Aesthetic and Learning in Early Childhood Education

Study period

January 27 - June 12, 2020 (no lectures during Easter: April 6 – April 13).

“Aesthetic and Learning in Early Childhood Education” (ALECE) is a 20 week international 30 ECTS module for foreign and Danish students offered by University College Absalon at Campus Roskilde. English is the working language. The course is taught in 2020 for the 8th time in a row and includes field studies in Copenhagen and visits at various local institutions for children (3 – 12 years).  


1. Aesthetic Learning Processes in Theory and Practice

2. Child Development in a Cultural Perspective

3. Creative forms of expression


ALECE 2020 accepts 25-30 international and Danish students of social education, social work education, pre- and primary school education, art therapy and similar educations. We give high priority to the diversity of the group. It is preferable - but not mandatory - that the students have had some practical experience with professional pedagogical work.

Learning approaches

The ALECE programme rests on Danish pedagogical traditions demanding independence, responsibility, high engagement and self-discipline. It includes practical ‘hands-on’ activities, project work in groups (also outside of class, discussions, work with children and a general participatory approach to learning.  


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January 27 - June 12, 2020 (no lectures during Easter: April 6 – April 13).

The working language of the module is English


30 ECTS credit value

Campus is situated about 30 minutes from central Copenhagen by train.

I met with my students for two hours this morning. The main problem is going to be how do we match the wonderful experience they have had here when they get back to the UK???  They did not have one bad word to say and appear more confident and assured. All I can do is thank you for your kindness and the opportunity to see your great work here!! I would love to come again on a teaching exchange to understand in greater depth your unique approach

Peter Goy, Lecturer in Education (Early Years), Northampton University, UK