International Professional Teacher Education

Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu

International Professional Teacher Education

Degree Programme

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.


WHAT WILL YOU BECOME?

After graduating, you are a teacher who has completed the vocational 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 Vocational Teacher Education 2019
  • 8.1.2019
  • 29.1.2019
  • -
  • 3.4.2019 at 15 Finnish time
  • 17.4.2019 at 15 Finnish time
  • May 2019

DEGREE PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

EDUCATION
Vocational teacher education
DURATION (MONTHS)
13 months
EXTENT (CREDITS)60
LOCATIONHämeenlinna
LANGUAGEEnglish
EDUCATION WILL STARTMay 2019

CURRICULA

ASK ABOUT APPLYING AND EDUCATION

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 Vocational Teacher Education institutions in Finland. There is no entrance examination. The one-phase selection is based on the application form. Your application form will be scored if you have been found eligible. Your application will be scored in your first-choice institution.

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.

Admission criteria in 2019

The student selection procedure is based on a national admission point scoring system.

The criteria which will be taken into consideration in the admission point scoring system in 2019 are:

  • teaching experience acquired since 1.1.2010
  • other completed degrees in addition to the degree with which you will apply (max. 2 degrees)
  • basic studies in educational sciences (completed according to the requirements of a Finnish university or UAS)
  • further professional and/or pedagogical education completed since 1.1.2013

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

Admission criteria in short 2019 (pdf)
The detailed admission criteria will be published in October.

Schedule

The next application period is 8. - 29.1.2019.

  • Application period begins 8.1.2019
  • Application period ends 29.1.2019
  • Attachments 6.2.2019 at 15 Finnish time
  • Information on admissions 3.4.2019 at 15 Finnish time
  • Confirmation of study place 17.4.2019 at 15 Finnish time
  • Studies begin May 2019

The applicant must verify his/her qualifications and matters that affect the selection process. The application form together with the attachments must be submitted online by the 6th of February 2019.

More information about applying below:

Applying for

Applying for

Use the electronic application form in the Studyinfo service to apply to vocational teacher education. The web address is 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 application process for vocational teacher education is the joint national application process for vocational teacher education institutions. You can apply to two different teacher education institutions using the same application.

After you have filled in the application, scan the attachments needed to verify your qualifications and the admission points in the application by the given date.

It is possible to make changes to the application during the application period. To do that, you must log into the My Studyinfo service on the studyinfo.fi website or use the link from your e-mail. Log into the studyinfo.fi website to enter the service (the Log in link on the top of the page). Finnish online banking credentials, mobile certificate or a microchip identity card are required to log in.

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.

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 extent 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 Agency for Education/the Finnish National Board of Education or the Ministry of Education of Finland, and an official statement of recognition from one of these bodies must be attached with the application. Further information: Recognition and international comparability of qualification

The process of recognition can take from three to four months, but without the decision on recognition your application can't be considered.

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.

Application form

The electronic application form will be open at studyinfo.fi during the application period. In the Studyinfo service, proceed as follows:

  • 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.
  • Remember to save the application.
  • Also print the application that you filled in.
  • If you want to make changes to your application, you can edit your application during the application period by logging into the My Studyinfo service.

Results of the selection

The results of the student selection process will be published on April at the earliest in the My Studyinfo service. Applicants will also be notified of the results by letter.

All eligible applicants who have not been offered a study place on either of the programmes which they entered in the application form, will be placed on a waiting list in their admission group, ranked in order of the number of admission points received. Supplementary selection rounds will take place if vacancies arise due to approved candidates rejecting the offer of a study place. If a study place becomes available, the Vocational Teacher Education institution will contact the applicant at the top of the waiting list, according to the number of admission points scored.

Acceptance of the study place

Each student who is offered a study place must confirm his/her study place by the due date either by using the My Studyinfo service or in writing (e.g. by e-mail). Log into the studyinfo.fi website to enter the service (the Log in link on the top of the page).  If this is not done, the offer of a study place will 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 Vocational Teacher Education?
If you have completed a polytechnic degree in the field of social services and health care and you have at least five years of professional work experience from a field corresponding to your degree, you are eligible. If you have completed a Master’s degree in the field of social services and health care, three years of professional work experience from a field 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 higher education degrees give eligibility.

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, or has been employed to provide further 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: 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 vocational 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. To do that, you must log into the My Studyinfo service on the studyinfo.fi website. Finnish online banking credentials, mobile certificate or a microchip identity card are required to log in.

Questions about studies

Finnish is not my native language. Can I still apply for professional teacher education?
You can apply for vocational 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 the teacher education unit of my secondary choice. Can I wait for a cancellation place in the unit of my first choice?
Unfortunately not. Only an applicant who has not been admitted to any teacher education unit can be selected in case there is a cancellation.

I was not admitted. Do I have to contact the teacher education unit myself and ask about cancellation places?
No, you don’t. The teacher education unit will contact the applicant with the next best points if a study place becomes available.

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 2018-2019

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 18 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 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 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 on 3rd-4th of May 2018 and ends on 7th of June 2019.
  • 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 2018 (May – August). So, the teacher students must prepare to study throughout the summer. From mid-June to the end of July the studies will be carried out as web-based learning. During this period, there are no contact days.
  • Students will be ranked and selected based on their application score regardless of their fields of education.

Contact days IPTE18 (.pdf)

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 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.

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.

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.)

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.

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