This programme provides students the opportunity to acquire a Master level teacher education in an international context. This programme is taught at the University of Turku in Finland.
The combination of a Finnish Teacher qualification, a major in Education and the international context make programme unique. The degree is oriented towards primary teacher education (pre-school and grades 1-6 in basic education). The programme consists of studies in educational science, practical training and studies that provide pedagogical skills required for positions in primary education.
The aim of the degree programme is to educate well-qualified academic professionals, active future makers, critical and ethically responsible experts and researchers in the educational field. At the core of a teacher’s work lies the understanding and supporting of a child’s and group’s development. The dialogue between theory and practice takes place particularly during teaching practice periods, which offer a holistic view of a teacher’s work.
In Finland, teachers are required to have a Master’s degree. The Bachelor of Arts (Education) is a lower university degree and does not provide the qualification for teacher in Finland. After completing the Bachelor of Arts (Education), student is entitled to continue studies in the Master of Arts (Education) at the University of Turku.
Completing the Masters of Arts (Education) in primary teaching degree qualifies to act as primary and pre-school teachers in Finland (taking into account the required knowledge of languages) and other countries that recognize the Finnish teacher qualification.