The qualification requirements for teaching personnel in Finland are stipulated in Decrees No. 986/1998 and 865/2005. The subject teachers in comprehensive (= peruskoulu in Finnish, grades 3-9) and upper secondary schools (= lukio in Finnish, grades 10-12) in Finland must have completed, among other things, the Pedagogical Studies for Teachers as defined in the Decree.
The Subject Teacher Education Programme (STEP) are the Pedagogical Studies for Teachers arranged in English complying with the Decree requirements. It is arranged every year by the Faculty of Educational Sciences. The programme helps the future teacher to develop into a professional in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and development of teaching.
The extent of the Programme is 60 credits which equals to 60 ECTS credits in the European system. It corresponds to the full-time work load of a whole academic year. The academic year starts 1 August 2022 and lasts till 31 July 2023 but the compulsory attendance is required from the last week of August till the end of May.
Even if studies can be taken in one academic year the non-degree students are automatically given a study right for two years.
There are no tuition fees connected to the Programme.
The STEP Programme is available to those
The next application round will be organised 9 February 2022 - 4 March 2022. More Information on the application process is published in the Studyinfo.fi database.
If you are going to apply to the STEP Programme as a non-degree student, you have provide by the end of the application period the so called Equivalency Certificate (= opetettavan aineen vastaavuustodistus in Finnish). It is a certificate that shows that you have taken sufficient and right kind of studies in the school subject(s) you are going to teach.
Please notice that it may take several weeks to obtain such a certificate from a University, so please act early!
Read more about the certificate here.
The 2022 application round information is available in Studyinfo.fi.
Please note that the University of Helsinki only accepts IELTS Academic test scores. Tests taken at the general level are not accepted.
The IELTS Indicator test is also accepted.
The Home Edition and Paper Edition of TOEFL iBT are also accepted.
You can prove your language skills with upper-secondary education conducted in English in the following countries:
You can prove your language skills with the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) or the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP), if your programme has been completed in English.
If your IB examination has been completed in a language other than English, you can prove your language skills with the the following grades:
You can prove your language skills with the European Baccalaureate. The following grades are accepted as proof of language skills:
You can prove your language skills with a university degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree, or polytechnic/university of applied science degree) completed in English in one of the following countries:
You can prove your language skills with a degree completed in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences if you have demonstrated foreign language proficiency in the English language in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004) or University of Applied Sciences Degrees (1129/2014).
You can prove your language skills with a degree completed at a Finnish university with English as the major subject.
You can prove your language skills with an Equivalency Certificate in English which you have already received or will receive during your studies.