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Educatieve Master Primair Onderwijs





2 year,
joint degree


Leiden and Amsterdam
(VU and UvA)

The Educatieve Master Primair Onderwijs (EMPO) is a two-year full-time Master’s programme to become a teacher in Dutch primary education. You will be trained as a teacher with scientific expertise to contribute to educational improvement in the classroom and at school. After completing the EMPO, you will have a Master's degree and a teaching qualification valid in Dutch primary education. The educational program consists of three learning lines:

Educational practice

Substantiated action in the classroom is central: knowing what you do, why you do it and when you need to adjust your actions.


You choose a substantive specialisation: Learning problems, Learning processes and learning environments or Educational leadership and educational innovation.

Educational research

You learn to use existing research as effectively as possible and to conduct research yourself in educational practice.


Dutch primary education has a great need for teachers who can make the connection between school practice and scientific knowledge and research.

Who is the EMPO intended for?

Anyone who has obtained an academic bachelor's or master's degree in behavioral and social sciences is directly admissible. For other academic bachelors or masters, this is the case after completing a Pre-master (in Dutch). International students also need to meet the requirements in Dutch proficiency.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.