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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
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FI-00014 University of Helsinki

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Home economics and home economics teacher education

Presentation

There are two alternative major subjects in Home Economics and Home Economics Teacher Education: Home Economics and Education (Home Economics Pedagogics).  Thus, from the perspective of Home Economics, education is vested with the role and responsibilities of a subject-specific department.
Key contents of studies include

  • nutrition education and selection of food
  • domestic and international food culture
  • consumer, family and environmental education
  • living and everyday technology

The Home Economics Teacher education qualifies the students for the profession of home economics teacher.  The students can choose either Home Economics or Education as their major subject.  From 2005, it has been also possible for students to choose home economics education without teacher education. This degree programme alternative has an annual quota of three students, the selection for which takes place during the first year of studies. The aim is to educate versatile experts in various fields of home economics and research.
The Home Economics Teacher education emphasises versatility and a multidisciplinary background, research focusing on one's own discipline and application of knowledge in teaching. The studies combine the theoretical and applied subject-specific knowledge with teaching skills. Home Economics and Education are studied side-by-side all through the studies. The aim of teacher education is to produce teachers who are willing to research their own work.

In addition to educational institutions at various levels, graduates are employed in the industrial, retail, product development, research, counselling and institutional household sectors.

Degree programme alternatives:
Home Economics Teacher education
The Home Economics Teacher education is characterised by a multidisciplinary background, research orientation and application of knowledge in education. The studies combine practical skills and theoretical and applied subject-specific knowledge with teaching skills.
 
The majority of home economics teachers work in comprehensive schools. In addition, they are qualified to work as teachers in home economics or its content area in general upper secondary schools, folk high schools and adult education centres as well as some vocational institutions. In addition to teaching, home economics teachers are being employed in research, marketing, counselling and communications duties. In this respect, the choice of minor subjects and thesis written as part of advanced studies play a key role.
 
Approximately 30 new students are admitted to the education annually.

Home Economics education
Education is aimed at students who are interested in home economics without teacher education. The aim is to provide them with competence to work in tasks requiring expertise in home economics  in counselling, management and planning, business and research sectors. Various combinations of minor subjects increase the students’ opportunities to pursue diverse employment opportunities, including duties related to international expertise. Three new students are admitted to the education annually.