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Department of Teacher Education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Home Economics and Home Economics teacher education,
Craft Science and Textiles teacher education

PO Box 8 (Siltavuorenpenger 10)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Special education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Centre for Educational Assessment
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

tel. +358 9 1911 (switchboard)
fax +358 9 191 29611

Department of Teacher Education

History

On January 1st 2010, the former Department of Applied Sciences of Education and the Department of Home Economics and Craft Science were merged into the Department of Teacher Education.

The name of the new large department harks back more clearly to the roots of the department. When teacher education was originally made an academic discipline in the University of Helsinki in 1974, the department was named the Department of Teacher Education. It was at this time that the teacher training schools, the Teacher Education College and the Textile Handicrafts College and College for Teachers of Home Economics were merged into one department and joined with the university. At first, teaching at the Department of Teacher Education focused on subject teachers. Class teachers joined in 1979, special education teachers and special kindergarten teachers in 1980 and kindergarten teachers in 1995.

Craft Science and Textile Teacher and Home Economics Education split from the Department of Teacher Education to form their own unit in 1998. The year 2004 was a time of faculty reforms: the Faculty of Education was abolished and the new Faculty of Behavioural Sciences was founded. At the same time, the name of the Department of Teacher Education was changed to the Department of Applied Sciences of Education.

Brief history of the Department of Teacher Education:

    • 1852 The Chair in Education, the first of its kind in the Nordic countries, is established at the University of Helsinki.
    • 1863 Uno Cygnaeus establishes Finland’s first teacher training seminar
    • 1864 Teacher training is commenced under the auspices of the Helsingin normaalilyseo school.
    • 1869 Teacher training at the Helsingin suomalainen tyttökoulu (‘Finnish girls school in Helsinki’) begins
    • 1881 The Helsinki Craft School is founded and training of textiles teachers for girls schools is commenced in 1885.
    • 1891 Training of home economics teachers starts in the Kasvatusopillinen keittokoulu (‘Pedagogical cookery school’) founded the same year.
    • 1892 Kindergarten teacher training is commenced at the Ebeneser Kindergarten Teachers’ College
    • 1947 The Helsinki Teacher Education College is founded. The college is dedicated to educating class teachers.
    • 1974 Teacher education in the whole of Finland is transferred to universities and higher education institutions.
    • 1974 The Department of Teacher Education is founded under the auspices of the historical-philological section at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Helsinki. The teacher training schools, the Teacher Education College and, later, the Textile Handicrafts College and College for Teachers of Home Economics are integrated into the Department of Teacher Education.
    • 1975 The Textile Handicrafts College and College for Teachers of Home Economics are integrated into the then Department of Teacher Education.
    • 1979 Class teacher education becomes an academic discipline at the university
    • 1980 Education of special education teachers and special kindergarten teachers commences at the Department of Teacher Education as a professional qualification in education.
    • 1992 The Faculty of Philosophy is dismantled and the Faculty of Education is founded.
    • 1995 Kindergarten education is transferred to the university as a Bachelor’s degree level education.
    • 1998 The Home Economics and Craft Science and Textile Teacher Education are separated into the new Department of Home Economics and Craft Science.
    • 2004 The Faculty of Behavioural Sciences is founded and the former Faculty of Education is moved under it.
    • 2004 The name of the Department of Teacher Education is changed to the Department of Applied Sciences of Education.
    • 2010 The Department of Applied Sciences of Education and the Department of Home Economics and Craft Science are merged into the new Department of Teacher Education.