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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).

The application period for Vocational Teacher Education ended 23 January 2020 at 15.00 Finnish time. See Admission criteria 2020 in short. Please read the full admission criteria and the guidelines for the required documents in Studyinfo.

The results of the student selection will be published on 3 April 2020 at the earliest in My Studyinfo at Applicants will also be notified of the results with a posted letter.

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 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. Please note that the degree on which your application is based determines whether you belong to aspiring vocational or general subject teachers.

Applicant statistics 2019 and 2020


Number of all applicants for the English study mode: 159


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

A decision by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) on 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.

EDUFI is responsible for decisions regarding the eligibility conferred by foreign qualifications for positions, which in Finland require specific education or a university/University of Applied Sciences degree of a certain level. A certain level of education is required e.g. for teaching positions. Without the decision on recognition, your application cannot be considered.

Further information from Admission Services:
phone +358 40 488 7554 or +358 40 488 7520


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