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21st Century Educators from Finland

Teachers for the future professional development certificate

This programme is competency-based and and multidisciplinary by nature, and always tailored for teachers of various subject fields who wish to learn how to combine theory and practice in teaching. The latest research results and best practices of the global benchmark, which is the Finnish vocational and professional education, are tested and contextualized to meet the needs in various countries and home institutions.

Program Content

This six-month programme is divided into two parts. During the study months in Finland, the participants study in TAMK learning environments depending on their field of expertise. The programme provides both practical, hands on experiences, as well as theoretical insight into the core components of applied learning.

The second phase of the programme concentrates on the practical application of the newly learned methods in local learning environments. The practical part of the development plan is then implemented in the participant’s country of origin. Guidance is provided using modern e-learning methods, and there is a final contact seminar.

The participants are awarded 20 credit points ECTS (540 student working hours) certificate on level seven Bologna frame of reference. The participants are given guidance and counselling starting from the application period, and are fully supported while living in Finland.

The programme is applied in nature and combines teaching and learning in projects, teaching in English and subject- specific project skills. The focus of the programme is competence-based, student-centered and participatory pedagogy and learning in the world of work.

Target Group

This is a continuing education programme for higher education and vocational teachers.


Tampere University of Applied Sciences TAMK

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is an internationally-oriented multi-disciplinary university offering higher education in nine fields of study and over 40 degree programs.

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