentor, who will help you navigate life in Jelling on and off campus. Your mentor can help you find your way, get to know Danes, understand the Danish education system, living in Jelling and much more. Our mentors work with only one international student at a time. Your mentor is there to help you make the most of your time in Jelling.

More Information

Contact the international coordinator for more information:

Ingelise Jensen


Phone: +45 2117 7356

Ingelise Jensen

+45 2117 7356

About this page

This page is updated by Christina Højsgaard Madsen February 6, 2017.