HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences has started to train vocational teachers in Bogota, Columbia. The operation began in August 2014 and will last approximately one year. The students will complete the whole 60-credit vocational teacher programme under the instruction of the teachers of the HAAGA-HELIA School of Vocational Teacher Education.
The training will be implemented according to the Finnish teacher training model by applying it to suit the local conditions. The contact and distance learning periods of the students will alternate. HAAGA-HELIA’s teachers will work in Columbia, during the contact learning periods and instruct the distance learning periods from Finland. The group comprises 15 students who all work as teachers in vocational institutes. What makes the operation significant is that the extent of studies is 60 credits, which matches the teacher training required to qualify as a vocational teacher in Finland. The studies comprise six modules, which include, among other things, learning assignments related to learning, competence assessment and instruction as well as practical teaching training.
The teacher training is part of the training export activities of HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences. The goal of the training is to develop the Columbian vocational training together with the Columbians. At the same time, this new implementation method adds to HAAGA-HELIA’s competence in terms of training export.
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