3 Feb 2014

JAMK’s Teacher Education College is Finland’s number one

In the joint application procedure for vocational teacher education colleges, the applicants’ favourite was JAMK University of Applied Sciences. The Vocational Teacher Education, Vocational Special Needs Teacher Education and Study Counsellor Education programmes attracted a total of 1,733 applicants, 460 of whom will receive a study place in the spring.

JAMK’s Teacher Education College received the largest number of applicants in the application period, which ended on Friday 24 January 2014. The four other teacher education colleges operating in Finland were left behind. Particularly popular was the Study Counsellor Education programme for teachers, which is offered this year not only in Jyväskylä but also in the new Ostrobothnia regional group.

– The regional groups organised in various parts of Finland have a significant effect on applicants’ choices. It is easier to study near home,” says Harri Keurulainen, Head of Department at the Teacher Education College.

– The number of applicants is also direct feedback on the successful implementation of training.

The applicants are adults and professionals in their field, and recommendations from acquaintances and colleagues may be the decisive factor in their choice of study place.”

There were a total of 1,272 applicants to JAMK’s Vocational Teacher Education programme.

For teachers’ post-degree programmes, there were 164 applicants to Vocational Special Needs Teacher Education and 297 to Study Counsellor Education. The Teacher Education College’s admissions team will have plenty to do giving points to all applicants’ printed applications and their appendices.

The students to be admitted will be informed in April. Not all of them will study in Jyväskylä; many will assemble in regional groups in various parts of Finland.
The majority of the students admitted will complete their studies in 1–2 years and go on to work at universities of applied sciences and vocational schools.

– We produce hundreds of new teaching professionals every year. The figure may seem large, but there are plenty of jobs in teaching. In fact, many of our students are already teaching when they start their studies, but they do not have the pedagogical qualifications,” Keurulainen says.

For more information, please contact:
Katariina Jouhiaho, Study Counsellor, +358 40 752 5358,
firstname.lastname@jamk.fi and Harri Keurulainen, Head of Department,
+358 40 532 3147, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi, JAMK University of Applied Sciences,
Teacher Education College