Vocational Teacher Education provides the pedagogical qualification for teaching your subject in Finland. Studying in the flexible post-degree programme takes usually 1–2 years.

Teaching is a challenging yet rewarding career choice for professionals from different fields of expertise. Studying in JAMK's Teacher Education College is designed to meet the needs of adult students: the mode of study is flexible, multiform and each student is able to tailor their studies.

At JAMK's Teacher Education College you can study in our internationally oriented group. We have provided vocational teacher education studies in English since 1994.

If your Finnish is fluent, you can also apply to one of our Finnish-language study groups based in various parts of Finland or the web-based teacher education programme.

Teacher Studies

The Vocational Teacher Education programme consists of 60 credits (corresponding to one year of full-time study) and includes:

  • basic studies in educational sciences
  • vocational pedagogy studies
  • teaching practice
  • other studies.

The curriculum of the programme is based on four interconnected competence areas: facilitating learning, developing the educational environment, cooperation and interaction and continuous learning.

More information about the main elements and aims of our programme is available at our Study Guide.

Mode of study

  • Part-time, multimodal studying while working with a possibility to full-time studies.
  • Studies require a good level of English, both spoken and written.
  • Length of studies is from 1 to 2 academic years depending on the student’s background and individual learning plan.
  • Studies include working in learning circles (4-6 students in areal groups), e-learning activities, meetings in Jyväskylä and webinars, independent work and teaching practice.

Studying in our Vocational Teacher Education programme is very flexible. Many of our adult students continue working during the studies. The group will gather to two or three day seminars in Jyväskylä approximately three times per semester. 

The length of supervised study varies from 1 to 2 academic years depending on the student’s background and individual learning plan. The education is offered as part-time multimodal studies with a possibility to full-time studies as well. In compliance with the law, the students have the right to study for three years. These standard times are normally sufficient to include the eventuality of any unscheduled interruptions in the studies.

Narashima Boopathi | Vocational Teacher Education

"Teacher Education gives a better platform to be a better teacher. The times have changed, the students are not the same they used to be 20 years ago. The studies help you to be innovative and not to bore students."

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Kodjovi Lotchi | Vocational Teacher Education

" This is not only for those who wish to become teachers, this is for all who are involved with any kind of training in their working life. Companies need people who have the skills provided in these studies."

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Umme Kulsum, Bangladesh | Vocational Teacher Education

"The best thing in my studies is friendly teaching and learning environment. In international group we can share our experiences together with people who have different cultural perspectives and professional backgrounds. "

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Klaus Petritsch, Austria | Vocational Teacher Education

"In Finland I wanted to focus on the strength of the country which is education. The studies fitted well in my life and the course turned out to be a very good investment. I have experienced lots of things I wouldn't have never done otherwise."

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How to apply

The annual teacher education colleges' application period is on January. The national joint online application is available during the application period. Below you can find some important dates of the application process 2018.

application timeline

The national joint online application is available during the application period at www.studyinfo.fi. If you need instructions and more information about the application system, please visit the Studyinfo's page How to apply to Vocational Teacher Education.



In most cases the eligibility to apply for teacher education studies can be obtained with:

  • a relevant university or polytechnic degree and
  • a minimum of three years' work experience in a field corresponding to the degree.

In the field of social services and health, either a relevant master's degree plus three years' work experience or a relevant polytechnic degree plus five years' work experience corresponding to the degree are required.

Please note!

You have to attach a copy of the decision on the recognition of your degree made by the Finnish National Board of Education/Finnish National Agency for Education to your application if you:

  • have not completed your degree in the Nordic Countries
  • represent the educational field of social services and health and you have not completed your degree in Finland.

Without copy of the decision, your application will not be considered. For further information, please visit www.oph.fi/recognition.

Admission Criteria

Innovation and Enthusiasm

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 2018 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

The admission criteria in short will provide you with a summarised overview of the admission points:

From the wider version of the criteria you are able to find deeper explanations of the criteria and application process. You'll find these in Study Info service, on the Admission and Entrance Exams -tab.

Education in Finland

How does the Finnish education system work? What are the teacher qualifications? Please find important links below.


Further Education Programmes

If you already have teacher qualifications, you can apply to our further education programmes for teachers. The extent of both of these specialisation study programmes is 60 credits.

Continuing education courses

We provide a wide range of professional development services meeting the needs of working life and individuals. In Finland we provide a wide range of skills development courses both in Finnish and in English. Some of these courses for individuals are funded by Finnish National Board of Education.

Furthermore we tailor various educational services for organisations in national and international context.

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Contact us

Do you have some questions of the application or the studies? Please, don't hesitate to contact us.

You can contact our Student Services via email opiskelijapalvelut.aokk(at)jamk.fi or ask questions and follow us on Facebook.

Student Services Contact Information

Salminen Marika

Opintosihteeri, Student Services Secretary
AOKK Hallinto, Administration
Ammatillinen opettajakorkeakoulu, Teacher Education College

Lahtinen Henriikka

Opintosihteeri, Student Services Secretary
AOKK Hallinto, Administration
Ammatillinen opettajakorkeakoulu, Teacher Education College

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We provide teacher education post-degree programmes, continuing education courses, development services, as well as research, development, and innovation activities.

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