In the teacher training college’s various courses and training the development of the professional identity is central. Crucial thereby are the domains ‘Having an eye for a child’, ‘research, design and development’ and ‘professional skills’ which are offered in seven learning lines/trajectories. Learning trajectories are among other things based on ‘reflection and research’ and ‘giving meaning, ethics and aesthetics’, but also on the generic basic knowledge and the primary school subjects.
KPZ also makes clear choices within the study programme and looks for connection and balance. This finds among other things expression in the course programme.
The international exchange study programme Teacher Training Primary Education must prepare teachers for their role in a globalised society. The impact of globalization on education is enormous. The teacher plays an important role in spreading knowledge concerning culture, languages, cultural heritage and European citizenship. In this perspective KPZ offers an international programme of 30 ECTS for students from our partner institutes within the EU (spring semester). All courses are in English (level B2) and focusses on reform pedagogics, Dutch culture and society, teaching practice and practice-oriented research. All student-teachers in the second half of their studies are welcome.
Students from countries within the European Union (EU) are normally sent by our Erasmus partners and follow the rules of the Erasmus+ Program. Students from outside the EU should first contact the International Office about the procedure by emailing Harrie Poulssen, the international officer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The KPZ has signed the code of conduct and is an international recognized and accredited university of applied science. Teaching Practice is a very important part of our training program. More than 100 primary schools in the region supervise the students during their practical training. There is a variety of educational systems ranging from denominational and non-denominational to special schools founded on reform pedagogy, such as Basic Development (Basisontwikkeling) Montessori, Freinet, Dalton and Jenaplan schools.
Ane Diaz de SarraldeInternational student
"It is my first time in Holland and a lot of people already commented me that the people here are very sociable and friendly. I have to say that most of the people I've met, I've met them in college. At first I thought they were so helpful and nice with us because we are international students. But then, after few days, I could see it was not just the teachers. Students and other employees of the center were also very helpful with us. But what surprised me most was that among them, teachers and students, there is also such a relationship, very friendly. I think this is weird for me because it is not so common in my country. So I think it's one of the things that I like most from studying here."