The qualification requirements for teaching personnel in Finland are stipulated in the Decree No. 986/1998 and the amendment to the previous degree, Decree No. 865/2005. According to the Decree, the subject teachers in comprehensive and upper-secondary schools must have taken a Master’s level University degree, sufficient and right kind of university studies in their teaching subjects (either as part of their degree or separately), and the Pedagogical Studies for Teachers.
At the University of Helsinki, the 60-credit programme for pedagogical studies for (subject) teachers is offered in English, Finnish, and Swedish.
The programme in English is called STEP (Subject Teacher Education Programme in English) and it is available to
- those who have already taken a Master level degree at a Finnish University or abroad. The degrees taken outside Finland must be recognised by the National Agency for Education. The applicants must also have a certificate provided by the National Agency for Education or a Finnish university that the studies are suitable and sufficient for subject teachers. This certificate is called an Equivalency Certificate, opetettavan aineen vastaavuustodistus in Finnish.
- degree students in some of the programmes at the Faculties of Arts and Science at the University of Helsinki.
STEP covers the pedagogical studies for the following school subjects in the comprehensive and upper-secondary schools in Finland:
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish (as the other domestic or foreign language), Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.
The Programme in Finnish orientate to school subjects in comprehensive and upper-secondary schools or to adult education subjects. More information on the Programme is offered in Finnish only.
The Programme organised in Swedish cover school subjects in comprehensive and upper-secondary schools but NOT adult education subjects. More information is available in Swedish only.
The application period for all the programmes is 10 February - 6 March 2020. You can find more information on the selection criteria and application procedure, and application form on the Studyinfo pages which is a public, national database for educational programmes in Finland.
More information on the STEP Programme and pedagogical studies:
Instructions for students: Would you like to become a subject teacher?