Professional teacher education
Welcome to study for becoming a professional teacher!
Studying to become a teacher is rewarding and inspiring, but sometimes it can also be challenging and hard work. In all groups, you will study both alone and with others.
Collaborative learning is one of the cornerstones of our understanding of education. You study together with your group, learning from each other.
The extent of your studies is 60 credits. This means that over the course of a year, you will dedicate approximately 1600 hours to your studies. If your group’s mode of implementation is blended learning, there will be about 130 hours allocated for face-to-face study. The majority of our students study while working, and our studies are designed with this in mind. If you wish, you can also study full-time with the help of a personal study plan.
Studying requires planning your own time, and time needs to be set aside for studies each week. All our groups have common study time, whether the study takes place online or on campus. As a student, you participate in collective teaching as well as group and remote work, and commit to the group’s study schedule.
All our students study either partially or entirely online. For this purpose, you need to have access to a computer with a camera, a headset with a microphone, and a good internet connection
Starting your studies
Great that you have decided to study with us! To get started, please familiarize yourself with the instructions you received with the admission letter and the tips below:
When you have accepted your study place, register as present for the first academic year according to the instructions you received during the student selection process.
If you continue your studies to the second or third academic year, you must also register as present for the following academic year. Information about registration practices will be provided to continuing students in May-June.
If you do not register as present for the academic year, you will lose your right to study. If you wish to continue your studies, you must apply for the restoration of the right to study. The right to study can be restored if there is still time left in the original right to study. The decision on restoration is made by the Head of Programme. A processing fee of 50 euros will be charged for the application.
If you want to register as an absent student, please read more from below: Right to study
You must activate your student user account before starting of your studies. Please note that you cannot activate your account until you have received an email.
Attention! We do not send usernames by email.
Problems with account activation?
Contact HAMK IT Services either by email: email@example.com or by phone: Tel. +358 3 646 3000. We serve students by phone on weekdays from 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM.
You can find all IT services and instructions compiled here
You can log in to the various HAMK services with a username in the form firstname.lastname@example.org. Some services also use a username in the form of first name12345. To log in to Google cloud services, use an email address, which is usually email@example.com.
Problems with logging?
Contact HAMK IT Services either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: Tel. +358 3 646 3000. We serve students by phone on weekdays from 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM.
You can find all IT services and instructions compiled here
The Student IT Services page includes tips for online studying and instructions on using tools.
If you wish, you can complete Startet Kit of Digital Skills -course, which helps you familiarize yourself with the electronic tools, devices, environments, and procedures needed in your your studies. Completing the Digistart -course is not a mandatory part of your studies; its purpose is to support you in starting your studies in the online environment. Therefore, you decide whether to take advantage of the package or not.
Take control of the student desktop in Pakki from the start of your studies. The app has a wide range of tools to help you track your progress and update your own information, among other things. Login with your HAMK username and password. You can use the Pakki on your computer browser or on your mobile device.
- check and update your changed contact details (link to help video)
- see the timetable for your group (link to the guide)
- browse your grades
- apply for accreditation of your prior learning (credit transfer) and accreditation of work experience (skills demonstration) via the RPL tool
- create digitally signed documents (for example transcript of records)
- download graduation certificate for 28 days from the graduation day
- answer the module feedback questionnaire (Spark feedback service)
- Note! A teacher student doesn’t have to register for courses through the Pakki service. Professional Teacher Education registrations are handled by Student Services.
The curriculum and study guide will be updated for the academic year 2024-2025! The study guide for the year 2024-2025 will be published in the spring of 2024.
In the study guide below, you can find the curriculum for the academic year 2023-2024, the main principles of studies, and the implementation plan for each study group with their schedules
Your Study Group
Here you will find information about the working methods and studying days of your study group
- The programme is recommended for individuals from Finland and abroad, who wish to complete their professional teacher education in English. The programme in English gives the same teacher qualification as the programme in Finnish.
- Students will be ranked and selected based on their application scores regardless of their fields of education.
- The aim of this programme is to provide the teacher students with the knowledge and competencies to teach and work in international learning environments. An additional goal is to develop teacher students’ capacity to guide culturally diverse student groups.
- The teaching language of the programme is English. The applicant’s English language level must be IELTS 6/CEFR B2 plus.
- Studying in an online programme requires an active internet connection, good IT skills and sufficient technical equipment.
- The programme includes online meetings (approximately 16–20 days). Online meetings start at 9.00 am and end at 4.00 pm. (Finnish time).
- The programme includes lectures, group work and independent study. It also includes practical teacher training. Learning together is an essential part of the studies.
- The studies begin as follows:
- For students who have not previously completed Basic Studies in Educational Sciences, the studies will start on May 2-3, 2024. The first meetings will be held online from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Finnish time). The duration of the studies is 13 months, and the scope is 60 ECTS credits. Students will have to study during the summer too.
- For students who have previously completed Basic Studies in Educational Sciences, the studies will start on August 13, 2024. The first meeting will be held online from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Finnish time). The duration of the studies is 10 months, and the scope is 48 ECTS credits.
- The programme ends on the 6th of June 2025.
Important Information about Your Studies
Here you will find important information related to your studies:
If you have competence that corresponds to the competence objectives of the courses, you can apply for the recognition of prior learning (RPL). This way, you don’t have to re-learn the same thing you already know and have the opportunity to progress your studies faster than the group programme. In professional teacher education studies, recognition of prior learning can be applied for either through credit transfer or skills demonstrations.
Both types of application can be made electronically using the app available in the student’s Pakki desktop.
Instructions for the RPL application
Credit transfer is where prior studies are used to directly credit the courses that are part of the teacher education. For example, basic studies in educational sciences and adult pedagogy completed earlier at the university (25 ECTS or 15 credit units) equate to a credit transfer of 13 credits for the basic studies in educational sciences in teacher education.
If you have submitted the transcript of completed basic studies in educational sciences when applying to our programme, you do not need to apply for transfer of credits. The credit transfer is approved for you automatically.
If you have completed only part of these studies prior to your admission, contact the guidance counsellor. Please also note that having completed basic studies in special pedagogy (25 credits or 15 credit units) does not qualify you for a credit transfer for basic studies in educational sciences (13 credits). You can enquire about other opportunities for credit transfer from your guidance counsellor.
Principles of credit transfer
- To receive a credit transfer, you must make an eRPL application (but see the above note on basic studies in educational sciences).
- The prior studies must correspond to the content and scope of the teacher education course for which the credit transfer is sought.
- The prior studies must be higher education level studies.
- The prior studies must have been completed in the last five years, calculated from the start year of your teacher education studies. The exception to this rule is basic studies in educational sciences, for which there is no such time limit (25 credits or 15 credit units).
- Credit transfer is only granted for entire courses.
- Credit transfer can be granted for the ‘Studies enhancing the Teacher’s Competence’ (6 credits) on the basis on pedagogical studies that deepen and expand the teacher’s competence. The scope of the prior studies must be at least 6 credits. Credit transfer can also be approved for two educations/courses, for example, that have a total scope of at least 6 credits. Credit transfer can be approved with studies completed five years previously if the scope of studies has been at least 25 credits.
- Credit transfer can be granted for the ‘Research, Development and Innovation Skills’ course (6 credits) based on a previous master’s thesis or bachelor’s thesis who’s subject or frame of reference was related to vocational education and training (VET) and which took a pedagogical perspective on the topic.
- No credit transfer can be granted for the ‘Personal Expertise as a Professional Teacher’ course.
Examples of studies eligible for credit transfer of Studies enhancing the Teacher’s Competence: Basic studies in special pedagogy, intermediate studies in pedagogy, studies in university pedagogy, specialisation studies for teachers, training as a competence-based qualification master and training as a driving instructor. Please note: extensive prior training can also be used to obtain credit transfer for other courses, provided that they have equivalent content.
Applications for credit transfer should be directed to Guidance Counsellor Eveliina Grönberg. Where needed, you can also ask her for more information on matters related to credit transfer. The credit transfer application should be submitted no later than two weeks before the start of the course to be accredited.
The starting point for skills demonstrations is competence that a student has obtained through work experience. This competence is assessed in relation to the assessment criteria for the course. The student takes an active role in applying for a skills demonstration, as they must first familiarise themselves with the instructions for skills demonstrations and the assessment criteria for the courses. At the beginning of their studies, they carry out a personal competence survey and also have a development discussion with their tutor teacher. If the outcome of this process is that the student has the competence outlined in the assessment criteria, then fill in the eRPL application and agree with the teacher carrying out the actual skills demonstration. A skills demonstration is assessed as a study attainment. A skills demonstration cannot be used to obtain RPL for the ‘Personal Expertise as a Professional Teacher’ course.
Applications for skills demonstrations should be submitted to the teacher responsible for the course – who as a rule is the group’s tutor teacher. A skills demonstration application must be submitted no less than two weeks before the start of the course in question.
Assessment criteria for courses, prerequisites for skills demonstrations and methods of skills demonstration
Practical teacher training is an important part of your studies. Please read more here:
Graduation is applied for through the student’s desktop (Pakki), the VALO graduation service. You can start the graduation process after you have had a graduation interview with your responsible teacher (in teacher education, the Teacher Growth Sample), all your studies have been completed and your credits have been entered in the Pakk.
The completion process is a two-step process and you should reserve four weeks for the whole process.
The first phase
Choose the date you want to graduate from. Answer the graduation feedback questionnaire and complete the sections of the graduation application. Once you have started filling in the application, you will be notified by the Education Office, where your transcript will be checked by the Education Coordinator. You should allow time for this check, especially in May and June when there are many graduates.
The second phase
After checking your transcript, your application will be sent back to you on the VALO service.
Check the application and send it on for approval and certification. You must do this at least three weeks before your chosen graduation date.
Once your application has been processed and approved, you will receive a confirmation of your graduation by email from HAMK and you can see it on the VALO service.
Downloading the certificate
The electronic certificate and its attachments are sent to the student’s desktop in Pakki (Documents ─ Diploma) on the day of graduation. The certificate can be downloaded for 28 days from the date of graduation. After this period, it is not possible to log in to HAMK’s services that require a login. Please remember to save the electronic certificate for yourself and make a backup copy of it. A printout of the diploma will not be sent separately.
An e-certificate is an official certificate that does not require a separate authentication. It can be sent as an attachment to the authorities or to the employer. Paper copies of the certificate can be printed, but the official certificate is only available in electronic form.
The certificate includes a cover page, a transcript of records and a Certificate Supplement, which is an English-language annex to the certificate for international use. For Finnish-language education, students will receive a certificate in Finnish. For English-language education, the student receives a certificate in both Finnish and English.
If you wish, you can download an electronically signed transcript of records from Pakki before you graduate.
Instructions for the VALO service and the graduation feedback survey
- The VALO preparation service works best in Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Edge browsers.
- VALO works in the language in which you use Pakki. You can change the language of the Pakki if you wish.
- If you have multiple study rights, check in Pakki that you are accessing the VALO service with the correct study right. Click on your name in the top bar of the Pakki to see all your study rights.
- If you cannot log in to the VALO service, you can try logging out of Pakki, closing your browser or changing your browser and logging in again.
Graduation feedback survey on the Webropol website
- works best with Mozilla Firefox or Chrome browsers
- The VALO service redirects you to the completion feedback survey on the Webropol website.
- If you have not completed the graduation feedback survey or have closed your browser before being redirected to the VALO service, please contact Student Services.
In case of problems that you cannot solve with the above advice, you can contact Student Services: email@example.com
Graduation dates for the academic year 2023-2024 and last date for sending the certificate application
If your academic record is missing assessments or your graduation application is sent too late, your graduation will automatically be postponed to the next possible graduation date.
|Last date for sending the certificate application to Student Services
Requests for copies of certificates or retransmission of an electronic certificate
€50 for a paper certified copy of the certificate (certificates issued before 10/2021). Order via HAMK Shop. Delivery time is approximately one week.
The re-transmission of the electronic certificate is free of charge and applies to certificates issued from 10/2021 onwards. To order: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about studying
In case of problems, you can make a service request via the ServiceDesk or by sending an email to IT Services.
You can download digitally signed documents at Student Desktop Pakki
You can order electronically signed documents for yourself from your student’s desktop on Pakki.
- Log in to Pakki with your HAMK username and password.
- Select Documents from the desktop and then New order.
- The list includes all the documents available in digitally signed format.
- Select the right document type, language of the document and Order.
- Select the tab called Documents. The newest document is the first one on the list.
- Just select the document name to download or open it.
- You can either
- open it with your browser,
- open it from the Downloads file on your computer, or
- open it with a default PDF reader on your computer.
- Save the document on your computer and forward it for example attached to an email.
- The recipient may validate the authenticity of the document by following the instructions at the end of the digitally signed document.
If you notice some errors in some of your documents (for example Transcript of Records), please contact our Student Services: email@example.com.
If you need documents for Public employment and business services or an Insurance company, please contact our Student Services.
Ordering copies or re-send of certificates
- Certificates issued before 10/2021: The price to order a copy of the paper certificate is EUR 50. Place the order via HAMK Shop. Delivery takes about a week.
- Certificates issued from 10/2021: We can re-send digitally issued certificates free of charge. Place the order via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Right to study
Studies that progress according to the programme for multiform and online studies are considered to be part-time studies. Part-time students must complete their studies within three years (Act on Universities of Applied Sciences 932/2014). The right-to-study period begins when the student enrolls as present for the first time. A student who has not completed their studies during the period of study loses the right to study.
Right of absence
On the first year, the student can enroll as absent only for the following reasons:
- military, non-military or women’s voluntary military service
- parental leave
- the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury
If a student registers as absent for the first academic year, they must provide an official document to support this absence (for example, a statement from KELA regarding a parental allowance period or a medical certificate regarding pregnancy or a statement regarding daily sickness allowance or a medical certificate or statement regarding entry into a social support service).
A second or third-year student may enroll as absent for a maximum of one (1) year, which is not counted against their study right period. Similarly, absences caused by the above-mentioned reasons 1 or 2 are not deducted from the study right period. To report absences for the entire semester, students must inform Student Services by 10th January for the spring semester and 31st August for the autumn semester.
Enrolment for the academic year
The students will have to enroll as present or absent every year according to the deadlines set by HAMK. Practicalities of this will be advised for students at the beginning of the studies.
Once students have accepted a study place, they register as present for the first academic year in the manner described in the admissions guide. If a student continues studying into 2nd or 3rd academic year, they must also register as present. Continuing students will be informed of the registration process during the spring (May-June).
A student who has not enrolled will lose their right to study. If a student who has lost right to study wants to continue studying, they must apply for the reinstatement of their student status. The student status can be readmitted if the study period (3 years max) is still running. The Head of Degree Programme makes the decision to reinstate the student status. A handling fee of EUR 50 is invoiced from the student. The fee is paid through HAMK Shop.
Studying after the end of the admission group’s programme
If a student does not graduate according to the admission group’s programme, they continue under the guidance of the same tutor teacher until the end of the second year.
The Head of Degree Programme may grant a discretionary extension period to students in order to complete their studies. This extension is dependent on the student submitting a realistic plan for the achievement of this goal. The extension must be requested during the right to study period. An extension may only be granted for a maximum of six months. The application for an extension period is subject to EUR 50 administration fee. The fee is paid through HAMK Shop.
Readmission to complete studies
If, upon conclusion of the right to study period, a student wishes to continue their previously interrupted studies, they may apply for a new right to study. The Head of Degree Programme may, on the basis of an application, grant a former teacher student the right to study so that the student in question can complete their teacher education if no more than one half of the entire scope of the programme is to be completed. A new right to study can be granted for a maximum of one year. Applications for a new right to study are subject to a EUR 50 administration fee. The fee is paid through HAMK Shop.
Teacher education learning assignments use the referencing technology used at HAMK.
Copying content produced by another person and presenting it as your own work is prohibited and will result in the rejection of your coursework. The teacher will check students’ written assignments for plagiarism.
The International Professional Teacher Education programme has no tuition fee.
If you need funds to support yourself while studying Professional Teacher Education, you can apply for adult education allowance from the Employment Fund, support for independent study from the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) or Kela’s financial aid for the vocational teacher education studies. Studying is essentially part-time, but it can be changed to full-time with a personal study plan if the sponsor of the studies requires it. NOTE! Students living abroad are usually not covered by Finnish study support.
More info on the adult education allowance can be found on the Employment Fund website. The allowance requires that the student gains at least 4 ECTS a month. Studying in the 13-month program fulfils the criterion.
More info on the support for independent study can be found on the TE Services website. Receiving this benefit requires gaining at least 5 ECTS a month. Studying according to the group program does not fulfil the criterion, but a personal study plan can be made for the student to shorten the study time.
More info on financial aid for students can be found on the Kela (Social Insurance Institution) website. Receiving this benefit requires gaining at least 5 ECTS a month. Studying according to the group program does not fulfil the criterion, but a personal study plan can be made for the student to shorten the study time.
If you need a personal study plan to meet the criterion for funding, please contact the guidance counsellor.
Study feedback should be given by the student at the end of each module (excluding Practical Teacher Training and Development of Pedagogical Expertise) via HAMK’s feedback system. Students may give feedback seven days before the module ends, at the earliest. The system picks the exact end date from the implementation plan in the Pakki service. The feedback survey opens seven days before the module ends and it stays open for a fortnight after the module end date.
Students may give feedback via the Spark feedback service in Pakki. The feedback service recognises the modules or courses for which the student has been accepted in Pakki. Students can give feedback for each module only once and when the feedback questionnaire is available.
Student instructions for giving feedback on modules
HAMK’s student welfare services are staffed by a student psychologist, a special needs education teacher and a sports planner. Their task is to support and promote student well-being and to implement and develop well-being-enhancing activities throughout the institution.
You can contact a student psychologist if you have problems with studying, stress, coping, time management or motivation, for example. You can talk to the psychologist, take stock of your situation and, if necessary, arrange around 1-5 support, guidance and counselling visits.
The psychologist can refer you to further services if you need to seek treatment or therapy, for example.
The special needs education teacher can be contacted, for example, if there are difficulties with your studies, a decision is needed on the need for individual arrangements, or there is a need to clarify possible learning/reading difficulties. The special needs education teacher can identify reading difficulties using a reading screen and an individual test.
HAMK strives to provide its students with the most comprehensive and high-quality sports opportunities possible. Student and staff sports are coordinated and developed by Hamk Moves. The sports planner can be contacted for all sports-related matters, and feedback and suggestions for improvements are more than welcome.
Sports Services Planner
Students of the School of Professional Teacher Training are not covered by the Student Health Service (YTHS). So if you fall ill, please contact the health services in the area where you live or the occupational health services at your workplace.
Teacher education students can complete studies at the HAMK Open University of Applied Sciences. There is a fee for the student (15 euros/credit point). However, the studies cannot be included in the teacher education programme, but must be completed separately. Students must enrol for the studies through the Open University of Applied Sciences enrolment system, not through the student’s Pakki service.
Studies in a Professional Teacher Education programme may include work with minors and different client groups, which places ethical requirements and the requirements on client safety at the core. Students must be capable, in terms of their state of health and functional capacity, to perform the practical tasks and training related to the studies. The studies and acting in the profession require sufficient physical, mental and social functional capacity. Suitability is evaluated throughout the studies.
A limitation related to the state of health or functional capacity is not an obstacle for admitting the applicant as a student, if the impacts can be removed with reasonable measures, for example with special arrangements. The purpose is not to otherwise unnecessarily impede the access of an applicant to education based on their disability or physical, mental or social limitations. The limitations are applied only in situations where it is clear that the applicant’s state of health or functional capacity may endanger the safety of minors or client safety. (University of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014, sections 26, 27, 33 and 34; Universities of Applied Sciences Decree 1129/2014, section 11. in Finnish)
Obstacles to student selection may include the following:
- a mental illness or a serious mental disorder
- substance or drug addiction, or drug abuse during the past two years
- limitations in the social functional capacity, which impairs working with people
- long-term illness or physical disability, which limits participation in the studies.
During the studies, the University of Applied Sciences may request the student to present an extract from the criminal record, if future learning situations and practical trainings substantially involve working with minors.
The University of Applied Sciences may obligate the student to present a drug test certificate if there is a justified reason to suspect that the student is under the influence of drugs in study-related practical training or that the student has a drug addiction.
Cancellation of admission or revocation of study right
A University of Applied Sciences may cancel conditional admission for the following reasons:
- an applicant fails to submit certificates regarding their state of health and functional capacity by the deadline specified by the University of Applied Sciences; or
- an applicant has provided false information or has left out essential information; or
- it is obvious that the student, in terms of their state of health and functional capacity, does not meet the prerequisites for student admission (Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014, sections 26, 27, 33 and 34; Universities of Applied Sciences Decree 1129/2014, section 11).
The University of Applied Sciences may later revoke the study right in the following cases:
- a student, by repeatedly or seriously endangering the health or safety of another person, has proven to be manifestly unsuitable to perform practical assignments or practical training relating to studies;
- it is obvious that the student, in terms of their state of health and functional capacity, does not meet the prerequisites for student admission set in section 26, subsection 1, of the Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014;
- at the application stage, the student has concealed a decision to revoke the right to study referred to in section 26, subsection 2, which could have prevented their admission as a student. (Please note: If you have cancelled your study place yourself or if your study right has been cancelled for other reasons, such as incorrectly entered grades or missing attachments, you can take part in the application process.); or
- where the studies or practical training relating to studies substantially require work with minors, the University of Applied Sciences may revoke the study right where necessary in order to protect minors or if the student has been sentenced for a crime referred to in the Criminal Code (39/1889), chapter 17, sections 18, 18a or 19, chapter 20, chapter 21, sections 1 to 3 or 6, chapter 31, section 2, or chapter 50, sections 1, 2, 3, 4 or 4a. (Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014, sections 26, 27, 33 and 34; Universities of Applied Sciences Decree 1129/2014, section 11.)
What should you do if you have a limitation related to state of health or functional capacity?
Upon applying in the Studyinfo service you will be asked the following questions:
- Has an educational institution revoked your study right because health or functioning ability issues have impeded your studies or you have endangered other people’s health or safety?
- Are there any such factors in your state of health or ability to function that could be an obstacle to studying in the programme?
If you answer ”yes” to one or both of the questions on the application form and if you receive a study place, the admission is conditional. The University of Applied Sciences processes and evaluates the information regarding the applicant’s state of health and functional capacity in terms of the prerequisites for admission. You may still be admitted to the programme if the obstacle related to your state of health or functional capacity can be removed with reasonable measures.
If you receive a study place, you will receive a request by email to fill in a clarification on your state of health and functional capacity, and to submit a doctor’s certificate and, if necessary, a clarification on the revocation of study right.
You must submit the requested documents with the attachments to the University of Applied Sciences which has made you the conditional offer of a study place. If the clarification you have provided is insufficient, the person processing your case may contact you and ask for additional clarifications. The documents are confidential.
The University of Applied Sciences to which you are conditionally accepted will make the decision regarding state of health and functional capacity.