Vocational teacher studies do not lead to a degree but pedagogical studies required for the post of teacher in Finland. (Law 932/2014, Article 8 and Decree 1129/2014, Section 3)
Successful completion of the pedagogical studies for teachers (60 ECTS credits) entitles you to use the formal title Ammatillinen opettaja – AmO (vocational teacher).
Requirements for applicants are mainly;
- a relevant degree completed in a university or University of Applied Sciences and
- a minimum of three or five years’ work experience in a field corresponding to the degree. In some cases there are no requirement for work experience.
If the degree on which your application is based has been completed outside Finland, you will most likely need to have your degree recognized by the Finnish National Agency for Education, www.oph/en.fi.
Please note that obtaining the decision may take several months.
More information about applying:
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Vocational teacher studies are 60 credits.
Studying flexibly in 12—18 months.
The studies are structured so that contact days and peer group activities form a one-year group process.
The contact days are organized in a collaborative manner, which does not allow for online participation.
The competence requirements imply face-to-face interaction, participation and co-creation as a whole group. Students may choose to progress faster or opt for a more long-term plan. The overall length of your studies is determined in your PDP.
Competence-based development and personalisation
Competence-based development means that the basis for teaching and assessment is competence attainment. The focus shifts from teaching to planning, tutoring and supporting each student’s learning process. The student teacher and the tutor plan together the learning process. In the personal development plan (PDP), they recognize the student teacher’s prior competence in relation to the competence criteria of vocational teachers and Haaga-Helia's education exports continue online despite the pandemic. New students started in international vocational teacher education programme in January.
In vocational teacher education, the competence criteria are interpretations of the kind of competencies vocational teachers will need in different work environments now and in the future. These criteria will be discussed, interpreted and defined during the vocational teacher education programme.
Vocational teacher training is a competence-based development programme. The studies are connected to the skills and competence required in teachers' work as well as in our society and a variety of professions. The content of the studies is built on the current and future needs of working life and vocational education.
At the start of your studies, you formulate a personal development plan (PDP) with your tutor. Your development plan is based on the self-evaluation of your competences in relation to the competence criteria for a vocational teacher. In your plan, you record the objectives and development tasks appropriate for you. During the development tasks, you explore and develop your vocational teacher identity and the associated work practices and environments.
Although the development plan is personalised, the programme's approach is collaborative. As you complete and assess your development project, you will be supported by a peer group of fellow student teachers with whom you carry out part of your studies using methods agreed by the group.
Each student teacher and peer group will be assigned a tutor. The tutor will support and help you and your peer group to build a meaningful learning process, develop and assess your competencies. The aim of the tutoring process is to support the student teacher’s own choices and development needs.
In addition to learning, tutoring and assessment, other shared themes of the programme include ethics, democracy and human rights in teaching, the teacher as an influencer in society, entrepreneurship in teachers’ work and in students’ future careers, and the changes digitalization will bring to teachers’ work. The emphases of the themes depend on the student group.
International exchange is possible for students of the Vocational Teacher.
Teacher studies also include teaching training, which you can do in places such as an educational institution, workplaces, online, third sector activities, simultation environments or projects between the institution and work life.
The alumni of the Haaga-Helia School of Vocational Teacher Education include all our vocational teacher, special needs teacher and guidance counsellor graduates. Ensure that your contact details are up to date in our alumni database to receive the latest news and invitations to our events.
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