Vocational Teacher Education

Are you an expert in your own professional field and interested in working with people? If your answer is yes, this might be for you. As a vocational teacher you will be able to facilitate the professional growth of young people preparing for working life, as well as those with work experience who are looking for more challenges. Vocational teacher education benefits both those already in a teaching position and future teachers.

60 cr

Tampere, online studies

Application period: 8–29 January 2019

Begins: 2019

No tuition fee

Description of the programme

This vocational teacher education programme is meant for professionals who wish to teach in English and / or who are not proficient in Finnish. No prior experience in teaching is required. You can study alongside work and complete your studies in 1.5 years.

The vocational teacher education programme (60 credits) provides the pedagogical qualification required of teachers at

  • universities of applied sciences
  • vocational and professional education and training

The programme also meets the statutory pedagogical requirements for teaching at comprehensive schools and upper secondary schools, as well as for work in non-formal adult education. The teacher's pedagogical studies 60 credits (= Vocational Teacher Education) are one part of the qualification requirements set for teachers in Finland, which vary depending on the education institution in which the person works as a teacher.

The programme consists of six modules of 10 credits each:

  • Basic Studies in Education
  • Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
  • Inspiring Teaching and Learning
  • Modern Pedagogical Models
  • Teaching Online and Building Collaborative Learning Communities
  • Diversity, Legislation and Pedagogical Development Project

The contact days are organized approximately every other week. You must be able to attend at least 50 % of the contact days in person at the TAMK Main Campus; the rest can also be attended via video conferencing as advised by the teacher. Attendance in person on the first two contact days is mandatory and advisable also during the first months of studies.

In addition to meeting on the contact days, the students also study in small groups that stay in touch using social media tools. The groups can also utilize various virtual environments and face-to-face meetings.

Aims and contents

The vocational teacher education programme supports your development as a facilitator of learning and an educator. It furthers your role as a member of your work community and society.

The starting point for vocational teacher education is participatory pedagogy. It encompasses the wide range of activating and exploratory pedagogical models and methods. Teacher students have a real voice in the way their studies are planned, implemented and assessed.

A leaflet on participatory pedagogy and the way the vocational teacher education is implemented (pdf)

The core competency areas are:

  • evaluation competency
  • teaching and facilitation competency
  • well-being competency
  • partnership competency
  • cultural competency

The studies consist of 60 credits and include:

  • basic studies in education
  • vocational pedagogical studies
  • teaching practice
  • elective pedagogical studies

Structure of Vocational Teacher Education


The curriculum contains the aims, principles and contents of vocational teacher education. It is updated annually, and the students follow the curriculum of their starting year for the duration of their studies.

Vocational teacher education curriculum 2018

More information

Educational Designer Emma Roinila
Tel. +358 40 801 6069

Application: taok(at)tamk.fi, tel. + 358 3 2452 054



tel. + 358 3 2452 054

Read application instructions

Päivitetty 15.06.2018

How to apply

The next application period runs from 8 January to 29 January 2019. The information below concerns the application in 2018. We will update the site in autumn.

The entry requirements for vocational teacher education are in most cases:

  • a relevant university degree
  • a minimum of three years of occupational experience in a field corresponding to the subject of teaching (for teachers of vocational subjects)

If you have obtained your higher education qualification abroad, recognition by the Finnish National Agency for Education / the Finnish National Board of Education is required. More information >

The number of new students admitted to the English language group will be 20. If you are fluent in Finnish, you can also apply to the Finnish language groups. More information >

Admission criteria

The student selection procedure is based on a national admission point scoring system. The criteria which will be taken into consideration in the admission point scoring system in 2018 are:

  • teaching experience acquired since 1.1.2010
  • other completed degrees in addition to the degree with which you will apply (max. 2 degrees)
  • basic studies in educational sciences (completed according to the requirements of a Finnish university or UAS)
  • further professional and/or pedagogical education completed since 1.1.2013

Admission criteria in short (pdf)

You can find more detailed admission criteria on the Studyinfo sites.


The application period is 10.–30.1.2018. The application closes 30.1. at 15.00 o'clock. During the application period the application form is available in www.studyinfo.fi.

If for some reason you are unable to use the online application form, please contact us (details below).

Send the printout of the application and the attachments by 7.2.2018 to
TAMK/School of Vocational Teacher Education
Kuntokatu 3
33520 Tampere.

The results will be published earliest 5.4.2018 in www.studyinfo.fi (My Studyinfo).

The study place must be confirmed by 19.4.2018 at 15 o'clock latest.


Q: Am I eligible to apply?
A: In most cases, a higher education degree (or recognized equivalent) and 3 years of professional work experience in a relevant field is required. 

Q: Can I apply with a foreign degree?
A: Yes. If your degree certificate is from a country other than Finland, Sweden, Norway or Denmark, you must get a Recognition of Qualification from the Finnish National Agency for Education / the Finnish National Board of Education. Apply for the RoQ well in advance - the average processing time is 3-4 months! Further information.

Q: I am a nurse. Can I apply for the Vocational Teacher Education programme?
 A: If you have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences in the field of social services and health care, and you have at least five years of professional work experience in a field corresponding to your degree, you are eligible. If you have completed a Master's degree in the field of social services and health care, three years of professional work experience in a field corresponding to the degree is enough.

Q: I will complete my degree in the spring before the studies begin. Am I eligible?
A: Unfortunately you are not eligible. The entry requirements regarding both education and work experience must be met by the end of the application period.   

Q: Must the work experience be continuous, or would, for example, summer jobs and weekend work be acceptable?
A: The work experience does not need to be continuous. The following formula will be applied to calculate the full-time equivalency of part-time and short-term employment: 150 h = 1 month, 11 months = 1 year. The employment certificates must show the numbers of hours you have completed and the time periods during which you have worked. 

Q: Does the work experience have to be accumulated after completion of the degree? 
A: No, it does not. 

Q: Will work that I did while I was a student be included in my work experience?
A:  Yes, except for any practical training that you did as part of the study programme for the degree on which your application to this Vocational Teacher Education programme is based. 

Q: Are there language requirements for the English language group?
A: No official certificate regarding English language ability is required. However, participants must be able to use English for study purposes, which requires a good level of spoken and written English.  They must be able to read English-language scientific and professional literature, and to acquire information and skills, and develop their knowhow through the medium of English.

Q: Can I be admitted if I don't have any teaching experience and/or I am not currently working as a teacher?
A: Yes. Admission to the programme is based on a points system.  Teaching experience is one criterion for which applicants are awarded points, but there are other criteria as well.

Q: How do I add up my working time as a teacher if I have been teaching for a few hours a month over a couple of years?
A: Part-time teaching experience will be converted into full-time teaching experience. 64 hours of part-time teaching experience equals one month of full-time teaching experience.  

Q: When will the results be published?
A: The results of the application process will be published on 5th April 2018 at the earliest.  Applicants who are offered a place on the programme must confirm their intention to take up the study place by 19th April 2018.

Q: What qualification will the education give me?
A: Successful completion of the study programme confers the pedagogical qualification required from vocational teachers in Finland. With this qualification you can work in universities of applied sciences, vocational schools, adult education institutes, general education institutions such as high schools, and non-formal adult education. In addition to this pedagogical qualification, different institutions may have special  requirements concerning qualifications and work experience when recruiting people for specific positions.

Q: How is studying organized on this programme? What study methods are used?
A: Studying and teaching practice take place collaboratively in small groups and in authentic teaching environments. The learning environments include physical, social, and digital working spaces. No exams are held; evaluation happens through verbal feedback on all aspects of the participants' performance.

Q: What is teaching practice and how is it organized?
A: The studies include getting acquainted with different learning situations, students, learning environments, work communities and networks, as well as working as a teacher and facilitator. Participants are assigned to a study group, each of which has its own group teacher.  The group teacher will  provide detailed information on teaching practice and other aspects of the programme at the beginning of the studies.

Q: How can I get my prior experience and/or studies accredited?
A: The School of Vocational Teacher Education promotes the principle of recognition and validation of prior learning and knowhow (AHOT in Finnish). The student can apply for full or partial accreditation of any study module based on self-evaluation, documented prior learning, and /or other agreed methods. Accreditation can be granted based on prior studies on the same level as those provided by the TAOK programme, or on knowhow demonstrated by agreed methods.

Q: Is attendance at lectures compulsory ? How do I make up for absence?
A: The English language group's studies consist of contact days at the TAMK Main Campus (in which you must be able to attend in person especially during the first months of the studies), video lectures, online learning, group work, and independent assignments.You will need to participate sufficiently in small group work and in the work of the whole student group. You must also take part in self and peer evaluation as instructed by the group teacher. 

Q: What is the duration of the studies? Can I complete the studies in one year?
A: The extent of the studies is 60 credits and the planned study time is 1,5 years. It is possible to shorten or extend the study time if agreed at the beginning of studies. Your own personal goals and your prior knowledge will affect the total study time.

Q: Where will the English Vocational Teacher Education studies be organized?
A: Contact days at TAMK Main Campus and/or video conference meetings are organized approximately every other week. Participants also study in small groups, and stay in touch with each other using social media tools.

Q: When do the studies begin?
A: The studies for the English Vocational Teacher Education group start on 14th May 2018.

Q: How many students will be admitted to the English Vocational Teacher Education group?

A: 20 students.

More information

tel. + 358 3 2452 054


The online application form will be available on the site studyinfo.fi.

On this site you can find information for new teacher students selected in 2018.

Accepting your study place

Please accept your study place by 15:00 on 19 April 2018 at the latest in My Studyinfo service. You will need your online banking codes, mobile identification or e-certificate card to log into the service. If we have not received your confirmation by this time, you will lose your study place.

Please register for attendance for the academic year 2018 - 2019 at the same time when accepting your study place. The link for registering will open in the My Studyinfo service instantly after you have accepted your study place.

After TAMK has registered you as an attending student, you will automatically receive an email with a link to activate your TAMK user identification with Finnish online banking codes or mobile identification. With the TAMK user name and password you can you can log into TAMK Intranet and acquaint yourself with the study guide.

Right to study

Students who are accepted in 2018 have the right to study until 31 December 2020.

Beginning of studies

The English language group has its first contact days on Monday and Tuesday 14 - 15 May 2018 at 9.00 - 16.00 in the main building of TAMK

You are expected to attend the first contact days in person. During the first contact days you will have an orientation to the teacher education studies and meet your student colleagues. You will learn to use the relevant tools and TAMK's IT systems. 

Please bring your own laptop and headset with you to the first contact day.

Time needed for the studies

The extent of the vocational teacher education is 60 credits, which corresponds to 1600 hours of student work.

The contact days are scheduled approximately one day every other week. You must be able to attend at least 50 % of the contact days in person at the TAMK Main Campus; the rest can also be attended via video conferencing as advised by the teacher. You also need to allocate time for independent work, study group work, and teaching practice. Attendance in person on the first two contact days is mandatory and advisable also during the first months of studies.

If you study according to the standard schedule the program will take 1.5 years.

In exceptional circumstances you can complete your studies in one year. In such a case you will need to provide evidence of prior learning. Please bring the following documents to your group teachers on 14 May:

  • a brief report on the reasons why you would like to complete the studies in one year
  • brief report on your teaching experience so far
  • copies of certificates needed for credit accreditation 
  • your teaching and facilitating practice plan

Curriculum 2018

You will find the curriculum here

Use of IT tools

In your studies you will be using various social media tools, video conferencing tools, and a learning platform called Tabula (a customized Moodle).

Video conferencing

A contact day takes place every second week on Tuesday. Contact days are either meeting in person in TAMK or via video conferencing, as advised by the teacher. Detailed instructions will be given on the first contact days.


The primary online learning platform that will be used during the studies is Tabula (tabula.tamk.fi). You will be instructed on the use of Tabula during the orientation days.        

Social media

The teacher education studies will also utilize blogs (www.blogger.com) and social media tools, such as Google Drive and YouTube. If you do not already have a Google (Gmail) account, please register one before the studies. You will need the Google account in order to complete the pre-task (see below).

You will also have access to students' desktop PAKKI and get a TAMK email address.

Orientation to pre-task

As a pre-task, you are asked to introduce yourself to the other students in your group and your group teachers in the course blog. The blog can be found here.

To write in the blog you will need a Google (Gmail) account. If you already have a Gmail address, send it to Emma Roinila. You will then receive an invitation to the blog at your Gmail address. Click it to accept it within three days and gain rights to post to the blog. If you do not yet have a Gmail address, sign up at www.gmail.com and then follow the instructions above.

Introduce yourself and write about your path towards being a teacher. If you do not work as a teacher, write about the reasons why you would like to become one or what interests you in the teacher education studies. You can also write about good and bad examples and experiences of teachers in your life, especially if there are some that have influenced your career aspirations. If you work as a teacher, also tell us how long you have worked as a teacher and how you have developed as a teacher through time.

The post should be about 400 words. Remember to add labels to your blog posts ("your name", "pre-task"). Please submit your blog post by 1 May at the latest.

Please do not forget to also acquaint yourself with the study guide.

Study certificate

If you need a certificate of your acceptance for any authorities, employers etc. you can order it by email from Study Affairs Coordinator Mervi Mustonen.

Updating your personal details

You can update your contact information on students' desktop PAKKI. In case of changes in your other personal details (e.g. name), please send email to Study Affairs Coordinator Mervi Mustonen.

Membership of the Student Union

TAOK students are welcome to join the Tampere University of Applied Sciences' Student Union Tamko and to apply for the green student card. The card can be ordered here.

Transport and parking

Information can be found on the Main Campus page.

Accommodation in Tampere

TAMK has an agreement with the hotels below. TAOK's students can have  accommodation at these hotels for a contract price.

Contact persons

Contents of studies: Education Designer Emma Roinila
Student administration: Study Affairs Coordinator Mervi Mustonen

The email addresses at TAMK are firstname.surname@tamk.fi.


A warm welcome to the start of your teacher education studies!