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

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

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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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Subject teacher education

Presentation

The aim of the subject teacher education is to educate subject teachers for duties in basic and general upper secondary education as well as adult education. Teachers’ pedagogical studies to be completed in the education provide the students with extensive pedagogical qualifications for teacher duties at various educational levels and institutions (basic education, vocational institutions, polytechnics, folk high schools, adult education centres). At the University of Helsinki, it is possible to complete teachers’ pedagogical studies and teaching placement entailed in these studies specialising either in basic and general upper secondary education or adult education.

Teachers’ pedagogical studies in basic and general upper secondary education (60 ECTS) comprise basic studies of 25 ECTS credits and intermediate studies of 35 ECTS credits.  As a rule, the studies require full-time studies lasting one academic year and they include a great deal of contact teaching requiring attendance. Bachelor's and Master’s degree students of the Faculties of Arts, Behavioural Sciences, Biosciences, Science, Social Sciences and Theology at the University of Helsinki may apply for right for teachers’ pedagogical studies.  As a rule, the applicants should major in a subject taught at comprehensive or general upper secondary schools. For degree students, teachers’ pedagogical studies are usually a minor subject in their degree.

Non-degree teachers’ pedagogical studies are meant for persons who have a prior Master’s degree and whose degree includes, or who have in addition to it completed basic and intermediate or equivalent studies of 60 ECTS credits (35 study weeks) in a subject that is taught in comprehensive schools, general upper secondary schools or other educational institutions.  

The aim of the teachers’ pedagogical studies oriented at adult education (60 ECTS) is to provide comprehensive pedagogical qualifications for teacher’s profession, particularly in adult education. The subject to be taught can be a subject taught at comprehensive schools, general upper secondary schools or other educational institutions. Applications to the studies can be made, first of all, by people with a Master’s degree.  There are no limitations with regard to the major subject of the degree, so this educational channel is open to all Master’s degree holders. It is possible to apply for studies with degrees in the following fields:  languages, technology, biotechnology, environmental technology and science, behavioural sciences and philosophy, social sciences and economics and culture, as well as arts and physical education.  Another main group of students in teacher education oriented at adult education comprises degree students of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Behavioural Sciences. As a rule, the multiform studies will be completed within one academic year. They include contact teaching requiring attendance.

STEP - Subject Teacher Education Programme in English

STEP started as a new programme in August 2011 in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki. The programme is 60 ECTS and it is geared for both Finnish and international students. The programme gives official qualifications for teaching in basic and upper secondary education in Finland.

STEP has two selection groups: 1) Basic degree students at the University of Helsinki (studying for their Bachelor's and Master's degrees or studying in a Master's degree programme; NB! Doctoral students are not basic degree students) in the faculties of Arts, Science, and Social Sciences can apply to STEP.

2) Applicants who have already completed a Master's degree (at the University of Helsinki or another university) and have at least 60 credits of basic and intermediate studies of a teaching subject taught in basic or general upper secondary education and are such that are required of a subject teacher in Finland can apply to the Subject Teacher Education Programme in English (STEP) in a separate selection quota.

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Student selections The annual application period for teachers’ pedagogical studies ends in the beginning of March, after which the eligibility of the applicants will be checked in collaboration by the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and subject-specific faculties. The selection process and its practical arrangements are the responsibility of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences.
Other competence requirements of subject teachers (such as requirements pertaining to subject-specific competence of subject to be taught) vary according to educational institution. With regard to any questions on subject-specific issues, the relevant subject-specific faculty of higher education institution should be contacted, since the Department of Teacher Education is not responsible for them.