The degree regulations contain instruction for the entire HAMK, for example the right to study, the completion of studies and a safe study environment:
Degree regulations (pdf)
Digitally signed documents (for example Transcript of Records)
You can download digitally signed documents at Student Desktop Pakki
- Log into Pakki with your HAMK ID and password.
- Select Documents from the desktop and New order.
- The list includes all the documents available in digitally signed format.
- Select the right document type, language of the document and Order.
- Select the tab called Documents. The newest document is the first one on the list.
- Just select the document name to download or open it.
- You can either
- open it with your browser or
- open it from the Downloads file in your computer or
- open it with a default PDF reader on your computer.
- Save the document on your computer and forward it for example attached to an email.
- The recipient may validate the authenticity of the document by following the instructions at the end of the digitally signed document.
If you notice some errors in some of your documents (for example Transcript of Records), please contact our Student Services: email@example.com.
If you need documents for Public employment and business services or for Insurance company, please contact our Student Services.
Meal subsidy card
If you study as a full-time student (via personal study plan, PSP) and complete at least 5 ECTS on average for each month, you are eligible for discounted meals issued by KELA (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland).
Please contact the Student Services if you’d like to request the meal subsidy card: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Studying in the 13 months program fulfill the criterion.
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 course is completed with a different schedule and implementation than what was originally planned for the group program. In addition, the course of Practical Teacher Training in an Educational Institution and the course of Research, Development and Innovation Skills must be completed well in advance.
Checklist before applying for graduation
- The final assignments must be handed in to the teacher the latest three (3) weeks prior to the intended graduation day.
- Electronic certificate application must be submitted also at least three (3) weeks prior to the intended graduation day.
- If any grades are missing or the certificate application is not sent on time, the graduation day will be postponed to the next possible one.
- The School of Professional Teacher Education has specified graduation dates during academic year, which can be found in the table below. Graduation ceremony will be held on the first graduation day in June.
Graduation schedule in academic year 2021-2022
Certificate application at the latest
||Friday 3.6.2022 (Graduation ceremony)
- Students who have started their studies on year 2021 or later, will receive their certificates digitally only.
- Students who have started their studies earlier than year 2021, will receive their certificates both digitally and a paper copy of the certificate.
- International Professional Teacher Education Programme students receive a certificate and transcript of records in Finnish and in English.
- In addition, all graduates receive a certificate supplement. The Certificate Supplement describes the study programme and recognition of the academic qualification, for international purposes.
- Graduates must download a digital certificate themselves from the Pakki service (top bar - documents - degree certificates). The digital certificate can be downloaded for 28 days from graduation day.
The digital certificate is an official certificate, which does not require any separate authentication. It can be sent to authorities or employers as an attachment. Paper copies of the digital certificate can be printed, but only the digital certificate is authenticated and suitable for official purposes.
Note! If you need a transcript of records before graduating, you can download electronically signed transcript from the Pakki service.
HAMK IT Services and ServiceDesk in problem situations
You can easily find all IT services listed and links to instructions here. You can search for services with a keyword, save services as your favourite, so you can return to them next time or browse the automatically updated list of most searched services.
In case of an error, please contact ServiceDesk.
Module feedback (Spark feedback service)
Study feedback should be given by the student at the end of each module (excluding Practical Teacher Training and Development of Pedagogical Expertise) via HAMK's feedback system. Student may give feedback seven days before the module ends, at the earliest. The system picks the exact end date from the implementation plan in Pakki service. The feedback survey opens seven days before the module ends and it stays open for a fortnight after the module end date.
Student may give feedback via Spark feedback service in Pakki. The feedback service recognises the modules or courses for which the student has been accepted to in Pakki. Student can give feedback for each module only once and when the feedback questionnaire is available.
Student instructions for giving feedback on modules (pdf)
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, 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.
During the practical teacher training, the teacher student will be supervised by the student’s tutor teacher and a supervising teacher from the placement organisation.
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.
It is also possible to conduct practical teacher training period abroad. The requirements for the practical teacher training institutions, qualifications for the supervising teacher and the content of the practical teacher training period are described above. However, you are required to plan your teacher practice well in advance together with your tutor teacher and your supervising teacher. The documentation of your teacher practice consists of both written and audio-visual materials based on the meeting between you, your supervising teacher, and your tutor teacher prior to the start of your teacher practice. Prior to the start of your practical teacher training period the plan has to be approved by the tutor teacher.
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.
The supervision fee is invoiced from HAMK via electronic invoice service (available only in Finnish) or via paper invoice. The invoicing instructions are sent to the supervising teacher by e-mail after the practical teacher training agreement has been concluded.
Agreement and assessment documentation can be sent electronically to: email@example.com
Practical teacher training documents
Practical Training Agreement 2021 (pdf)
Practical Training Plan 2021 (doc)
Practical Training Evaluation Form 2021 (doc)
Recognition and accreditation of prior learning
If you have competence that corresponds to the competence objectives of the courses, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (= RPL). This way, you don’t have to learn again the same thing you already know and you have the opportunity to progress your studies faster than the group program. There are two different kind of recognition and accreditation of prior learning processes among the professional teacher education: Credit transfer and Skills demonstration.
Both are retrieved electronically through an application on the student’s desktop Pakki.
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 2021 (pdf)
Referencing and Plagiarism
Professional Teacher Education assignments use the reference technology used by the University of Applied Sciences: HAMK UAS Referencing-guide (.pdf)
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.
Right to study and enrolment for the academic year
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 or 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:
- military, non-military or women’s voluntary military service
- maternity, paternity or parental leave
- 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 or 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 or 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.
Enrolment for the academic year
The students will have to enroll as present or absent every year according to the deadlines set by HAMK. Practicalities of this will be advised for students at the beginning of the studies.
Once students have accepted a study place, they register as present for the first academic year in the manner described in the admissions guide. If a student continues studying into 2nd or 3rd academic year, he or she must also register as present. Continuing students will be informed of the registration process during the spring (May-June).
A student who has not enrolled will lose his or her right to study. If a student who has lost his or her right to study wants to continue studying, he or 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 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 EUR 50 is invoiced from the student.
Studying after the end of the admission group's programme
If a student does not graduate according to the admission group's programme, he or she continues under the guidance of the same tutor lecturer until the end of the second year.
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, he or she 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 or 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.
Student desktop Pakki and digipedagogical guidelines
Pakki – Student Desktop Service
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. Log into Pakki with your student ID and password (HAMK ID and password). Change the language to English from the upper right corner. You can use this service both on your computer browser and on your mobile.
In Pakki you may:
- review and update your contact information (link to My profile video)
- see the timetables (link to Instructions for Timetable engine (pdf))
- browse your grades
- apply for accreditation of your prior learning (credit transfer) and accreditation of work experience (skills demonstration) via the RPL tool
- create digitally signed documents (for example transcript of records)
- download graduation certificate for 28 days from the graduation day
- answer the module feedback questionnaire (Spark feedback service)
Note! A teacher student doesn't have to register for courses through the Pakki service. Professional Teacher Education registrations are handled by Student Services.
Digipedagogical Guidelines to support learning
Digipedagogical Guidelines is a site where all the guidelines for utilizing digital tools in HAMK are gathered in one place. All tools and services can be used on desktop and mobile. Some services or tools may also have its own mobile app.
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 for example 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, telephone +35850 4063 124, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, telephone +35850 5776 312, email@example.com
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, telephone +35840 7355 653, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note! 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
User ID and how to log in to HAMK services
Activating user ID
Before starting your studies, you need to activate your user ID. Familiarize yourself with user ID activation instructions. Note! User ID’s are not sent via email.
How to log in to HAMK services
Logging in to HAMK services is done by either using short form or long form of username. For most of the services the short form of username is used. In practice the long form of username is used only when logged in to HAMK website or when services by Microsoft are used.
Short username is typed in form firstname123 or uname. Short username is used in following HAMK services: Tuudo, Learn (Moodle), Zoom, Kaltura, Exam, Patu, Pakki, Finna, Webropol, ServiceDesk, MOT dictionary, VDI Virtual Desktop and MyFiles. Short username is usually typed into Shibboleth login window or used in HAKA login.
Long username is typed in form email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Long username is used in: Teams, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, Yammer and other Office apps, and Google’s services.
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 (for example 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 EUR 110.
Information for payment
Recipient: Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Häme University of Applied Sciences)
Bank: Nordea Bank Finland Plc
IBAN: FI58 1732 3000 0090 57
BIC code: NDEAFIHH
Amount: EUR 110
The due date: 31 October 2021 (students started in 2021)
Invoice reference: Professional Teacher Education web materials fee / students’ name
If your institution or other employer pays your fee, please send the billing information to the Student Services: email@example.com.
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.