General Contact Information

Subject Teacher
Education Programme

Department of Teacher Education
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5A)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
Finland

STEP email:
step-admissions (at) helsinki.fi

Teacher qualifications in Finland

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The teaching profession is regulated in Finland in the Teaching Qualifications Decree 986/1998. (Decree No. 986/1998 on the qualification requirements for teaching personnel and the amendment to the aforementioned decree, Decree No. 865/2005.)

For more information on teaching qualifications from other countries and on recognition of teacher education from other countries, please see:

The Finnish National Board of Education

The qualifications for subject teachers in Finland depend on the school level.

To be a qualified subject teacher in the comprehensive school (Grades 1 to 9) in Finland, a person must have completed

  1. a higher University degree (a Master's degree)
  2. at least basic and intermediate or equivalent studies of 60 ECTS credits (35 study weeks) in a subject that is taught in comprehensive schools
  3. 60 ECTS of teachers' pedagogical studies

 

To be a qualified subject teacher in the upper secondary school in Finland, a person must have completed

  1. a higher University degree (a Master's degree)
  2. at least 120 ECTS credits in one teaching subject that is taught in the upper secondary school and at least 60 credits in other possible teaching subjects
  3. at least 60 ECTS of teachers' pedagogical studies

 

In order to be qualified to teach in a Finnish comprehensive school, teachers must also possess excellent competence of the teaching language of the school (usually Finnish or Swedish).

In upper secondary schools the competency requirement for teachers is to master the teaching language. The regulations are stipulated in the same decrees as for the general qualifications (Decree 986/1998, Decree 865/2005).

For more general information about subject teacher education, please see

The Department of Teacher Education

To read more about the Subject Teacher Education Programme in English, please see the tabs on the left.

Check for teacher qualifications in a nutshell:

Center for Continuing Education, Palmenia

Recognition of Finnish teaching qualifications abroad

For information about the recognition of Finnish teaching qualification abroad, please see

Recognition of Finnish Qualifications Abroad
Finnish National Board of Education

Secondary School Teacher - Regulated profession
European Comission
The EU Single Market -Regulated Professions Database

DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications
European Comission
The EU Single Market - Legislation