Preschool Education

University of Maribor

24 months
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The "Preschool Education" 2nd-cycle study programme leads to "magisterij" (master's degree). It is implemented by the Faculty of Education and offers in-depth knowledge, skills, and work methods for quantitative and qualitative examination of a number of problems in early childhood. 

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The programme takes into account all modern pedagogical-psychological, scientific, and artistic knowledge in all areas of expertise and contributes immensely to the development of competencies of future preschool educators. Fundamental goals of the programme are:

The fundamental goal of the programme is to educate graduates to:

  • be equipped with all necessary general and specific knowledge, abilities and capabilities for the role of a professional preschool teacher, management stuff or researcher in preschool education; 
  • be creative in solving problems which occur in different complex and unpredictable situations that arise in the educational system; 
  • be capable of supporting didactic decisions and procedures with rational, professional, and well-researched arguments; and 
  • develop the preschool education field and to improve possibilities of employment because of knowledge and competences acquired during study.
Subject-specific competencies gained with the programme are:
  • deeper ability to solve concrete pedagogical problems with the use of scientific methods and procedures;
  • coherent command of fundamental knowledge and ability to apply the knowledge to other bordering professions, scientific fields and suitable applications;
  • ability to include new information and interpretations within the context of education;
  • possessing a complete understanding of the general structure of education as well as connections to its sub-disciplines (curricular theories, special pedagogical knowledge, etc)
  • deeper understanding and use of critical analysis methods, the development of theories, and their use in solving concrete pedagogical problems;
  • development of practical skills and routines in using knowledge in the field of education;
  • effective use of information and communication technologies and systems in the field of education;
  • deeper knowledge and understanding of developmental characteristics, differences and needs of children, recognizing learning abilities and difficulties, as well as a complete understanding of children;
  • organization and leadership abilities and skills with proficiency in education;
  • knowledge and understanding of social systems, especially educational processes;
  • knowledge and understanding of institutional work (demands, legislation, documentation requirements, and the legal point of view of educational work);
  • ability to be esthetically sensitive for the purpose of active and creative work in the fields of art;
  • thorough knowledge and understanding of the didactic characteristics of early learning and teaching, and being able to help in the educational leadership of individual groups and/or departments;
  • ability to adjust teaching strategies and to teach according to the individual, social, linguistic and cultural characteristics of students; and
  • creating stimulating learning atmospheres and mutual relations, display an ability to effectively solve problems.


Year 1: 1st Semester

  • Methods of Qualitative and Quantitative Pedagogical Research (5)
  • Professional Development and Evaluation in Preschool Education (6)
  • Learning and Personality Development of Pre-School Children (5)
  • Quality and the Development of the Preschool (5)
  • Legal Issues of Work with Children in Early Childhood (5)
  • Elective course 1 (4)


  • Investigating of Child’s Development (4)
  • Monitoring Motor Development (4)
  • Psychological Effects of Music on a Preschool Child (4)
  • Stress in Preschool Child and the Role of Adults (4)
  • Peer Relations (4)
  • Emergencies of Children in Early Childhood (4)

Year 1: 2nd Semester

  • Musical and Dance Recreation and Creation (6)
  • Visual Art and Drama Activities (6)
  • Slovenian Language and Literature in Preschool Education (5)
  • Research in Motor Behaviour (3)
  • Research in the Field of Elementary Science (3)
  • Early Mathematics’ Approaches (3)
  • Elective course 2 (4)


  • Methods of Management in Education (4)
  • ICT Support for Education (4)
  • Systems of Quality and Excellence Management (4)
  • Interculturality in Preschool Education (4)
  • Education for Sustainable Development (4)

Year 2: 3rd Semester

  • Management of Preschool Institutions (3)
  • Rhetoric and Communication (3)
  • Contemporary Social Sciences and Ethics in Preschool Education (6)
  • Early Intervention and Involvement of Parents (5)
  • English for Pre-School Teachers (4)
  • Project-Based Learning in Pre-School (9)

Year 2: 4th Semester

  • Elective course 3 – group A (5)
  • Elective course 4 – group B (5)
  • Master seminar (5)
  • Master’s Thesis (15)

Group A electives:

  • Pedagogic Research in Art Didactics (5)
  • Family and the Art of Music (5)
  • Early Learning and Education about Traffic Safety (5)
  • Projects with Puppets in Nursery and Primary School (5)
  • Mathematical Manipulatives in Early Learning (5)
  • Monitoring Outdoor Sport Activities (5)
Group B electives:
  • Literary and Visual Characteristics of a Picture Book (5)
  • An Integrated Approach to Foreign Language Learning in Early Childhood (5)
  • Astronomy in Preschool Education (5)
  • Active Learning in Natural Environment (5)
  • Cognitive Didactic Games for Development of Creativity (5)
  • Strategies for Developing Visual Literacy (5)

Programme Structure

Detailed programme structure is available under "Overview".

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Please find detailed admission requirements at the following link: (page 4).


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