Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of Early Childhood Education

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of Early Childhood Education has several strong research communities that contribute to research-based knowledge with relevance for the challenges faced by society in the field of early childhood education. The Department’s study programmes are developed in close cooperation with the field of practical training, and through research and innovation projects. The Department offers several bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in early childhood education, as well as continuing and further education.

The Department of Early Childhood Education at the Faculty of Education and International Studies has up to four vacant, permanent full-time positions as Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education from 1 March 2022.      

The Department of Early Childhood Education has approximately 2000 students and 115 academic staff members and is located at the Oslo Metropolitan University campus in the centre of Oslo. The department offers a Bachelor Programme in Early Childhood Education and Care, a M. Phil. Programme in Early Childhood Education, courses taught in English, as well as further and continuing education programmes. The faculty offers a Ph.D. in Education. The department collaborates extensively with kindergartens and other institutions relevant to our work. 

The faculty members collaborate in interdisciplinary teaching teams. Pedagogy is included in many courses, such as “Children’s Development, Play and Learning”. Pedagogy is also included in further and continuing education courses that are commissioned in connection with Strategy for raising competence in the kindergarten sector, read more here

Read more about the faculty and the department here
Read more about our research groups here


  • teach, supervise and evaluate students primarily at the bachelor's level
  • work with courses and assignments depending on the applicant’s competence and the department’s needs
  • follow up students in practical training
  • initiate and carry out research and development
    The profile of the faculty is teacher education, so profession-oriented research and development work is emphasised. It is important that the appointed candidate is willing to focus on research that is relevant to professional practice within the kindergarten field.
  • disseminate research results to the international academic community and society in general
  • contribute to the further development of the academic community and the department’s study programmes
  • carry out academic administrative tasks

Required qualifications:

  • To be appointed to a position of Assistant Professor, a candidate must have completed a master’s degree in Early childhood pedagogy, or equivalent, from a university, university college, or the equivalent. NOKUT specifies the requirements of a degree at this level in Norway: https://www.nokut.no/en/foreign-education/nokuts-criteria-for-general-recognition-of-foreign-higher-education/
  • The applicant must be able to document relevant educational theory and practice qualifications. Applicants who are unable to document basic teaching qualifications upon appointment, must acquire these qualifications within two years. Oslo Metropolitan University offers a course on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (UHPED) in English, that meets this requirement. 
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required. Applicants who do not have adequate proficiency in a Scandinavian language must acquire Norwegian skills corresponding to at least level B2 within three years after starting in the position.

In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • teaching experience at the bachelor's levels, preferably with ECEC-education
  • teaching skills
  • broad knowledge of and/or experience with several of the following subjects: children’s play and learning, leadership, early childhood pedagogy, supervising, and children in demanding life situations. Other areas within pedagogical topics might also be of interest.
  • knowledge about and/or experience from the kindergarten field
  • digital proficiency, including experience with student-active learning methods and the use of digital teaching, learning and assessment tools
  • the ability to communicate and collaborate with students and colleagues
  • personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment
  • good oral and written presentation skills in a Scandinavian language and English
    Applicants whose first language is not one of the Scandinavian languages, must document both oral and written language skills. 

General criteria for appointments to academic posts are found in the Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

Oslo Metropolitan University tests teaching qualifications through trial lectures held in connection with interviews.

Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education or training.

Application process:

The following documents must be uploaded before the deadline:

  • application letter
  • CV
  • all pages of certificates and diplomas
  • complete list of publications
  • up to ten scholarly works and an overview of them
  • two references with contact information

All documents must be uploaded in order for your application to be processed. The documents must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be government authorised, and originals must be presented in connection with interviews. Oslo Metropolitan University checks documents in order to ensure a proper evaluation of all candidates and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. All applications will be reviewed by the faculty before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee. Applications from applicants who are not qualified, will not be forwarded for assessment.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact Ingrid Andvin Tsolakis: iats@oslomet.no

We offer: 

  • interesting tasks at Norway’s third largest university
  • time for profession-oriented research and development
  • loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural offers
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers 

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

Further information:

For further information about the position, please contact:

  • Head of department Inger Marie Lindboe, mobile: +47 954 75 435  
    E-mail ingerlin@oslomet.no 
  • Head of studies Unn Christin Håvie, mobile: +47469 60 864                
    E-mail unnchr@oslomet.no
  • Head of studies Geir Aaserud, mobile: +47922 42 810       
    E-mail geira@oslomet.no

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees:

The annual salary range for Assistant Professor, position code 1009 is NOK 468 300 – NOK 604 700. A higher salary may be considered for particularly qualified applicants. A contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.

Please apply electronically for the position by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.03.2022
Salary Annual salary NOK 468 300 – NOK 604 700
Number of positions 4
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 21/09900
  • Inger Marie Lindboe, ingerlin@oslomet.no, +47 954 75 435
  • Unn Christin Håvie, unnchr@oslomet.no, +47 469 60 864
  • Geir Aaserud, geira@oslomet.no, +47 922 42 810
Published 22.Sep.2021
Last application date 17.Oct.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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