Leadership and Pedagogical Skills in Computer Science Engineering by Combining a Degree in Engineering with a Degree in Education
Paper in proceeding, 2020

In this full paper on innovative practice, we describe and discuss findings from dual degree study programmes that combine a master's degree in engineering with a master's degree in education. This innovative study programme design has emerged in Sweden due to an alarming demand for more Upper Secondary School teachers in STEM subjects. Studies on alumni from these programmes indicate that the graduates are highly appreciated not only as teachers in schools, but also in business and industry, e.g. in roles as IT consultants and computer science engineers. Data indicate that the breadth of the combined education, and especially leadership and pedagogical skills, are important factors for these graduates' success as engineers.


computer science engineering

critical thinking

teacher education

combined education

pedagogical skills


Dual degrees

problem solving

IT consultants



Mikael Cronhjort

University of Gävle

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Samuel Bengmark

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Algebra and geometry

University of Gothenburg

Linda Kann

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Viggo Kann

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

0190-5848 (ISSN)

978-1-7281-8961-1 (ISBN)

2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
Uppsala, Sweden,

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Pedagogical Work


Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work



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