How to Pick?

ITEPS offers you the opportunity to take 2 chosen Electives in Year 3 and 4.

The ITEps course incorporates 2 chosen Electives in Year 3 and 4.


The Electives take place during the first semester (September-January). For one of these Electives you are given the opportunity to take a semester abroad in Norway.

Here Below you will find more information about each Elective and where it is given.

NHL Stenden University has a cooperation with University College of Southeast Norway (HSN). One of your chosen Electives will take place at their beautiful campus. 

It would be possible to do your elective in an other city/country aside from at HSN. Permission for this will depend on what kind of minor programmes the university offers. Make sure to check out the partneruniverstity list.


Inclusive Education is a well rounded Elective giving you the essential knowledge to have a fully inclusive classroom catering to all the different types of learners. During the course you will get an inside look into the main learning difficulties and possible differences in your classroom. You will get an insight into strategies and techniques and have several expert guest lecturers bring insight into the elective. 

This elective is given in: Meppel (NL).


Religion and culture will be a day-to-day occurrence in your future classroom. Discovering your own identity more, and exploring other, new perspectives on life can only be beneficial. For yourself and your students.


The Elective is split in 3 parts (each 6 weeks):

Module 1 Philosophical Dialogue

Module 2 Culture, Religion and Society

Module 3 Major World Religions

The minor has a lot of input (without teaching practice) and valuable literature. There is a lot of reading and self-studying involved, but with the splitting of the semester, you can expect the teacher to be in his/her expertise and therefore motivated and excited themselves.

This elective is given in: Meppel (NL), Drammen (NOR).

"I can tell you the reason why I chose it. I think for me it is mostly about perspectives and kind of the metaphor of: How can I change my perspective, if I only know one? It opens up dialogue and provokes many 'aha' and 'woah' effects." -ITEps Student


Science is a fundamental part of education and this electives gives you the tools necessary to teach science in a fun engaging way to children. Filled with theory and practical experiments. This elective is divided into the 3 main branches of science: Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course plan includes learning outcomes related to theoretical and didactical knowledge. The elective is filled with hands on experiments, fun activities and outdoor excursions. You will be given the opportunity to apply your new scientific in different ways, and will receive a full comprehensive knowledge and base of science beyond what is necessary for elementary education. You will be able to take your knowledge directly into your future classroom. 

This elective is given in: Drammen (NOR)


In the Arts and Culture elective, the focus is put on art subjects (visual arts, drama, music and dance). Students are introduced to themes like the place of arts in general education, the specific contribution of arts subjects, arts in conjunctions with other subjects and the development of children and how art subjects can contribute to good education.

In this elective, balance is pursued between broad and in depth learning, practical and theoretical elements and own artistic development and not to forget the teaching skills. There are tutorials, projects, internships and workshops to support the students’ learning. Next to that, the assignments allow students also to make their own choices and to use them in such a way that these contribute to the development of their A&C competencies to a maximum degree.

This elective is given in: Meppel (NL).


The History and Social Geography elective helps you to understand the connections between different societies and environments in the relation to time. You will acquire subject specific knowledge build around the four different modules:

1. Pace, Place, Mobility and Power

2. An Overview of Global History from Stone Age to Space Age

3.The Vikings: from Local Actors to Global Players

4. Industrialization and Heritage Industry


During the course you will practice critical thinking skills and learn how to combine history and social geography in order to foster an interdisciplinary environment for your future students. 

This elective is given in: Drammen (NOR).






NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Van der Duijn van Maasdamstraat 1
7942 AT Meppel 


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