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Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

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9.Teachers and Education Staff

9.7Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Last update: 24 June 2024

Generally, the same initial education qualifications apply to teachers and lecturers in adult education as teachers and lecturers working in the ordinary education system.

Teachers working in general adult education, ISCED 1-3

  • Teachers in Preparatory Adult Education (FVU): Teachers are required to have a pedagogical diploma degree (Act on FVU);
  • Teachers in General Adult Education (AVU): Teachers are required to have a Bachelor of Education or the equivalent (AVU guidelines);
  • Teachers in Higher Preparatory Examination (HF): Teachers are required to have a Master’s degree as well as the professional postgraduate teacher training (Act on general upper secondary education programmes).

For more information on initial education for teachers working in school education, please visit chapter 9.1.

Teachers working in vocational adult education, ISCED 3-5

  • Teachers in Vocational Education and Training for Adults (EUV): Depending on the subject area, teachers in Vocational Education and Training for Adults (EUV) are required to have a degree in vocational education and training as well as two to five years of professional experience (Ministry of Children and Education);
  • Teachers in Short Adult Vocational Training programmes (AMU): Teachers are required to have a degree at minimum vocational upper secondary level + minimum three years of relevant and up-to-date professional experience. Furthermore, pedagogical qualifications within the field of adult education equivalent to a diploma degree in pedagogy is required (Act on adult vocational training).

Lecturers working in professional adult education, ISCED 5-7

  • Lecturers in Academy Profession programmes, which correspond to Academy Profession programmes within the ordinary education system: Lecturers are required to have a higher qualification level than Academy Profession level. The qualifications comprises of pedagogical, theoretical, professional and/or vocational qualifications (Act on Academy Profession Programmes);
  • Lecturers in Diploma programmes, which correspond to Bachelor's programmes within the ordinary education system: Lecturers are required to have a higher qualification level than Diploma level. The qualifications comprises of pedagogical, theoretical, professional and/or vocational qualifications (Act on Diploma Degrees);
  • Lecturers in Master programmes, which correspond to Master's programmes within the ordinary education system: There are no statutory regulations concerning the initial education for lecturers at Master’s level. However, a lecturer as a rule has a university degree. At universities, all new researchers and lecturers complete a professional postgraduate teacher training course (universitetspædagogikum). The universities hold the responsibility for the lecturers’ qualifications.

For more information on initial education for academic staff working in higher education, please visit chapter 9.4.