How to apply to STEP studies
The Subject Teacher Education Programme (STEP) are the Pedagogical Studies for Teachers arranged in English. The Programme helps the future teacher to develop into a professional in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and development of teaching.

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 it 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

  • who have already completed a suitable Master’s level degree at a Finnish university or abroad (= non-degree applicants); or
  • who are degree students at certain Faculties at the University of Helsinki (= degree applicants); and
  • who have completed  or will complete sufficient studies in the teaching subject(s).

The next application round will be organised 9 February 2022 - 4 March 2022. More Information on the application process is already published in the Studyinfo.fi database.

IMPORTANT!

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 cerficate 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.

2022 application round information is available in Studyinfo.fi

 

Possible ways to show sufficient language proficiency

Minimum requirement:

  • Overall score 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in the writing section.

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.

Minimum requirement:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) 92, a minimum score of 22 in the writing section
  • TOEFL rPDT (revised Paper-delivered Test) a minimum score of 20 in the reading section, a minimum score of 20 in the listening section, a minimum score of 22 in the writing section

The Home Edition and Paper Edition of TOEFL iBT are also accepted.

Minimum requirement:

  • for C1 Advanced (formerly CAE): Pass levels A, B or C
  • for C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE): Pass levels A, B, C or level C1 certificate

Minimum requirement:

  • Overall score 62, with a minimum score of 54 in each communicative skills section (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

Minimum requirement:

  • Skills level 5 in the reading comprehension, writing, and speaking subtests.

You can prove your language skills with upper-secondary education conducted in English in the following countries:

  • Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden)
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

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:

  • English as the A1 language with a minimum grade of 2.
  • English as the A2 language with a minimum grade of 5.
  • English as A language (literature/language and literature/literature and performance) a minimum grade of 2.

You can prove your language skills with the European Baccalaureate. The following grades are accepted as proof of language skills:

  • European Baccalaureate with English as the L1 language with an approved grade
    • minimum grade of 4 if the examination was taken before 2021
    • minimum grade of 5 if the examination was taken in 2021.
  • European Baccalaureate with English as the L2 language with a minimum grade of 7.

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:

  • EU/EEA countries or Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

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.