This full-time course is conducted in English for international students. It is also suitable for Swedish speaking students and teachers who would like the additional benefit of exchanging experiences with international students, increasing their possibilities of working as teachers in other countries and getting easier access to research in the field. We use online learning platform to facilitate discussion and reflection on the course literature.

Course content

  • Basic systems theory and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Relevant educational legislation in Sweden and in countries represented by the students
  • Central debates, issues and concepts in the international field of special education
  • Special education, individual development, learning, variability in learning
  • Central values in relation to individuals in need of extra support
  • Preventive and practical educational strategies

How to apply

Link to Stockholm University step-by-step guide


Successful completion of upper secondary school and at least one year of successful studies at university level in Education (60 ECTS or equivalent). A good command of written and spoken English (upper secondary school leaving certificate, TOEFL- test or equivalent).


Autumn 2018: Link to the course schedule in TimeEdit


International coordinator: Frida Hager

Course coordinator: Khaleda Gani Dutt

Course administrator: Joel Lundström