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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,
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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. +358 294 1911 (switchboard)
fax +358 2941 29611

Class teacher education


Class teachers are experts in education and teaching, who recognise their educational responsibility and maintain their professional competence. They possess good prerequisites for cooperation with all members of the school community, pupils and their parents as well as the various societal bodies. Class teachers are capable of seeing their work as part of society, its values and activities.

The class teacher education qualifies graduates to teach a class in grades 1 to 6 in basic education, and for duties that require expertise in education and teaching, such as school administration, organisations or enterprises. By including at least 60 ECTS credits of basic and intermediate studies in a subject in the school curriculum, students can gain a further qualification for the basic education of grades 7 to 9.

The class teacher education at the University of Helsinki educates versatile experts in education, teaching and learning who develop their own work and are socially aware. The education supports the development of the students’ pedagogical thinking and their growth into work as a researching teacher. The class teachers graduating from the University of Helsinki are capable of combining the comprehensive educational duty arising from the age groups of pupils and groups of pupils, competence in various disciplines, educational theory and practice into their own practical pedagogical theory.

Degree programmes
The class teacher education at the University of Helsinki comprises three different study programmes. The major subject may be either education or educational psychology. Moreover, students can choose to specialise in multicultural education and teaching.

The major subject studies in education acquaint the students with the cultural, psychological, pedagogical and research bases of education. The aim of the basics of research is to educate teachers, who research their own work and are capable of pedagogical decision-making and critically utilising and producing educational knowledge. The aim of studies in education is to provide the students with the tools needed to analyse and conceptualise school teaching.

The core contents of major subject studies in educational psychology include working as a member of a group and interaction skills, learning, growth and development, curriculum work and learning to deal with the reality of school life, as well as learning to do research. Studies in educational psychology consider working in a group and concurrent growth key facets of teacher education. Consequently, each student will be part of a close-knit group almost throughout their studies. The common goal of the students and the supervisor is to find a balance for their cooperation. The aim is that the student group grows into independent, goal-oriented work.

Teachers who have completed the multicultural teacher education possess special competencies to work in schools with multicultural pupils. The aim is that the students internalise culturally sensitive working methods. The studies focus on intercultural interaction skills, and competence and perspective in different cultures. Multicultural class teacher education aims to respond to the challenges presented by the changes occurring in Finnish society, as well as internationalisation. The major subject of students selected for multicultural education is education. Their Bachelor’s degree includes multiculturalism education as a short minor subject or Finnish as a second language study module.

Student selections The Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki admits 120 new students annually , of whom no less than 90 are selected for class teacher education with education as their major subject, no more than 10 for class teacher education with educational psychology as their major subject, and no more than 20 for multicultural class teacher education.

Applications for education can be submitted through the national joint application process (VAKAVA) or on the basis of prior studies. More information on student selection can be found on the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences website.