Child Development & Diversity

The Scandinavian approach to childhood is progressive, sparking discussion about parenting, childcare, and culture. Through your practicum experience and reflection on current issues, gain new perspectives on child development and education.

Program Highlights

  • Delve into a cross-cultural approach to childhood and adolescence and reflect on the unique Nordic pedagogy of ‘the good childhood’
  • In your weekly practicum, develop interpersonal competencies by actively engaging at a Danish childcare institution or school
  • Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated Study Tours to explore cross-cultural European educational methods by visiting practitioners, researchers, and childcare and youth institutions

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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