Preschool Education

The basic goal of the programme is to equip students for quality educational work with young children – preschool children and children in the first grade of nine year primary school (The Primary School Act, 1996) and for cooperation with parents, co-workers and other professionals.


In the process of education, students of preschool education become familiar with various conceptions of childhood and education, and gain fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge from individual areas of kindergarten operation (The Kindergarten Curriculum, 1999). Graduates of the programme must know how to communicate with children and adults, and must be capable of planning, executing and critically analysing educational work. The elective subjects of the programme encourage students to gain a more in-depth training in those areas of work in kindergartens for which they have a special interest and ability. An important goal of study is the acquisition of the fundamental and broadly transferable knowledge that will allow graduates, in the process of lifelong learning, to themselves seek out sources and ways of acquiring the specific knowledge and skills that they will need in work.

Information about the Study Programme

Type:first cycle university study programme
Duration:3 years
Število ECTS:180
Orientations:the programme does not have orientations
Modules of the Study Programme:the programme does not have modules
Professional Title of the Graduates:Qualified Preschool Teacher

Conditions for Enrolment and Criteria for Selection in the case of Limited Enrolment

A. General conditions for enrolment in the programme

Anyone can enrol in the stated study programme who has:a. passed the matriculation exam.b. passed the concluding exam or professional matriculation exam in the secondary school programme The Preschool Teacher or in the secondary school programme The Health Technician.c. anyone who has prior to 01.06.95 completed any four-year secondary school programme.  In principle, the number of enrolment places for full-time study is 60, and for part-time study 30. 


B. Criteria for selection in the case of limited enrolment
If a resolution on limited enrolment is passed candidates will be selected with regard to:

  • general success in the matriculation or concluding exam - 60% of the points
  • general success in the 3rd and 4th years - 40% of the points.


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Subject schedule of the Study Programme with the Foreseen Responsible Persons


1st Year, 1st Semester

Developmental Psychology - 10 ECTS, The Theory of Education - 6 ECTS, Pedagogical Methodology - 5 ECTS, School Pedagogy with Didactics - 5 ECTS, Dance Expression - 4 ECTS


1st Year, 2nd Semester

Pedagogical Psychology - 6 ECTS, Preschool Pedagogy - 9 ECTS, Slovene Language - 6 ECTS, Music - 6 ECTS, Classroom Practice up to 3 Years - 3 ECTS


2nd Year, 3rd Semester

The Motor Skills of the Preschool Child - 5 ECTS, Beginner Natural Sciences - Fieldwork - 12 ECTS, Music in Early Childhood - 3 ECTS, Puppets, Drama, Media - 6 ECTS, Technical Education - 4 ECTS


2nd Year, 4th Semester

Language and Literature - 9 ECTS, Movement - Fieldwork - 7 ECTS, Social Studies - 5 ECTS, Art Education - 6 ECTS, Practice in the 1st Grade of Primary School - 3 ECTS


3rd Year, 5th Semester

Inclusive Education - 5 ECTS, The Child in Society - 5 ECTS, The Early Learning of Mathematics - 5 ECTS, Intersubject Connections – Projects - 3 ECTS (The Head of the Department of Preschool Education), Elective Profession Subject – Foundations or Fields of Activity in Kindergarten* - 4 ECTS, General Elective Subject 1 - 4 ECTS, General Elective Subject 2 - 4 ECTS


3rd Year, 6th Semester

The Sociology of Education - 5 ECTS, Selected Topics from Philosophy - 5 ECTS, Elective Profession Subject – Foundations or Fields of Activity in Kindergarten * - 4 ECTS, General Elective Subject 3 - 4 ECTS, Classroom Practice from 3 to 6 Years - 5 ECTS, Graduation Project * In order to ensure a more even workload for the persons responsible for the programmes and more flexibility in the organisation of the elective subjects (in the executed subject schedule) we have included in the subject schedule the possibility of organising certain professional elective subjects in the 5th semester and others in the 6th semester.  

Elective Subjects - Fundamental - each 4 ECTS

English Language I – Strategies for Teaching a Foreign Language, Special Pedagogy,  Interpersonal Communication, Educational Research, Media Education, The Child with Experience of Violence, Family Literacy, English Language II – Language Skills**

** Students can select English Language II if they have passed English Language I. In this case they are credited one of the elective subjects from Group D.


Areas of Activity in the Kindergarten - each 4 ECTS

Pedagogical Discourse in the Kindergarten, Youth Literature, Movement – Methods of Play, Swimming, Mountaineering, The Kindergarten – A Democratic Community, Play and Natural Sciences, Mathematical Challenges in Kindergarten, Communication with Music, Artistic Creativity, Creative Technical Workshops, Puppetry, Dance Theatre, Children in the Animal Kingdom, Nature in Kindergarten, Kindergarten in Nature, Athletics and Racket Sports in Primary School***, Gymnastics in Primary School ***, Ball Games in Primary School ***

*** The student must select one of these three subjects.


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