International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS)

International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS)

The International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) educates students to become teachers in international schools. The program is in English and prepares you to work in classrooms around the world.

Study level
Closing dates
Applicants within EU/EEA: 1th of march 2020
Start up
Autumn 2020

The ITEPS-program will not start up again, but we are working on a new study program that will replace the ITEPS-program. We are hoping that the new program will start up in the fall 2020, with closing date 1st of March for applicants within EU/EEA. We are hoping that applicants outside of EU/EEA will be able to apply for admission for the study year 2021/2022.

Through the ITEPS program, you will experience different national and international educational approaches and systems. You will have several periods of teaching practice in international schools.

The program is a cooperation between NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and USN.

Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme there are several exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. Please contact our program administrator for details and course lists. Application deadline is April 15 for autumn semester and November 1st for spring semester for exchange.

Why study ITEPS?

ITEPS is a teacher education, which gives you qualifications to work in international schools. If you have a passion to teach and are open to new cultures, teaching in an international context may suit you.

The number of international schools in the world is rapidly increasing and the demand for well-qualified teachers in international education with it. ITEPS is the first Bachelor program that prepares for a primary school teaching career in international and multicultural schools all over the world.

Where can I work?

In a more flexible world where people move around, we see an increase of international schools. On completion of the four-year program, you will receive a Bachelor of Education title. You will also receive a diploma supplement with your diploma to show that you are specifically prepared to teach at an international school. Please note that international schools often require high competence in English when they hire teachers.

USN works closely with international schools both in Norway and abroad. During your stay at USN your will get to know several of these institutions. This provides our students with a broad foundation of contact with potential employers.

Being an all-English program the ITEPS program does not meet the requirements for teaching in Norwegian schools. If you aim to work in the Norwegian school system, we recommend applying to one of our ordinary teacher educations for primary schools.

What you will learn

At ITEPS, you will meet a multicultural student environment at a program that emphasizes democratic values and cultural understanding. In addition to solid academic didactic skills, you will get to know several national and international schooling systems both in theory and through practical training.

The University of South-Eastern Norway (Norway) and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands) offer ITEPS jointly. The program consists of modules, so that whilst the majority of your studies will be at USN, some elective parts is offered at our partner university.

More information about can be found in the Study Plans (program descriptions).

Further studies

After completion of the ITEPS program you can apply for our master in Human Rights and Multiculturalism

Admission requirements

Applicants have to meet the general admission requirements, the requirements are listed in the GSU-list. As the medium of instruction in this course is English, we do not require proof of Norwegian language proficiency.

English language competence is essential for completion of the program.

Regulations concerning admissions to higher education.

As you will be working with children in your teaching practice we recommend all students to get a police clearance/certificate of good conduct from the police in their home country/country of residence.

Students who have spent more than three months of the last three years in countries outside of Western Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan must test themselves for communicable tuberculosis. The results of the examination must be negative when you start your ITEPS degree.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.

Study facts

Full time – Drammen