Professional Teacher Education provides the pedagogical qualification for teaching your specific subject in Finland. Teaching, or rather, facilitating learning, is a challenging yet rewarding career choice for professionals from different fields of expertise.

We have lengthy experience, since 1994, in providing vocational teacher education studies in English. In addition to English language mediated studies, we also want to offer experiences in studying in hybrid learning environments (simultaneously face-to-face and online sessions). Thus, we offer you our Professional Teacher Education -programme.


Studies in the Teacher Education Programme

Our Professional 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 interconnected competence areas: facilitating learning, creating future and developing the teacher identity.

The studies begin on 3.6.2021 online with Orientation. Subsequent sessions will be one-day hybrid learning sessions in Jyväskylä and online, approximately 6‒8 times per semester.

Hybrid learning sessions ( 31.8.2021, 6.9.2021, 15.9.2021, 23.9.2021, 14.10.2021, 2.11.2021, 1.12.2021, 18.1.2022, 8.2.2022, 10.3.2022, 5.4.2022 and 5.5.2022

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

Study Guide

Mode of Study

  • studies require a good level of English, applicants may be required to provide formal proof of proficiency
  • primarily recommended for those whose mother tongue is not Finnish but is open to anyone who wants to increase their international skills
  • can be undertaken as part-time or full-time studies
  • length of the programme is generally from 1 to 1,5 academic years depending on the student’s background and personal competence development plan
  • working in peer learning groups (4-6 students in a group), hybrid learning sessions, self-directed learning, practical training
  • maximum period of studies is three years

How to apply

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

  • Online applications 4 - 20 January 2022 by 3 p.m. (EET)
  • Deadline for the attachments supporting the application 27 January 2022 by 3 p.m. (EET)
  • Student selection results 31 March 2022
  • Deadline for study place confirmations 11 April 2021


Education in Finland

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



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

  • a Bachelor's degree
  • a minimum of three years of professional work experience

In the field of Social Services and Health:

  • a UAS Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of work experience corresponding to the content of the degree OR
  • a Master’s degree and 3 years of professional work experience.

NB. A Bachelor’s degree in the field of Social Services and Health which has been completed in a university – as opposed to a UAS – does not grant eligibility to apply for Professional Teacher Education)

Applicants who seek qualification as general subject teachers are required to have a relevant Master’s degree.

Admission Criteria

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 2021 are:

  • other completed degrees (in addition to the degree with which you will apply), max. 2 degrees
  • basic studies in educational sciences
  • further professional and/or pedagogical education completed since 1.1.2013
  • teaching experience from official educational institutions
  • teaching experience from vocational education since 1 January 2019

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. These can be found in the -service.

The admission point scoring system is updated annually, which means that the acceptance scores are not comparable year-to-year.

Please note!

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.

the degree, with which you apply, must be formally recognized by the Finnish National Agency for 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.

The requirement for general subject teachers in vocational education is in most cases a relevant Master’s degree. In the student selection process to Professional Teacher Education, applicants who have studied e.g. one of the following subjects as the major subject in their Master’s degree can be considered teachers of general subjects: languages, philosophy, psychology, literature, culture research, statistics, political science, law, math, physics, chemistry and health education.

Without copy of the decision, your application will not be considered. For further information, please visit


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) or ask questions and follow us on Facebook.

Student Services Contact Information

Salminen Marika

Salminen Marika

Opintoasiainkoordinaattori, Study Affairs Coordinator
AOKK Hallinto, Administration
Ammatillinen opettajakorkeakoulu, Professional Teacher Education
Lahtinen Henriikka

Lahtinen Henriikka

Opintoasiainkoordinaattori, Study Affairs Coordinator
AOKK Hallinto, Administration
Ammatillinen opettajakorkeakoulu, Professional Teacher Education
Jouhiaho Katariina

Jouhiaho Katariina

Opinto-ohjaaja, Study Counsellor
AOKK Hallinto, Administration
Ammatillinen opettajakorkeakoulu, Professional Teacher Education

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