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Application - Vocational Teacher Education

Application - Vocational Teacher Education

Do you have the passion for teaching and guidance?
Apply to Haaga-Helia! We offer programmes where you can study to become a vocational teacher (in English or in Finnish),
vocational special needs teacher (in Finnish) or vocational guidance counsellor (in Finnish).

Application period for Vocational Teacher Education is 2 to 23 January 2020.
The results of the student selection will be published on 3 April 2020 in My Studyinfo, Applicants will also be notified of the results with a posted letter.

See Admission criteria 2020 in short.
Full admission criteria and list of required documents for vocational (professional) teacher education 2020 will be available in Studyinfo during October. 

Eligibility requirements in a nutshell

In most cases the eligibility requirements are:

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

In the field of social services and health (excl. the field of beauty care) the requirements are either a relevant Master's degree and three years of work experience corresponding to the degree or a relevant polytechnic/UAS degree and five years of work experience corresponding to the degree. For aspiring teachers of so-called general subjects (e.g. languages) of vocational institutions the requirement is in most cases a relevant Master's degree with no work experience requirement.

Applicant statistics 2019

Number of all applicants for the English study mode: 132
Number of eligible applicants for the English study mode: 66
Study places available: 23
Lowest accepted admission point score: 10,5

Lowest accepted admission point score in 2018: 12

Recognition of non-Finnish degree

Please notice that if

  • you have completed your university degree outside the Nordic Countries, or
  • your university degree is a degree in the educational field of Social Services and Health and you have not completed your degree in Finland, or
  • your university degree is less than three years in extent and you have completed it in the Nordic countries, or
  • you belong to so-called General Subject Teacher applicants and you have completed your degree outside Finland,

a recognition of your degree from the Finnish National Agency for Education is required. For more information, please visit
The process of recognition may take three to four months, so please apply for the recognition by FNAE as early as possible. Without the decision on recognition, your application cannot be considered.

Further information
phone +358 40 488 7554 or +358 40 488 7520

Frequently asked questions