LiU’s teacher training moves forward
The number of first-choice applicants for LiU’s autumn 2012 teacher training courses has increased by 7 %, and interest in further training for working teachers has seen a marked increase.
“We are very happy with the way things are developing in general. A lot of people want to be teachers. Naturally this interest is partly as a result of an attractive labour market with high demand for trained teachers. But it’s also an inspiring job,” says Karin Mårdsjö Blume, Dean of Educational Sciences (pictured).
So the figures are looking good. The total numbers of applicants for Sweden’s teacher training courses has increased by 19 %, and nationally only the specialist teacher courses have seen a downward trend. At LiU there is a lack of interest in elementary year 4-6 teachers, but applications are still open for that course. Mårdsjö Blume elaborates:
“Last year we saw that interest in elementary year 4-6 teaching had dropped. We have highlighted this course in our marketing this year, but we are seeing the same pattern again. However this year could be due to some institutions of learning being granted the right to award degrees that they had previously lost.”
A lot of people want to work with younger children. There has been a rush of applications, even though LiU has increased the number of places for preschool teachers and youth centre teachers. For the latter group the number of first-choice applicants increased by 18%.
There has also been increased interest in further training for working teachers, including the supplementary pedagogical course, remedial teacher course and special pedagogue course.
“This autumn, for the first time we will offer a course for remedial teachers for children with learning disabilities, an initiative that has proved very popular with more than three first-choice applicants per place. Because there is already a lack of special education teachers, it is especially gratifying that LiU can contribute new teachers who want to work with a category of young people in great need of support,” says Karin Mårdsjö Blume.
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Last updated: 2013-05-22