Professional Teacher Education Student

International Professional Teacher Education Studies

Study Guide 21-22

Welcome to the School of Professional Teacher Education at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. Established in 1967, we have repeatedly been the most sought-after professional teacher training institution in Finland. During the past 50 years, we have trained over 10 000 VET teachers, special educational needs teachers, and study counsellors. Furthermore, we have offered teacher education in English since 1994.

The International Professional Teacher Education Studies for the Digital Era equips you with knowledge, skills and competences needed from the educational professionals in 21st century world. You will learn how to facilitate learning processes for different learners while developing your own expertise as well as your working community – all this with a proactive outlook to the future.

Digitalization, globalization, and changes in the landscape of work all around the world set new requirements for not only teachers but also other professionals in the world of work. They are also crosscutting issues across this study programme, and you will learn how to turn these phenomena into an asset in your work as an expert of learning.

Course Descriptions

According to the statute (1129/2014 § 2 and 3) professional teacher education studies need to consist of 60 credits comprising of: basic studies in educational sciences, studies in vocational pedagogy, teaching practice and other studies.

In our professional teacher education programme the studies under the above mentioned statue have been structured as follows:

  • Basics of Educational Sciences (12 cr) consist of two courses that should be completed before the end of December 2021: 
    • Understanding Learning (6 cr) 
    • The Future of Education (6 cr)
  • Teacher’s Work Environment (5 cr)
  • Teacher as a Pedagogical Inquirer (8 cr)
  • Facilitating Learning (14 cr)
  • Equality and Equity in Teaching and Guidance (5 cr)
  • Developing a Professional Teacher Identity (6 cr)
  • Optional Studies (10 cr)


Enrolment information for the optional studies will be published later on autumn semester. Enrollment is possible for maximum of two (2) optional courses.

See the Accreditation page for instructions on substitution and inclusion of  studies, and recognition of prior learning.

International Professional Teacher Education Studies for Digital Era  programme emphasises international collaboration and interaction, pedagogical use of digital environments and joint knowledge creation. We will explore and learn together, within the framework of progressive inquiry learning on how current phenomena will have an influence on the teaching profession and education in general.

Students working together

Scheduling Your Studies

The scheduling of the studies will be based on the personal competence development plans of the students. The length of studies is usually one to two academic years depending on the student’s background and individual plans. The maximum study entitlement is three years and it is in compliance with Act 932/2014 and the Degree Regulations of JAMK University of Applied Sciences. You can study either part-time or full-time.