Degree Programme for Special Education Teachers

Aim of the Programme

The basic goal of the Special Education programme in the University of Eastern Finland is to provide students with the professional knowledge, skills and competences which will make them able to work ethically and responsibly in the field of special education while actively developing themselves, their work and their work community.

Content of Studies

The Degree Programme for Special Education Teachers leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Education) (180 ECTS, 3 years) and Master of Arts (Education) (120 ECTS, 2 years).

This programme provides students with extensive knowledge of special education and teaching. The programme covers topics related to education, teaching and the individual nature of learning. In addition, students will be introduced to research in education and they will practice conducting research in special education.

Graduates of the Degree Programme for Special Education Teachers are qualified to work in three different teacher positions. These teacher positions are special education teacher, special education class teacher and general class teacher.

The diverse curriculum of the programme includes

  • basic, intermediate and advanced studies in Special Education, including studies for special education teachers,
  • teacher’s pedagogical studies,
  • language and communication studies, and
  • studies in two minor subjects.

Minor Subjects

In the University of Eastern Finland, the main principle for minor studies is that studies are freely available for students across campus boundaries. Some minor subjects may, however, have prerequisites, placement tests or entrance exams.

The education for special education teachers include two minor subjects. Students will complete the Multidisciplinary Study Programme in Basic Education (60 ECTS) as a compulsory minor subject. The other minor subject (25 ECTS) can be freely chosen from the university’s wide selection of study programmes. Self-financed Open University study modules also work well as minor studies.

Modes of Study

Modes of study include, for example, lectures, group assignments, seminars, readings, exams, study group meetings, online courses, and learning journals. Teaching practice is an important part of the studies for special education teachers.

Professional Life

Special education teachers work mainly in primary and secondary education. Finnish schools follow the tripartite support system. Support to learning and school attendance is thus divided into general, intensified and special support. Special education teachers work on all of these support levels both in actual teaching and in multiprofessional cooperation with various agents. The work of special education teachers usually includes development, planning and coordination.

The employment situation of special education teachers and class teachers is very good at the moment.

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