Type: Basic and Intermediate studies / studies that provide general qualifications for a teacher
This module encompasses the pedagogical studies for teachers that are the qualification requirements for teaching personnel (stipulated in Decree No. 986/1998 and the amendment to the previous degree, Decree No. 865/2005). Together with a Bachelor's and Master's degree and at least 60 cr of studies of a school subject, these Pedagogical Studies for Teachers (60 cr) give the qualifications of a subject teacher. Read more about subject teacher's qualifications in Finland here.
In order to be qualified to teach in a Finnish comprehensive school, teachers need to possess excellent competence of the teaching language of the school (usually Finnish or Swedish). In upper secondary schools the competency requirement for teachers is to master the teaching language (National Board of Education Regulation 25/011/2005).
This module is geared for students who want to gain the qualifications of a subject teacher. The studies are suitable for degree students with a suitable teaching subject or applicants who want to complete these qualification studies after a Master's degree.
The objective of the module is to provide students with the capability to work independently as subject teachers and educators. Pedagogical studies for teachers provide a broad qualification to teach children, adolescents and adults in institutions of general, vocational and adult education. During the module, students will combine their knowledge of the subject, education and subject didactics – or the knowledge of teaching, studying and learning a subject – as well as information related to school practices into a pedagogical practical theory of their own. The objective of research-based subject teacher education is to help future teachers to become experts in the planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching.
The Subject Teacher Education Programme in English (STEP) has an international aspect as the programme admits both Finnish and international degree students at the University of Helsinki, as well as Finnish and international students who have previously completed a Master's degree. The exchange students at the Faculty of Educational Sciences are also integrated into some of the study units. Thus STEP offers an authentic forum for students from different linguistic, educational, and cultural backgrounds to study together in an intercultural, interdisciplinary, and international environment.
STEP is set in the context of Finnish teacher education but takes into account the multicultural student body with diverse school experiences and the lingua franca setting. There is a need for today's teachers to have the knowledge and tools to be creative and supportive innovators of active learning and teaching in order to engage students in cross-curricular activities and projects that are tied to real-life contexts. STEP offers an environment where cooperation and collaboration between students and teachers of different disciplines are strengthened and encouraged. Future teachers of both humanities and science subjects study together and have an opportunity to search for common interests and create learning environments across different subjects. As societies have become more diverse, an important objective for student teachers is to develop skills to approach multiculturalism and work with diversities in the schools in positive and constructive ways.
After the completion of the module, the student
The final grade for the module is calculate as a weighted average based on the credits of the course units that belong to the entity. When calculating the final grade, the course units that are assessed as pass/fail are not considered.
The core content consists of teachers’ basic knowledge and skills that are learned and practiced during basic studies.
In intermediate studies, the knowledge and skills related to teaching as well as understanding and applying the different parts of a teacher's profession are deepened and practiced.