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 2019
  • 8.1.2019
  • 29.1.2019
  • 6.2.2019
  • 22.3.2019
  • 3.4.2019, 15.00 Finnish time
  • 17.4.2019, 15.00 Finnish time
  • 9.-10.5.2019
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DEGREE PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

EDUCATION
Professional teacher education
DURATION (MONTHS)
13 months
EXTENT (CREDITS)60
LOCATIONHämeenlinna
LANGUAGEEnglish
EDUCATION WILL START9.-10.5.2019

CURRICULA

ASK ABOUT APPLYING AND EDUCATION

LEA LAURELL
Education assistant
International professional teacher education
email. lea.laurell@hamk.fi

 

EVELIINA GRÖNBERG
Study counsellor
International professional teacher education
email. eveliina.gronberg@hamk.fi

 

KATJA RÖNKKÖNEN
Head of Degree Programme
International professional teacher education
email. katja.ronkkonen@hamk.fi

 

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, building A, 2nd floor, Hämeenlinna

Classrooms: Vankanlähde 11, building D, 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 had the best graduations' figures in the year 2017 (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 4,5 on a scale of 1 to 5. (Student feedback survey 2017-2018).
  • The learning atmosphere is highly positive. Students gave grade 4,6 for learning atmosphere promoting a communal spirit. (Student feedback survey 2017-2018).
  • Applicants apply primarily to our education because of good reputation and recommendations by alumnies. (Student interim feedback survey from several years).

 

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 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. 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 a University of Applied Sciences or an institute of vocational education (Act 932/2014 § 25) can apply to a Vocational Teacher Education Programme in Finland. The eligibility requirements regarding both education and work experience must be met by the end of the application period.

Requirements for applicants seeking qualification as a teacher of vocational subjects (i.e. 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 degree

Requirements for applicants seeking a qualification as a teacher of vocational subjects and applying on the basis of a degree in the field of Social Services and Health from a University of Applied Sciences

For people applying to a Vocational Teacher Education Programme on the basis of a degree in the field of Social Services and Health from a University of Applied Sciences, a minimum of five years’ professional work experience in a field corresponding to the degree is required.

Requirements for applicants seeking a qualification as a teacher of general subjects (i.e. common core study units 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 some cases, a relevant higher education degree other than a Master’s degree may grant eligibility.

General subject teachers in vocational education are e.g. teachers of languages, mathematics, humanities and social sciences, information technology and basic health education.

Requirements for applicants from the fields of Dance or Circus 

Applicants from the fields of Dance or Circus may enter three years of relevant studies as the degree on which the application is based.

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

In some cases, qualifications other than a relevant higher education degree may grant eligibility, if the applicant is already working as a teacher of vocational subjects on an officially recognized programme of vocational study. In such cases, the applicant must have a minimum of five years’ professional work experience in a field corresponding in content to the teaching duties assigned to him/her.

Recognition of non-Finnish degree

If the application to the Vocational Teacher Education Programme is based on:

  • a university/University of Applied Sciences degree completed outside the Nordic countries, or
  • a degree from the field of Social Sciences and Health completed outside Finland, or
  • a university/University of Applied Sciences degree which is less than three years in scope and has been completed in the Nordic countries, or
  • for those seeking a qualification as a general subject teacher - a degree completed outside Finland,

the degree must be formally recognized by the Finnish National Board of Education / Finnish National Agency for Education or the Ministry of Education of Finland, and an official decision on recognition from one of these bodies must be attached with the application. Further information: Recognition and international comparability of qualifications

The Finnish National Board of Education 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. A certain level of education is required e.g. for the following teaching duties:

  • pre-school teaching
  • class teaching
  • subject teaching
  • special needs education (part-time special needs education and special needs class education)
  • student counselling
  • vocational or general subject teaching in vocational education
  • liberal adult education

NOTE:

Qualification Requirements for University of Applied Sciences’ Teachers (Decree 1129/2014, 17. §) In Finnish

Qualification Requirements for Vocational Subject Teachers (Decree 986/1998, 13. § and 13 a §) In Finnish

Qualification Requirements for General Subject Teachers in Vocational Education (Decree 986/1998, 14. §) In Finnish

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. The one-phase selection is based on the application form. Applicants are admitted to the programme in the rank order of their total admission points within each admission group. International Professional Teacher Education programme is separate admission group and the final selection will be based solely on the applicants´ admission point scores.

Admission criteria in short 2019 (pdf)

Admission criteria 2019

Attachments

Your application form will be scored if you have been found eligible. Your application will be processed by the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) which is marked on the application as the applicant’s first preference. Points are awarded in every Professional Teacher Education institution according to admission criteria of 2019 agreed upon by the institutions.

The criteria which are taken into consideration in the scoring system are as follows:

Other completed degrees8 points
Basic studies in educational sciences10 points
Further education (after 1 January 2013)4 points
Teaching experience from official educational institutions5 points
Teaching experience from vocational education since 1 January 201710 points
Maximum total points37

A qualification required for eligibility does not give admission points for the application.

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 8. - 29.1.2019.

  • Application period begins 8 January 2019
  • Application period ends 29 January 2019
  • Attachments by 6 February 2019, at 15.00 (Finnish time)
  • Recognitions by 22 March 2019
  • Results of the student selection on 3 April 2019
  • Confirmation of study place 17 April 2019, at 15.00 (Finnish time)
  • Studies begin 9.-10.5.2019

The required documents must be attached to the online application or posted to the applicants´ first-choice Professional Teacher Education institution by 6 February 2019, at 15.00 (Finnish time).

If you need an official decision from EDUFI on recognition of non-Finnish degree, you can send this document afterwards but at the latest 22 March 2019.

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 6 February 2019, at 15.00 (Finnish time).

More information about applying below:

Recognition of non-Finnish degree

If the application to the Professional Teacher Education Programme is based on:

  • a university/University of Applied Sciences degree completed outside the Nordic countries, or
  • a degree from the field of Social Sciences and Health completed outside Finland, or
  • a university/University of Applied Sciences degree which is less than three years in scope and has been completed in the Nordic countries, or
  • for those seeking qualification as so-called general subject teachers - a degree completed outside Finland,

the degree must be formally recognized by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI; formerly: the Finnish National Board of Education, FNBE) or the Ministry of Education of Finland, and an official decision on recognition from one of these bodies must be attached to the online application. Without the decision, the application will not be considered. Please visit: www.oph.fi/english/services/recognition

The average processing time for applications is three months.

Language requirement

The teaching language of the programme is English. The applicant’s English language level must be B2 or higher. The applicants can self-evaluate their language proficiency by using the European Language Level – Self Assessment Grid.

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

The results of the student selection process will be published on 3 April 2019 at the earliest in the My Studyinfo service at www.studyinfo.fi. Applicants will also be notified of the results by a posted letter or by email. When you log in My Studyinfo service, you need Finnish online banking credentials, mobile certificate or a microchip identity card.

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. They will wait for a study place in their admission group, which is ranked in order of the number of admission points have been awarded. 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.

Confirmation of study place

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.

Applicant statistics

Applicants of the International Professional Teacher Education programme 2012-2018

Applicants 2012Applicants 2013Applicants 2014Applicants 2015Applicants 2016Applicants 2017Applicants 2018
63655677557945

Sources: Studyinfo 2015-2018 ja AMKOPE 2012-2014

Lowets admission points to International Professional Teacher Education programme 2018

YearPoints
20188

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, or has been employed to provide vocational education, which aims to deepen or extent professional skills.

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: 150 h = 1 month, 11 months = 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 multiform 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 2019-2020

International Professional Teacher Education multiform programme, 13 months in Hämeenlinna (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/ B2 plus. The applicant may be interviewed in order to determine language proficiency or be required to present a formal language certificate.
  • Contact days: approximately 14 days. The study process includes online meetings which will be agreed and scheduled in the beginning of the studies. Contact days will be carried out weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • During the distance learning and eLearning periods, the teacher students use online platforms to complete given learning assignments individually or in groups. A part of the programme includes teacher training.
  • Programme begins in 9th - 10th of May 2019 and ends in 5th of June 2020.
  • 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.
  • Basic studies in educational sciences 13 ects are carried out during the summer 2019 (May – August). So, the teacher students must prepare to study throughout the summer.
  • Students will be ranked and selected based on their application score regardless of their fields of education.

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.

Study guide

Study Guide 2018-2019 (pdf)

 

The extent of the teacher education is 60 credits, which equals 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.

More information:

Practical teacher training

Practical teacher training (PTT) of the Professional Teacher Education includes following activities: getting to know the operating environment of the educational training institute, observation of teaching, designing and implementing tuition and assessment of learning. It is possible to implement the practical teacher training in your own educational organization, if you work as a teacher e.g. in the vocational college or university of applied sciences. Others may look for and agree on their PTT placement among the SPTE´s network of practical teacher training institutes or in some another professional education unit. Required working time and amount of teaching hours can't be precisely defined in advance, because the PTT implementations are unique and planned individually.

Practical teacher training agreement (docx)

Supervision fee invoice (doc)

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.

RAPL Application to demonstrate prior skills and knowledge (pdf)

RAPL Recognition of prior learning (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
Amount: 110 €
Invoice reference: Professional Teacher Education web materials fee / students’ name

The fee can also be payed to Visamäki library.

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 two remarks.

Funding for studies

Generally speaking, professional teacher education is not considered to comprise full-time studies, so there are limited funding options available. Some possibilities include:

Adult education subsidy, which may be granted to applicants who:

  • have been self-employed or in employment for at least eight years
  • have been self-employed or with their current employer for at least one year before the beginning of the studies
  • plan to take at least two months of unpaid study leave
  • are receiving no other forms of funding for their studies

For more information, contact the Education Fund (www.koulutusrahasto.fi) or a local employment office.

Unemployment benefit may be paid to full-time students who:

  • are at least 25 years old at the time of starting their studies
  • have had their studies deemed necessary by the employment office
  • have made an employment plan involving studies

For more information, contact a local employment office. Funding is dependent on the studies being full-time, and teacher education can only be full-time by special agreement in the personal study plan. (Please note that unemployment benefit may also apply to studies intended for taking while working, which are not full-time studies. Check with your local employment office.)

Graduation

Find the new Certificate application (log in) here.

If you started your studies in 2017, find the Certificate application here.

If you are graduating in June or in November you will receive an invitation to the graduating ceremony by email. If you are unable to participate in the ceremony the certificate will be sent to you on the following workday after the ceremony. If you are graduating on some other graduation day during academic year the certificate will be sent to you after graduating day.

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: copy of certificate (EMS)

Graduation dates in academic year 2018-2019

7.9.2018
31.10.2018
30.11.2018 (Graduation ceremony)
31.1.2019
28.2.2019
29.3.2019
30.4.2019
7.6.2019 (Graduation ceremony)

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