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Morten Einar Edvardsen














The Norwegian Primary School System, Teacher Education, and School Leadership in a Modern Context

Morten Einar Edvardsen is the Head of Division for Teacher Education and an Assistant Professor of Pedagogy & Educational Leadership at Nord University. He completed his graduate training in School Leadership at NTNU, and he is an active lecturer and course coordinator for both teacher education and principal education programs across three universities (Nord U, NTNU, and UiT).


Morten has nearly twenty years of educational management experience at multiple levels. Starting initially as a secondary-education teacher, he advanced to other roles, including as:

  • a school Principal

  • an Inspector, a Department Head, a Chief Operating Officer, and a Unit Leader for the municipal Superintendent’s Office

  • an Advisor for the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training

  • a Head of Division at the University/College level

In many of these positions, Morten has served as a Project Manager for numerous national, municipal, and institutional initiatives. These projects have focused on some of the most pressing issues in the education sector, among them: developing ICT competences and adopting digital resources, sustainability, school attendance, anti-bullying, assessment, and literacy. He is currently responsible for the “University School” Project at Nord University and he is engaged with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research in their “Good Kindergarten- and School-Owner” Project for Northern-Norway. 


Morten’s research interests include:

  • National curriculum legislation

  • Leadership of “Learning Schools”

  • Leadership of School-based Competence Development

  • Student-centred Leadership through Validation and Recognition


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