International Professional Teacher Education - Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu
International Professional Teacher Education
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International Professional Teacher Education

Degree Programme

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

During the teacher education, you will learn to guide the learning of different learners and the use of diverse learning environments in your teaching. You will also learn how to develop your skills in planning and conducting teaching, guidance methods, competence assessment, dialogical skills, working in networks and understanding of different theories and concepts in education sciences.


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WHAT WILL YOU BECOME?

After graduating, you are a teacher who has completed the professional teacher education and training that qualifies for teaching in Finland. You can work as a teacher in vocational education and possibly in the universities of applied sciences. The education is also useful in different staff development tasks in companies and work communities.


APPLICATION PERIOD

  • Application to Professional Teacher Education in 2021
  • Application period begins 5.1.2021
  • Application period ends 21.1.2021, 15.00 Finnish time
  • Documents to online application by 28.1.2021, 15.00 Finnish time
  • Recognitions 23.3.2021
  • Information on admissions 31.3.2021
  • Confirmation of study place 9.4.2021, 15.00 Finnish time
  • Studies begin Autumn 2021
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

DEGREE PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

EDUCATION
Professional teacher education
DURATION (MONTHS)
13 months
EXTENT (CREDITS) 60
LOCATION Online studies
LANGUAGE English
EDUCATION WILL START Autumn 2021

CURRICULA

ASK ABOUT APPLYING AND EDUCATION

  • Jenni Liiti
  • Education Coordinator
  • International Professional Teacher Education

OUR LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION

The School of Professional Teacher Education is located in southern Finland, in Hämeenlinna University Centre.

Dean: Seija Mahlamäki-Kultanen

Postal address: School of Professional Teacher Education, PO Box 230, 13101 Hämeenlinna, Finland

Staff: Visamäentie 35 A, A-building, 2nd floor, Hämeenlinna

Classrooms: Vankanlähde 11, D-building, 2nd floor, Hämeenlinna

Campuses and maps: https://www.hamk.fi/campuses-and-maps/hameenlinna/?lang=en

Staff email: firstname.lastname(at)hamk.fi
opettajakorkeakoulu@hamk.fi
aokk-opintotoimisto@hamk.fi (produces a ticket to HAMK ServiceDesk)

WHY HAMK?

  • We have had the best graduations' figures in the years 2017-2019 (EDUFI's Vipunen statistics). We guide and support our students to reach their goals.
  • The teacher education has given very good foundation for graduates to work as a professional teachers. Students gave grade 4,4 on a scale of 1 to 5. (Student feedback survey 2019-2020).
  • The learning atmosphere is highly positive. Students gave grade 4,5 for learning atmosphere promoting a communal spirit. (Student feedback survey 2019-2020).
  • Applicants apply primarily to our education because of good reputation and recommendations by alumnies. (Student feedback survey from several years).

Why Finland?

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APPLYING AND STUDYING

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.

Professional teacher education is targeted both at those intending to become teachers in Finland and those already working as teachers who have not completed pedagogical studies. The qualification requirements are somewhat ambiguous, as eligibility is determined by the applicant's existing degree and work experience. The reason for this is that professional teacher education is intended both for teachers of professional studies and for general subject teachers (studies that complement vocational skills). Different qualification requirements apply to these two groups of teachers. The major subject/orientation of the degree on which your application is based determines whether you belong to applicants seeking qualification as teachers of vocational subjects or to applicants seeking qualification as teachers of general subjects. In addition, the qualification requirements are not the same for teachers in different vocational fields. In some cases, eligibility is determined by whether or not the applicant is working as a professional teacher.

 

Anyone with the educational qualifications and work experience required for a teaching post at an institute of vocational education or a University of Applied Sciences can apply for a Professional Teacher Education programme (for more information, please see Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014, section 25, English translation available through this link).

 

Work experience required for eligibility means professional, non-teaching work experience from the field of the degree on which the application is based. The education on which the eligibility is based must be completed and the work experience must be acquired by the end of the application period.

Requirements for applicants seeking a qualification as a teacher of vocational subject

Teachers of vocational subjects teach vocational modules in programmes of education leading to a recognized vocational qualification at the upper secondary level of the Finnish education system. According to the regulations, the applicant must have

  • a relevant tertiary level degree completed in a university or University of Applied Sciences and
  • a minimum of three years' work experience in a field corresponding to the content of his/her degree.

Requirements for applicants seeking a qualification as a teacher of vocational subjects in the field of Social Services and Health

  • a relevant Bachelor's degree completed in a University of Applied Sciences and
  • a minimum of five years' professional work experience in a field corresponding to the content of his or her degree is required.

OR

  • a relevant Master's degree completed in a university or University of Applied Sciences and
  • a minimum of three years' works experience in the field corresponding to his or her degree.

Requirements for applicants seeking a qualification as a teacher of general subjects

Teachers of general subjects teach common core modules in programmes of education leading to a recognized vocational qualification at the upper secondary level of the Finnish education system. The requirement for general subject teachers in vocational education is in most cases a relevant Master’s degree. Professional work experience from the field corresponding to the degree is not required.

 

In the student selection process to Professional Teacher Education, applicants who have studied one of the following subjects as the major subject in their Master’s degree can be considered teachers of general subjects:

  • languages
  • philosophy, psychology, theology
  • literature
  • culture research
  • statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry
  • political science, law
  • health education.

In some cases, a relevant tertiary level degree other than a Master’s degree may grant eligibility to apply for Professional Teacher Education (for example, a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, completed either in a university or in a University of Applied Sciences).

Requirements for applicants from the fields of Dance and Circus

Applicants from the fields of dance or circus may enter a tertiary level degree or three years of relevant studies as the degree on which the application is based. They also are required to have artistic or other professional experience from the field. In the application process to Professional Teacher Education, three years of professional work experience in the field is considered to correspond to this requirement.

Requirements for applicants applying without a degree from a university or University of Applied Sciences

In some cases, qualifications other than a relevant tertiary level degree may grant eligibility, if the applicant is already working in Finland as a teacher of vocational subjects on an officially recognized programme of vocational study in vocational education during the application period to Professional Teacher Education. In these cases, further clarification is required of the educational institution on a separate form (Further clarification by the educational institution), in addition to the certificate copies, for the evaluation of the applicant's eligibility. If the teacher of vocational subjects applies without a degree from a university or University of Applied Sciences, he or she must have a minimum of five years' professional work experience in a field corresponding in content to the teaching duties assigned to him or her. The requirement for an applicable Master’s level university degree or applicable degree from a University of Applied Sciences cannot be disregarded in cases where the applicant is applying with a degree from the field of Social services and health.

Applying with a degree completed outside Finland

A decision by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) or the Finnish Ministry of Education on the recognition of the level of the degree as equivalent to a tertiary level degree completed in Finland must be attached to the application in the following cases:

  • You have completed the degree on which your eligibility is based outside the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland).
  • You have completed your tertiary level degree outside Finland in another Nordic country and
    • the degree belongs to the field of social services and health, and/or
    • based on the degree, you are seeking qualification as a so-called general subject teacher, and/or
    • the degree is less than three years in scope, and/or
    • you are not a citizen of any of the Nordic countries.

 

EDUFI is responsible for decisions regarding the eligibility conferred by foreign qualifications for positions, which in Finland require specific education or a university/University of Applied Sciences degree of a certain level (Act 1385/2015). A certain level of education is required e.g. for teaching positions.

 

Without the decision on recognition, the application will not be considered. The average processing time for applications is three months. Notice that the decision on recognition is subject to a charge. Please see the details of costs from the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education.

 

Recognition and international comparability of qualifications (EDUFI)

Admission criteria

The selection procedure is based on national selection criteria agreed on and used by all five Professional Teacher Education institutions in Finland. There is no entrance examination.

Selection procedure

Applicants are admitted to the programme in the rank order of their total admission points within each admission group. Admission groups are based on fields of education (programme in Finnish) and separate admission groups. International Professional Teacher Education programme is separate admission group and the final selection will be based solely on the applicants´ admission point scores.

 

Your application will be processed by the University of Applied Sciences, which you have entered as your first preference on your application. First, your eligibility will be checked. Matters which affect your eligibility will not be considered under the admission point scoring system. If you are found eligible, your application will be evaluated based on the admission point scoring system. Points are awarded in every Professional Teacher Education institution according to the admission criteria of 2021 agreed on by the institutions. Education completed and teaching experience acquired by the end of the application period, that is by 21 January 2021, can be considered.

Criteria in the admission point scoring system

Other completed degrees

Degrees completed in addition to the degree required for eligibility; max. 2 degrees

Completed degree

Admission points

No other degrees held in addition to the degree required for eligibility 0 points
1 completed degree 4 points
2 completed degrees 8 points

Basic studies in educational sciences

Basic studies in educational sciences

Admission points
Not completed 0 points
Completed 10 points

Further education

Studies completed since 1 January 2013 can be considered; each individual course of education has to be at least 1 ECTS, 1 competence point, 0,5 credit units or 27 hours in extent

Sum of completed credits

Admission points

less than 2 ECTS 0 points
2 to 5 ECTS 0,5 points
6 to 9 ECTS 1 point
10 to 13 ECTS 1,5 points
14 to 17 ECTS 2 points
18 to 21 ECTS 2,5 points
22 to 25 ECTS 3 points
26 to 29 ECTS 3,5 points
30 ECTS or more 4 points

Teaching experience from official educational institutions

Part-time teaching can be converted into full-time teaching

Experience in months

Admission points

less than 2 months 0 points
2 to 5 months 1 point
over 5 to 10 months 2 points
over 10 to 15 months 3 points
over 15 to 20 months 4 points
over 20 months 5 points

Teaching experience from vocational education since 1 January 2019

At least 5 months of teaching experience from a vocational upper secondary school and/or a University of Applied Sciences

Experience in months

Admission points

Less than 5 months or no teaching experience from vocational upper secondary schools and/or Universities of Applied Sciences since 1 January 2019 0 points
At least 5 months of teaching experience from vocational upper secondary schools and/or Universities of Applied Sciences since 1 January 2019 10 points

 

Before filling in the application, please acquaint yourself with essential information these following documents contain:

Admission criteria 2021 (doc)

Admission criteria in short 2021 (doc)

Required attachments 2021 (doc)

Classification of the fields of education and specific teaching areas

In the student selection process to Professional Teacher Education, the fields of education follow the national classification of education 2016 by Statistics Finland where applicable. The national classification of education 2016 is based on UNESCO’s International Standard Classification of Education 2011 (ISCED 2011). The fields of education and specific teaching areas are used in the selection process when determining the applicant’s eligibility.

 

The applicant’s allocation to an admission group is determined on the basis of the degree on which the eligibility is based. Student selection is carried out in rank order from admission groups based on the fields of education and from separate admission groups.

 

International Professional Teacher Education programme is separate admission group and the final selection will be based solely on the applicants´ admission point scores.

 

Education

Education science

Humanities

Religion and theology
History, archaeology and culture research
Philosophy and ethics
Languages, sign language and interpreting
Literature and linguistics

Arts

Audio-visual techniques and media production
Fashion, interior and industrial design
Fine arts
Handicrafts
Music and performing arts
Other arts

Social sciences and journalism

Economics
Political sciences, civics and administration
Psychology
Sociology
Journalism and reporting
Library, information and archival studies

Business and law

Business
Law

Natural sciences

Biological and related sciences
Environmental sciences
Natural environments and wildlife
Chemistry
Earth sciences
Physics
Mathematics Statistics

Information and communication technologies (ICT)

Computer science
ICT technologies (engineering)

Engineering, manufacturing and construction

Chemical engineering and processes
Environmental protection technology
Electricity, energy, mechanical and process engineering
Electronics and automation
Mechanics and metal trades
Motor vehicles, ships and aircraft
Food processing
Materials (glass, paper, plastic and wood)
Textiles (clothes, footwear and leather)
Architecture and town planning
Building and civil engineering

Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary

Crop and livestock production and animal care
Horticulture
Forestry
Fisheries
Veterinary

Social services, health and welfare

Care of the elderly and of the disabled Childcare and youth services
Social work and counselling
Dental care
Medicine
Nursing and midwifery
Medical diagnostic and treatment technology
Therapy and rehabilitation
Pharmacy
Health science
Youth work and civic activities

Personal services

Domestic and cleaning services
Hair and beauty services
Hotel, restaurant and catering
Sports
Travel and tourism

Security and transport services

Military and defence
Protection of persons and property
Transport services

Fill the online application in Studyinfo.fi. The application form is only available during the application periods. You do not need a user ID to fill in the application form.

The applicant must verify his/her qualifications and matters that affect the selection process with certificates.

Please note that when you fill in the application form, you need details from your degree, training and work certificates. Therefore, it is good to familiarise yourself with the admission point system before you fill in the application.

Schedule

The next application period is 5. - 21.1.2021.

  • Application period begins 5 January 2021
  • Application period ends 21 January 2021, at 15.00 (Finnish time)
  • Attachments by 28 January 2021, at 15.00 (Finnish time)
  • Recognitions by 23 March 2021
  • Results of the student selection on 31 March 2021
  • Confirmation of study place by 9 April 2021
  • Studies begin in Autumn 2021

The required documents must be attached to the online application to the applicants´ first-choice Professional Teacher Education institution by 28 January 2021, at 15.00 (Finnish time).

After you have submitted the application, you will receive a confirmation email. The message will contain a link with which you can modify your application, e.g. change the order of preference of your study options during the application period. You can also add or delete attachments until 28 January 2021, at 15.00 (Finnish time).

More information about applying below:

Recognition of non-Finnish degree

A decision by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) or the Finnish Ministry of Education on the recognition of the level of the degree as equivalent to a tertiary level degree completed in Finland must be attached to the application in the following cases:

  • You have completed the degree on which your eligibility is based outside the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland).
  • You have completed your tertiary level degree outside Finland in another Nordic country and
    • the degree belongs to the field of social services and health, and/or
    • based on the degree, you are seeking qualification as a so-called general subject teacher, and/or
    • the degree is less than three years in scope, and/or
    • you are not a citizen of any of the Nordic countries.

EDUFI is responsible for decisions regarding the eligibility conferred by foreign qualifications for positions, which in Finland require specific education or a university/University of Applied Sciences degree of a certain level (Act 1385/2015). A certain level of education is required e.g. for teaching positions.

Without the decision on recognition, the application will not be considered.

The average processing time for applications is three months. Notice that the decision on recognition is subject to a charge. Please see the details of costs from the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Language requirement

The teaching language of the programme is English. The applicant’s English language level must be B2 (CEFR)/6 (IELTS) or higher. The applicants can self-evaluate their language proficiency by using the European Language Level – Self Assessment Grid or through Finnbrit site.

Instruction on studyinfo.fi

  • Write HAMK Professional Teacher Education in the search field.
  • Click the link and you will see the Fill in application button.
  • Open the application form and fill in all the required fields.
  • Attach documents to the online application as PDF-, JPG- or PNG-files.
  • Remember to save the application.
  • After you have submitted the application, you will receive a confirmation email. The message will contain a link with which you can modify your application.

Results of the selection and confirmation of study place

The results of the student selection process will be published on 31 March 2021 at the earliest in the My Studyinfo service at www.studyinfo.fi. Applicants will also be notified of the results by email. When you log in My Studyinfo service, you need Finnish online banking credentials, mobile certificate or a microchip identity card.

Each student who is offered a study place must confirm his/her study place by the due date by using the My Studyinfo service (www.studyinfo.fi). When you log in My Studyinfo service, you need Finnish online banking credentials, mobile certificate or a microchip identity card. If you are unable to confirm the study place in the service, you must confirm the study place in writing (e.g. by email) by deadline. If this is not done, the offer of a study place will automatically be withdrawn.

All eligible applicants who have not been offered a study place in either of the programmes which they entered in the application form, will be placed on a waiting list to both programmes. Supplementary selections will take place if vacancies arise due to approved candidates rejecting the offer of a study place. If a study place becomes available, the Professional Teacher Education institution will contact the applicant at the top of the waiting list.

Immigration information

Good to know

All matters relating to immigration in Finland are administered through Finnish Immigration Service (Maahanmuuttovirasto). Please visit their website at www.migri.fi. The website provides immigration information in many different languages, processing times in days for student residence permits, appeal procedures, a flowchart for residence permit process with Finnish diplomatic missions abroad, and information about other immigration matters.

Student residence permits and visas

Starting studies in Finland – Do I need a Visa or Residence permit?

First thing to do is to find out if you need a visa or a residence permit for entering Finland.

Please check the updated information from Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) websites: https://migri.fi/en/studying-in-finland

Obtaining a student visa is not a matter of course for multiform education.

Prerequisites for health and functional capacity for students of professional teacher education

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.)

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 his or her 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 his or her 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 his or her 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 his or her 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 certificate by a healthcare professional 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.

Additional information on applying

The application must be submitted by 21 January 2021 at 15.00 (EET). In addition to submitting the online application, the applicant must verify his or her qualifications and matters that affect the selection with certificates. The required certificates must be attached to the online application or submitted to the applicant’s first-choice Professional Teacher Education institution by 28 January 2021 at 15.00 (EET). See detailed information in the admission criteria and in the list of required attachments.

After you have submitted the online application, you will receive a confirmation email. The message will contain a link with which you can modify your application during the application period (5 January to 21 January 2021 at 15.00 (EET)). If you are unable to make the changes yourself, please contact the Admission Services of your first-choice Professional Teacher Education institution.

You can also use a service called My Studyinfo to modify your application during the application period, view the results of the student selection after they have been published and confirm an offer of study place. My Studyinfo can be accessed with secure authentication (Finnish internet banking codes, Finnish electronic ID card or mobile certificate).

Newest versions of the most commonly used browsers are recommended when using Studyinfo (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge). The use of cookies and JavaScript must be enabled.

The information you give on the application will be stored in the student admissions register (Act 884/2017).

Applicant statistics

Applicants of the International Professional Teacher Education programme 2018-2020

Applicants

Number of applicants

Applicants in 2018 45
Applicants in 2019 62
Applicants in 2020 72

Lowets admission points to International Professional Teacher Education programme 2018-2020

Year

Lowets points

Year 2018 8 points
Year 2019 10 points
Year 2020 8 points

Sources: Studyinfo 2018-2020

Frequently asked questions

Questions about eligibility

I am a nurse. Can I apply to Professional Teacher Education?

If you have completed a Bachelor's degree in a University of Applied Sciences the field of Social Services and Health Care and you have at least five years' work experience corresponding to the content of your degree, you are eligible. If you have completed a Master’s degree in the field of Social Services and Health Care, three years' work experience corresponding to the degree is enough.

I have a college level degree. Am I eligible for this education?

Unfortunately college level degree does not give eligibility for vocational teacher education. Only relevant tertiary higher education degrees give eligibility.

In some cases, qualifications other than a relevant tertiary higher education degree may grant eligibility, if the applicant is already working in Finland as a teacher of vocational subjects on an officially recognized programme of vocational study in vocational education.

How do I know do I need three or five years of work experience or not at all for eligibility?

This depends on your degree from university or University of Applied Sciences. Please, get acquainted with eligibility.

I will complete my degree in the spring before the studies begin. Am I eligible?

Unfortunately you are not eligible. The entry requirements regarding both education and work experience must be met by the end of the application period.

Must the work experience be continuous, or would summer jobs and weekend work be included, for example?

The work experience does not need to be continuous. The following formula will be applied to calculate part-time and short-term employment: 7 hours is 1 day, 21 days is 1 month, 11 months is 1 year. The employment certificates must show the numbers of hours you have completed and the time periods during which you have worked.

Will work that I did while I was a student be included in my work experience?

Yes, excluding a work placement that is part of the degree granting you eligibility.

How do I add up my working time as a teacher if I have been teaching for a few hours a month over a couple of years?

Part-time teaching experience will be converted into full-time teaching experience. 64 hours of part-time teaching experience equals to one month of full-time teaching experience.

Does the work experience have to be accumulated after completion of the degree?

No, it does not.

Questions about admission points

Can I be admitted if I do not have teaching experience and I am not working as a teacher during the application period?

Yes, you can. You get additional points for teaching experience but these points will only be part of the total score and the selection will be based on the total score.

Why do I not get points for the matriculation examination?

Points are only awarded for vocational qualifications and higher education degrees since we educate teachers specifically for vocational institutions.

Questions about applying

How does the selected mode of study affect student admissions?

The mode of study does not affect the student selections since new students are selected from admission groups that are specific to each field of education. However, there may be separate admission groups (e.g. English admission groups) to which new students are selected only from applicants who have applied to the study mode in question.

What can I do if I’m not able to scan my certificates to complete the application?

If you are unable to scan your certificates, please send copies of the certificates to your first-choice Professional Teacher Education institution by traditional mail by the due time. Please make sure there is also attached the name of the education which you are applying for, your name and your admission number.

I realized afterwards that I need to add something to my application. Am I able to edit my application?

It is possible to make changes to the application during the application period. After you have submitted the application, you will receive a confirmation email. The message will contain a link with which you can modify your application. You can also add or delete attachment within other deadline.

Questions about studies

Finnish is not my native language. Can I still apply for Professional Teacher Education?

You can apply for Professional Teacher Education even if your native language is not Finnish. However, your Finnish language skills must be adequate for you to study in Finnish, or you must have adequate English language skills to be able to study in an English-speaking group.

How much does the education cost?

The education is funded by the government and is thus free for the student. We charge students a web and materials fee. The fee for Professional Teacher Education students is 110 €. Students are responsible for any travel, meal and learning material costs themselves.

Questions about selection

I was admitted to Professional Teacher Education institution of my secondary choice. Can I wait for a cancellation place to Professional Teacher Education institution of my first choice?

Unfortunately not. Only an applicant who has not been admitted to any Professional Teacher Education institution can be selected in case there is a cancellation.

I was not admitted. Do I have to contact Professional Teacher Education institution myself and ask about cancellation places?

No, you don’t. Professional Teacher Education institution will contact the applicant at the top of the waiting list.

Professional teacher education can be completed as online studies alongside work. Full-time studying is also possible with help of a personal study plan.

 

If the applicant chooses for example HAMK’s programme in English (International Professional Teacher Education), which forms a separate admission group, he/she will compete for a study place only with other applicants who have chosen this study mode, and the field of education will not affect the selection.

 

Study group 2021-2022

International Professional Teacher Education online programme 13 months (separate admission group)

  • Programme is recommended for individuals from Finland or abroad, who wish to complete their professional teacher education in English or who do not have the required skills in the Finnish language to qualify for similar programmes conducted in Finnish.
  • 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.
  • Teaching language of the programme is English. The applicant’s English language level must be IELTS 6/ CEFR B2 plus. The applicant may be interviewed in order to determine language proficiency or be required to present a formal language certificate.
  • Studying in online programme requires good IT skills and sufficient technical equipment.
  • Online programme includes online meetings with lecturers, group work and independent study. The programme includes also practical teacher training.
  • Programme begins in 19th-20th of August 2021 and ends in 30th of September 2022.
  • The group can be chosen by both the applicants who have completed Basic studies in educational sciences and also by the applicants who have not.
  • Students will be ranked and selected based on their application score regardless of their fields of education.

Studying

Students in the study group will study both on their own and together with others. Communal learning is one of the cornerstones of our learning concept. The study group will also study online (the Moodle learning environment) during the distance learning periods. The extent of the teacher education is 60 credits, which means calculated at 1 600 hours of work by the student. In addition to contact days, time for distance learning and commitment to the study curriculum of the group are also required.

 

The study guide contains the curriculum of the education, the main principles of the studies and the implementation plan of the study group:

Study Guide 2020-2021 (pdf)

The degree regulations contain instruction for the entire HAMK, e.g. the right to study, the completion of studies and a safe study environment:

Degree regulations of HAMK (pdf)

 

More information:

Activating user ID

Activate your user ID well before you start your studies. You will receive an email once your student ID has been created. This ID gives you access to all HAMK’s student systems.

You may activate your student ID at patu.hamk.fi with Finnish banking codes, a mobile ID or an ID card. If you don’t have a Finnish mobile ID, ID card or banking codes, you may activate the ID through self-service (without strong identification).

More information, go to Information for new students page

Practical teacher training

The practical teacher training is worth 9 credit points as part of the professional teacher education programme. Upon completion of the practical teacher training, the teacher student will be expected to be able to plan and deliver teaching and to evaluate students’ work and their development. In addition, the teacher student should be familiar with the premises of teaching work and know how to act in a vocational education environment.

 

The practical teacher training begins in spring or autumn, when the teacher students become acquainted with the learning environment in which their placement will take place. The teacher students will also become familiar with the standards, regulations, and guidelines guiding professional training, sources of funding for vocational training, and the working practices of professional teachers.

 

During the practical teacher training, and in addition to other study activities, a teaching module worth approximately 3 credits will be planned and then taught to the professional student group. The number of contact teaching hours can vary by institute and the training may also include other activities than classroom teaching, such as distance guidance, online teaching, cooperation with business and industry, and guidance for on-the-job learning. The practical teacher training is usually scheduled for the second semester. The placement involves teaching and guidance of learning in a variety of professional learning environments, as well as student assessment.

 

The practical teacher training takes place in a professional training setting, such as a professional educational institution, adult educational centre or a university of applied sciences. The teaching should primarily be part of the training for a particular certification or qualification.

 

During the practical teacher training, the teacher student will be supervised by the student’s tutor lecturer and a supervising teacher from the placement organisation.

 

As part of the practical teacher training, an agreement is made with the placement organisation and includes arrangements for the supervising teacher. A written plan is also made for the placement. A form is provided for this purpose. Towards the end of the placement period, a joint review meeting will be held with the supervising teacher. Supervising teachers may submit invoices for their work once this evaluation is complete. The supervising teacher is paid EUR 295 for supervising the teacher training.

 

Contracts/agreements and assessment documentation can be sent electronically to: aokk-opintotoimisto@hamk.fi

 

Practical teacher training documents

Practical teacher training agreement (.doc)

Evaluation form (.doc)

Supervision fee invoice

The supervision fee invoice is filled in and sent electronically via HAMK's fee invoice service. When logging in to the service, username and password are required. Service is only available in Finnish. The ID's will be sent to the supervising teacher by e-mail after the practical teacher training agreement has been concluded.

Pakki Instructions

Pakki – Student desktop

Learn to use Pakki student desktop right from the start. Pakki includes versatile tools that help you follow your progress and update your personal information. In Pakki you may:

  • see the timetables;
  • browse your grades;
  • create digitally signed documents (e.g. transcript of records)
  • apply for accreditation of your prior learning (credit transfer) and accreditation of work experience (skills demonstration) via the RPL tool;

Pakki login

  1. Open a browser and write https://pakki.hamk.fi. We recommend that you use the latest versions of Safari, Chrome or Firefox.
  2. Log into Pakki with your student id and password (HAMK id and password).
  3. Change the language to English from the upper right corner.

Pakki video tutorials: My profile
In this tutorial, we will go through the editing of the student’s personal data and profile. The video includes instructions on how to add your profile picture. Please note that the image should be in the png or jpg format and it should not exceed 300 kb or 640×630 pixels.

 

Digitally signed documents

  1. Log into Pakki with your HAMK id and password.
  2. Select Documents from the desktop and New order.
  3. The list includes all the documents available in digitally signed format.
  4. Select the right document type, language of the document and Order.
  5. Select the tab called Documents. The newest document is the first one on the list.
  6. Just select the document name to download or open it.
  7. You can either
    • open it with your browser or
    • open it from the Downloads file in your computer or
    • open it with a default PDF reader on your computer.
  8. Save the document on your computer and forward it e.g. attached to an email.
  9. 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 (e.g. Transcript of Records), please contact: aokk-opintotoimisto@hamk.fi

Timetable of the study group

Instructions for Timetable engine (pdf)

Recognition and accreditation of prior learning

There are two different kind of recognition and accreditation of prior learning processes among the professional teacher education: Credit transfer and Skills demonstration.

 

If you have previous studies, which correspond to the content, learning objectives and the scope of the studies in the professional teacher education program, you can apply credit transfer based on the certificates. The previous studies must have been completed within the five years preceding the start of the teacher education studies (except in the case of Basic studies in educational sciences).

 

Evaluation of skills demonstration means that you can also show your competence by certain process. For example, if you have already worked for some time as a vocational teacher and gained specific expertise, you can make self-evaluation based on the competence objectives and evaluation categories and criteria of the teacher education studies. The skills demonstration process always consists of self-evaluation, documentation, demonstration and discussions.

 

You will get more detailed information of recognition and accreditation of prior learning at the beginning of the programme.

RPL Instructions (.pdf)

Web materials fee

The Professional Teacher Education programme doesn’t include tuition fees. Instead, we will collect a Web materials fee which will cover all the study materials (e.g. digital and copying service) distributed during the studies. With the help of this charge we will develop and maintain our websites and services. The amount of the charge is 110 euros.

 

Information for payment

Recipient: Häme University of Applied Sciences Ltd
IBAN: FI58 1732 3000 0090 57
BIC code: NDEAFIHH
Amount: 110 €
The due date: 31 October 2020
Invoice reference: Professional Teacher Education web materials fee / students’ name

 

The fee can also be payed to the library of Hämeenlinna University Centre.

If your institution / other employer pays your fee, please send the billing information to the Student Affairs Office: aokk-opintotoimisto@hamk.fi.

 

The reference should mention the name of the student in order to avoid any objection after the due date. Unpaid invoices will be transferred to the collection agency after one remark.

Student Wellbeing

To support students’ wellbeing, HAMK offers the services of a special needs teacher, student counselling psychologist and coordinator of sport services. They work in all HAMK’s campuses in cooperation with tutor teachers, study counsellors, nurses, pastors and everyone connected to student services.

 

Contact student counselling psychologist if you have difficulties e.g. with coping, stress or motivation on your studies. Or you need tips on your time management or self efficacy. Psychologist can provide individual conversation support and guidance on 1-5 appointments. If you need psychological health care or therapy, you should contact health care services.
Psychologist Maija Partanen, tel. +35850 4063 124, maija.partanen@hamk.fi

 

The special needs teacher works as a contact person for equality in studies. He is also responsible for organising special arrangements for students who need support in studying. Special arrangements are also available for people who apply to study at HAMK in their entrance examination.
Special need teacher Samu Toivonen, tel. +35850 5776 312, samu.toivonen@hamk.fi

 

Coordinator of sport services can be contacted regarding anything related to HAMK sports. The coordinator can give guidance to different activities or even create a training programme for you.
Coordinator of sport services Jari Virtanen, tel. +35840 7355 653, jari.virtanen@hamk.fi

 

NB! Students of the professional teacher education are not entitled to student health care services. If you fall ill, please contact the municipal health care services in your area or your occupational health care.

More information on student wellbeing pages

Funding for studies

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 be full-time with a personal study plan if the sponsor of the studies requires it.

 

More info on the adult education allowance can be found from the Employment Fund website. The allowance requires that the student gains at least 4 ECTS a month (starting 1.8.2020). Studying in the 16 months program does not fulfill the criterion but a personal study plan can be made for the student to shorten the study time.

 

More info on the support for independent study can be found from the TE Services website. Receiving this benefit requires gaining at least 5 ECTS a month. Studying according to the group program does not fulfill the criterion, but a personal study plan can be made for the student to shorten the study time.

 

More info on the financial aid for students can be found from 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 fulfill the criterion, but a personal study plan can be made for the student to shorten the study time.

 

If you have a need for a personal study plan, please contact guidance counsellor. In practice shortening studies usually means that one theme is completed with a different schedule and implementation than what was originally planned for the group program. In addition, the theme of Practical Teacher Training in an Educational Institution and the theme of Skills in Research, Development and Innovation Activities must be completed well in advance.

Graduation

CLICK HERE: The Certificate Application (log in, works best with Firefox and Chrome web browser)

 

Nb! If you are logged on to a workplace network (other than HAMK), choose a private window from your browser. It is usually found in the top right corner of the browser, behind the three-point or wheel icon called New incognito window or New InPrivate window, IE on Safety -> InPrivate Browsing. After selecting this, navigate to this page and the application form, then log in with the HAMK IDs.

Graduation involves a certificate application process. Students must complete and submit an electronic certificate application at least three weeks before the date of graduation. If a student does not participate in the graduation ceremony for his/her admission group, the certificate will be sent to him/her as a registered letter on the next weekday.

Graduates who have completed teacher education in English will receive their certificate in English and an unsigned Finnish translation of the certificate. The graduates will also receive a Finnish-language and an English-language transcription of their study record and a Certificate Supplement.

 

NB! If you want your certificate to be sent abroad, the certificate will be sent by using EMS courier service. The fee is 35 euros. Certificates are delivered only after we have received the receipt of the payment. Receipt can be sent by post (see address below) or by email: aokk-opintotoimisto@hamk.fi.

Information for payment:

Recipient: ​​Häme​ University of Applied Sciences
BANK: Nordea Bank Finland Plc
SWIFT (BIC) code: NDEAFIHH
IBAN: FI58 1732 3000 0090 57​
Message: certificate (EMS)

 

Graduation schedule in academic year 2020-2021

Graduation day:

Certificate application at the latest:

30.9.2020 9.9.2020
30.10.2020 9.10.2020
27.11.2020 (graduation ceremony) 6.11.2020
31.12.2020 10.12.2020
29.1.2021 8.1.2021
26.2.2021 5.2.2021
31.3.2021 10.3.2021
30.4.2021 9.4.2021
4.6.2021 (graduation ceremony 5.6.) 14.5.2021

 

General study practices

Student ID card

Students at the School of Professional Teacher Education receive an unofficial ID card from the unit. With the card teacher students lunch will cost 5,37 € at HAMK's student restaurant. The card can also give discounts at some theaters, sport events, concerts, etc. It does not entitle the holder to discounts on public transport.

 

Enrolling 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 adviced 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, he/she must also register as present. Continuing students will be informed of the registration process during the summer.

A student who has not enrolled will lose his/her right to study. If a student who has lost his/her right to study wants to continue studying, he/she 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 the degree programme makes the decision to reinstate the student status. If the decision is positive, the student status can be restored beginning from the start of next month. A handling fee of 50 euros is invoiced from the student.

 

Registering for courses

Students are taken to the student affairs office at the start of each course to register. This means that students don’t need to register for courses in the Pakki system themselves.

 

Student ID

Students at the School of Professional Teacher Education will receive a personal user ID, with which he/she can log in to HAMK computers and many different systems. Activation: https://patu.hamk.fi/frontpage?lang=en
A new password can also be requested via the Patu service.

 

Study certificates

Student affairs office will provide official study certificates if needed. Please contact: aokk-opintotoimisto@hamk.fi. Students are also able to print official study certificates from Pakki system. Please read more from Pakki Instructions.

 

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 his/her 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:

  1. military, non-military or women’s voluntary military service
  2. maternity, paternity or parental leave
  3. the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury

A second or third year student may enroll as absent for a maximum of one (1) year and this is not counted against their study right period. Similarly absences caused by above-mentioned reasons 1 or 2 are not deducted from the study right period.

If a student registers as absent for the first academic year, he/she must provide an official document to support this absence (for example, a statement from KELA regarding maternity or paternity leave OR 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). If a student is unable to provide one of the aforementioned certificates, he/she should register as present for the academic year in question.

Any absences during studies are negotiated with the tutor lecturer and guidance counsellor and recorded on the student's ePSP.

 

Studying after the end of the admission group's programme

If a student does not graduate according to the admission group's programme, he/she continues under the guidance of the same tutor lecturer until the end of the second year.

 

Discretionary extension of study right

Application for extension of study right (pdf)

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.

 

New period of right to study

Application for study right (pdf)

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 his/her 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.

 

Referencing

Professional Teacher Education assignments use the reference technology used by the University of Applied Sciences: HAMK UAS Referencing-guide (.pdf)

 

Plagiarism

It is forbidden to copy documents made by another person and to present them as one’s own. If a student is found to have done so, the assignment in question will be failed. Teachers check all students' written course assignments for plagiarism.

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