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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 is from 2 to 23 January 2020 at 15.00 Finnish time.
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.

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

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.

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

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 

Exceptional Opening Hours:

From Tue 10 December to Thu 12 December: Closed

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