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Ordinance on certain qualifications that provide qualified teacher status for teachers and pre-school teachers...

Department/Agency: Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden Issued 26 May 2011 This version contains amendments up to and including the Act on Amendment of the Ordinance on certain qualifications that provide qualified teacher status for teachers and pre-school teachers and on higher education programmes for the continuing professional development of teachers and pre-school teachers who lack degrees in education or pre-school education SFS 2013:831. The translation is not an official translation.

The Government stipulates as follows.

Introductory provisions

The contents of this ordinance

Section 1

This ordinance contains provisions on

1. the award of certain qualifications that can provide qualified teacher status pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act (2010:800), and

2. courses and programmes in higher education arranged with earmarked funds and that are intended to provide continuing professional development for teachers and pre-school teachers to enable the award of a qualification that can provide qualified teacher status pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act. Ordinance (2013:831)

Definitions

Section 2

The use of accountable authority in this ordinance refers to the authority that pursuant to the Education Act (2010:880) is accountable in the education system.

The term higher education institution (HEI) also includes universities.

Applicable provisions

Section 3

The Higher Education Act (1992:1434) contains basic provisions about higher education.

The Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) is to apply unless otherwise provided by this ordinance.

The Ordinance on admission to programmes leading to the award of a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education (2010:2021) shall apply unless otherwise provided in this ordinance. Ordinance (2013:831).

The Award of certain qualifications

Application for a qualification

Section 4

Those who have begun a programme that pursuant to earlier regulations would have been able to lead to the award of a qualification of the kind that could provide qualified teacher status for teachers or pre-school teachers pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act (2010:800) may apply for the award of a qualification from this programme.

Appraisal of an application

Section 5

An application pursuant to Section 4 is to be appraised by a HEI that offers a programme that can lead to the award of a qualification that provides qualified teacher status pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act (2010:800).

Applicants who meet requirements of the kind that can be considered to correspond to those that have applied for a qualification shall be issued a degree certificate by the HEI. The HEI is to assess whether the applicant's previous studies or activities can be accepted so that he or she is to be considered to meet the requirements.

Courses and Programmes for teachers and pre-school teachers who lack qualifications that provide qualified teacher status

Where the courses and programmes shall be offered

Section 6

Courses and programmes pursuant to item 2 of Section 1 shall be offered by the HEIs determined by the Government.

The object of the courses and programmes

Section 7

The courses and programmes are to be offered to increase the proportion of teachers and pre-school teachers in schools and early years education who have qualifications that provide qualified teacher status pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act (2010:800). Ordinance (2013:831).

Entry requirements

Section 8

The entry requirements for courses and programmes pursuant to this ordinance are laid down in Sections 9–11below instead of the provisions on general and specific entry requirements in Sections 5, 8–11, 25 and 28–31a in Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) and also in the reference to Section 5 of Chapter 7 in Section 24 of the same chapter.

The provisions on waiving one or more of the entry requirements in Section 3 of Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance also apply to the entry requirements laid down in this ordinance.

The first and second paragraphs above and Sections 9–11 do not apply to entry requirements to the programmes referred to in the Ordinance on admission to programmes leading to the award of a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education (2010:2021). Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 9

The entry requirements for courses and programmes offered by virtue of this ordinance that shall lead to the award of qualifications that provide qualified teacher status pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act (2010:800) are possessed by applicants who lack such qualifications if they

1. because of previous higher education, previous corresponding education or work experience as teachers possess the potential for attainment of qualifications that provide qualified teacher status pursuant to this ordinance, and

2. are working as teachers for an accountable authority of the kind laid down in Section 2. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 10

The entry requirements for courses and programmes offered by virtue of this ordinance that lead to the award of qualifications in pre-school education as laid down in Section 19 that provide qualified pre-school teacher status pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act (2010:800) are possessed by applicants who lack such qualifications if they

1. because of previous higher education, previous corresponding education or work experience as pre-school teachers possess the potential for attainment of qualifications in pre-school education as laid down in Section 19, and

2. are working as pre-school teachers for an accountable authority of the kind laid down in Section 2. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 11

In addition to the provisions of Section 9 or Section 10 applicants are required to have completed studies in higher education or acquired corresponding knowledge in some other way to the extent that a qualification that pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act (2010:800) provides qualified teacher status can be attained within the parameters of a programme offered by virtue of this ordinance. Ordinance (2013:831).

Selection

Section 12

Applicants are to be selected on the basis of merit. Instead of the provisions on selection in the second paragraph of Section 12 and Sections 13–19, 23, 26, 27 and 32 of Chapter 7 of  the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) the selection criteria are

1. special tests other than the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test specified in Section 20 of Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance,

2. previous education, and

3. work experience.

A HEI may issue regulations about which selection criteria pursuant to the paragraph above are to apply.

If qualifications are otherwise equivalent, selection may be undertaken pursuant to the provisions of the third paragraph of Section 12 of Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Paragraphs 1–3 do not apply to programmes referred to in the Ordinance on admission to programmes leading to the award of a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education (2010:2021).  Ordinance (2013:831).

Admission

Section 13

Those seeking admission to a programme pursuant to this ordinance shall notify their intention by the time and in the manner determined by the HEI.

Admission to the courses and programmes must be completed no later than 30 June 2017. Ordinance (2013:831).

Implementation of the courses and programmes

Section 14

Programmes offered pursuant to this ordinance leading to the award of a qualification that can provide qualified teacher status pursuant to Section 16 of Chapter 2 of the Education Act.(2010:800) may comprise no more than a total of 120 HE credits for each student.

Programmes offered pursuant to this ordinance leading to the award of a qualification that can provide qualified pre-school teacher status as laid down in Section 19 may comprise no more than a total of 30 HE credits in core education subjects for each student.

The programmes must be offered as at least 25 per-cent study. If a programme leads to the award of a qualification that can provide qualified teacher status it may not however continue for more than four years for an individual student. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 15

The programmes are to be planned to take account of each student's previous studies and work experience.

The number of HE credits required for an independent project (degree project) pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) or corresponding requirements pursuant to earlier regulations for qualifications providing qualified teacher status, may be reduced in programmes offered by virtue of this ordinance. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 16

The provisions in Section 33 of Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) shall not apply to the programmes. Ordinance (2013:831).

Specific requirements for the award of a qualification to students with certain vocational experience.

Which students are included?

Section 17

Sections 19–22 and 25–29 contain specific requirements for the award of the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Pre-School Education, Bachelor or Master of Arts in Primary Education, Master of Arts/Science in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education or a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100). These requirements apply only for students who

1. have been employed in the school system in one or several posts as teachers or pre-school teachers for at least eight school years or their equivalent during the 15 years prior to both 1 July 2015 and the date on which their studies shall be completed,

2. were employed as teachers or pre-school teachers in the school system on 1 December 2013, and

3. have completed studies within the framework of courses and programmes pursuant to this ordinance in core education subjects for 30 HE credits. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 18

Sections 23, 24, 27 and 28 lay down specific requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts/Science in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100). These requirements apply only to students who

1. possess a qualification from studies in higher education intended to provide the skills for professional practice in the school system as a teacher in one or more of the subjects dance, drama or drama and movement or a corresponding foreign qualification,

2. are teaching in the school system in mainly the subject or subjects laid down in 1 above,

3. have worked for a total of at least one school year or the equivalent in one or several teaching posts in the school system or with tasks that resemble teaching in the school system,

4. were employed as teachers in the school system on 1 December 2013, and

5. have completed studies within the framework of courses and programmes pursuant to this ordinance in core education subjects for 30 HE credits. Ordinance (2013:831).

Bachelor of Arts in Pre-School Education

Section 19

Students stipulated in Section 17 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Pre-School Education pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) if they have the knowledge in the area of pre-school education required pursuant to the same annex for the award of this degree. Ordinance (2013:831).

Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts in Primary Education

Section 20

Students stipulated in Section 17 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education with specialisation in extended school education pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) if they have the knowledge in the area of extended school education required pursuant to the same annex for the award of this degree. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 21

Students stipulated in Section 17 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts in Primary Education with a specialisation in teaching in early years classes and grades 1–3 of the compulsory school pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) if they have the subject knowledge in the teaching subjects required pursuant to the same annex for the award of this degree. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 22

Students stipulated in Section 17 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts in Primary Education with a specialisation in teaching in grades 4–6 of the compulsory school pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) if they have the subject knowledge in the teaching subjects required pursuant to the same annex for the award of this degree. Ordinance (2013:831).

Degrees of Master of Arts in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education that include one or more of the subjects dance, drama or movement and drama

Section 23

Students stipulated in Section 18 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100).

The provisions in the second paragraph of Section 5 of Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in Annex 4 to this ordinance shall not apply to the award of the degree of Master of Arts in Secondary/Upper SecondaryEducation pursuant to the first paragraph above.

A degree of Master of Arts in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education pursuant to the first paragraph above shall be considered to include one or both of the subjects dance or drama or only the teaching subject movement and drama. The degree shall only be considered to include one or both of these subjects if the student's previous qualification pursuant to item 1 of Section 18 was intended to provide the skills for professional practice as a teacher of the subject. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 24

A degree of Master of Arts in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education pursuant to Section 23 shall be considered to provide specialisation in teaching in grades 7-9 of the compulsory school system if it includes the teaching subject movement and drama. If the degree includes one or both of the subjects dance or drama it shall be considered to provide specialisation in teaching in the upper secondary school. Ordinance (2013:831).

Degrees of Master of Arts/ Science in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education that may also include other subjects

Section 25

Students stipulated in Section 17 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts/Science in Secondary Education with a specialisation in teaching in grades 7–9 of the compulsory school pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) if they have the subject knowledge required pursuant to the same annex for the award of one of these degrees. The subject knowledge must comprise one, two or three teaching subjects in grades 7–9 of the compulsory school. The provisions in the second paragraph of Section 5 of Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in Annex 4 to this ordinance shall not apply to the award of the degree of Master of Arts/ Science in Secondary Education pursuant to the first paragraph above.

A degree of Master of Arts/ Science in Secondary Education as laid down in the first paragraph above shall be considered to comprise the teaching subject or subjects in which pursuant to the first paragraph above the student has adequate subject knowledge. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 26

Students stipulated in Section 17 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts/ Science in Upper Secondary Education with specialisation in teaching in the upper secondary school pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) if they have the subject knowledge required pursuant to the same annex for the award of one of these degrees. This subject knowledge shall comprise one or two teaching subjects in the upper secondary school. No such subject shall be a vocational subject.

The provisions in the second paragraph of Section 5 of Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in Annex 4 to this ordinance shall not apply to the award of the degree of Master of Arts/Science in Upper Secondary Education pursuant to the first paragraph above.

A degree of Master of Arts/ Science in Upper Secondary Education as laid down in the first paragraph above shall be considered to comprise the teaching subject or subjects in which pursuant to the first paragraph above the student has adequate subject knowledge. Ordinance (2013:831).

Joint provisions on the degree of Master of Arts/Science in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education

Section 27

If a degree of Master of Arts/Science in Secondary Education shall be considered to offer specialisation in teaching in grades 7–9 of the compulsory school pursuant to Sections 24 or 25 and includes

1. one teaching subject, it shall also be considered to comprise course requirements of 180 HE credits and be awarded in the first cycle,

2. two of the teaching subjects Swedish, social studies or music, it shall be considered to comprise course requirements of 270 HE credits and shall be awarded in the second cycle,

3. two teaching subjects apart from a combination laid down in Item 2, it shall be considered to comprise course requirements of 225 HE credits and shall be awarded in the first cycle, or

4. three teaching subjects, it shall be considered to comprise course requirements of 270 HE credits and shall be awarded in the second cycle.

The degree shall be considered to comprise advanced study for 90 HE credits in the teaching subject in which the student has most teaching experience or the greatest length of subject studies and for 45 HE credits for each other teaching subject. If a student has equally extensive experience of teaching or equally long subject studies in each teaching subject he or she may choose which subject is to be considered to comprise 90 HE credits. When, however, a degree shall be considered to comprise two of the teaching subjects Swedish, social studies or music, it shall be considered to comprise 90 HE credits in both subjects. Students may choose whether their teaching experience or subject studies are to be taken into account.

In addition to the stipulations of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) a degree certificate shall state the scope each teaching subject shall be considered to have. Ordinance (2013:831).

Section 28

If a degree of Master of Arts/ Science in Upper Secondary Education shall be considered to offer specialisation in teaching in the upper secondary school pursuant to Sections 24 or 26 and includes

1. one teaching subject, it shall also be considered to comprise course requirements of 210 HE credits and be awarded in the first cycle,

2. two of the teaching subjects Swedish, social studies or music, it shall be considered to comprise course requirements of 330 HE credits and shall be awarded in the second cycle,

3. two teaching subjects apart from a combination laid down in Item 2, it shall be considered to comprise course requirements of 300 HE credits and shall be awarded in the second cycle.

The degree shall be considered to comprise advanced study for 120 HE credits in the teaching subject in which the student has most teaching experience or the greatest length of subject studies and, if two teaching subjects are concerned, for 90 HE credits in the other subject. If a student has equally extensive experience of teaching or equally long subject studies in both teaching subjects, he or she may choose which subject is to be considered to comprise 120 HE credits. When, however, a degree shall be considered to comprise two of the teaching subjects Swedish, social studies or music, it shall be considered to comprise 120 HE credits in both subjects. Students may choose whether their teaching experience or subject studies are to be taken into account.

In addition to the stipulations of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) a degree certificate shall state the scope each teaching subject shall be considered to have. Ordinance (2013:831).

Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education

Section 29

Students stipulated in Section 17 shall be considered to fulfil the requirements for the award of a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education pursuant to Annex 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) if they have the advanced and relevant vocational knowledge laid down in Section 4 of the Ordinance on admission to programmes leading to the award of a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education (2010:2021). Ordinance (2013:831).

Reporting study results

Section 30

The Ordinance on the reporting of study results etc. at universities and university colleges (1993:1153) shall apply to the courses and programmes. Ordinance (2013:831).

Appeal

Section 31

Instead of those stipulated in Section 2 of Chapter 12 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), appeal may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board against the following decisions made by a HEI:

1. a decision that an applicant does not fulfil the entry requirements for admission to a programme of the kind referred to in this ordinance,

2. a decision not to waive an entry requirement in the cases laid down in the second sentence of Section 3 of Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance,

3. a decision not to award credits for a prior course of study or experience pursuant to Section 8 of Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance,

4. a decision to reject a student's request for exemption from a compulsory component of a programme, and

5. a decision to reject a request for the award of a degree certificate or course certificate. Ordinance (2013:831).

Transitional provisions

2011:689

1. This ordinance enters into effect on 23 June 2011 and applies until 30 June 2020. Ordinance (2013:831)

2. This ordinance rescinds the ordinance on higher education for the continued professional development of teachers who lack qualified teacher status.

3. Those who have begun studies leading to the award of a teaching qualification pursuant to the rescinded ordinance are entitled to complete their studies for such a qualification, by 31 December 2014 at the latest however.

2013:831

This ordinance comes into effect on 1 December 2013.

Last updated: 23 November 2015