Child Development & Diversity

Find out why Scandinavia is known as one of the most progressive places for raising children to be competent, independent, democratic, and social beings.

Cross-cultural approaches to the pros and cons of free play, school readiness versus social pedagogy, and gender stereotypes in childhood serve as the foundation for class discussions. Through your Practicum, Field Study, and Study Tour hands-on experiences and reflection, gain new perspectives on child development and education.

Is This Program For You?

It’s a good fit if you study:

  • Child Development
  • Education/Educational Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Human Development

I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher, so for my practicum, it has been ideal to be in a primary school with students grades 0-9. I am able to observe a classroom environment unique to Danish schools, participate in activities led by the teachers, and even lead my own activities with the classes … I think it’s rare for a study abroad institution to offer such a wide range of experiential learning sites the way DIS does, and I know my experience in Denmark would not be the same without my practicum.”

– Eden, Lehigh University

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