The qualification requirements for teaching personnel in Finland are stipulated in 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 degree, sufficient and right kind of university studies in their teaching subjects (either as part of their degree or separately) and 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 taken a Master level degree at a Finnish University or abroad, and
- degree students at certain Faculties at the University of Helsinki.
It 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.
More information on selection criteria and application procedure:
Degree students in old degree programmes at the University of Helsinki
Degree students in new degree programmes at the University of Helsinki
Separate pedagogical studies for those who already have taken a Master's degree
The ways to show sufficient knowledge of English are listed in the Rector's decision. In addition, if the teaching subject is the English language, you do not have to have any other certification on your knowledge of the language.
The studies in Finnish cover school subjects in comprehensive and upper-secondary schools and orientation to adult education subjects. More information on the programme is offered in Finnish only.
The studies organised in Swedish cover school subjects in comprehensive and upper-secondary schools but NOT adult education subjects. More information is available in Swedish.
Statistics (in Finnish) covering the previous selection rounds: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
The application period is 15.2.2018-15.3.2018 (15.00 o'clock). An electronic form is available here when the application period starts. If you intend to apply please make sure that you have all the requested documents available in time.
Important!! The interview date for all the STEP applicants is 8.5.2018 (8 May).
Background information form in English. If necessary, please open it with the following commands: open>view>edit document.
(Backgroud information form also available in pdf format.)
STEP Subject Teacher Education Programme in English for degree students at the University of Helsinki
STEP Subject Teacher Education Programme in English for the separate selection quota
The information on selection criteria and application procedure was added on 18.12.2017. The interview date was added on 19.12.2017. Direct link to language requirements added on 4.1.2018. The total number of credits as criteria for interview access was deleted 14.2.2018.