Master's Degree Programme in Teacher Education


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Program Description

Educating for a sustainable future

The programme welcomes teachers interested in further developing and deepening their professional competencies and contributing to building better educational contexts.

This programme is based on in-depth expertise gained in Finland and a substantial research-based perspective, which will allow the students to develop both individual and collegial knowledge about the school community.

This Master's programme focuses on research on teaching and learning, inclusive education, curriculum studies, as well as leadership in educational organisations, and evaluation and quality in education. To enrich the studies, this programme also offers the possibility for students to choose from a variety of optional courses offered by the Faculty of Education and Culture as well as other faculties at Tampere University.

The graduates of this programme will have acquired an extensive understanding of the relationships between learning, teaching and curriculum, and tools for building effective learning environments. They are able to practise as expert teachers, mentors or organisers of learning who have the abilities to develop innovative educational practices and curricula. As high-quality trained professionals, graduates will also be able to work as educational consultants in various institutional contexts locally, nationally and globally. Welcome to take the opportunity for an inspiring adventure!

Information about studies

  • Type: Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Master of Arts (Education)
  • Planned duration: 2 years
  • Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Central Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €

Study objectives

Teachers and experts who have completed the Master´s Degree Programme in Teacher Education will

  • Have an extensive understanding of societal and global conditions for learning and education.
  • Be thoroughly aware of their importance as educators, i.e. as individuals with pedagogical power and influence in society.
  • Be capable of making well-grounded ethical choices in their professional roles.
  • Be capable of presenting valid arguments in the debate on education and educational policy and defending educational values.
  • Be able to develop their work on the basis of research in multicultural environments.

More about the language of instruction

The language of the programme is English.

Study contents

The programme consists of versatile core studies in inclusive education, curriculum studies, evaluation of teaching, learning and education, and in leadership in educational organisations.

In addition, the students are offered thorough studies on quantitative and qualitative research methods and practices. They also have the possibility to include optional studies from other fields of science into their degree.

The programme highlights the first-hand experience of the Finnish school with classroom observation, and high-quality thesis supervision by professionals with expertise in research, teacher training and teaching at school.

The intensive collaboration between the Faculty of Education and the Teacher Training School of Tampere University provides our students with an indispensable knowledge of the integration of theory and practice in education.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

Career opportunities

The programme gives competencies to develop curricula, learning environments, instruction and schools. Its focus is on the development of the well-being of the school community, quality of learning, and research-based teaching. It gives insight and competencies to utilise the best elements of the Finnish education system in various cultural contexts.

Graduates are also able to work as mentors and organisers and developers of learning. They have the qualifications to develop innovative educational practices, curricula, and schools, and build better opportunities for children and youth.

The programme is designed for qualified teachers who wish to expand their professional expertise. It does not lead to a teaching qualification in any country.

Co-operation with other parties

In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.

Postgraduate study opportunities

The degree also qualifies you to continue your studies at the doctoral level, for example in TUNI’s Doctoral Programme in Education and Society.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • From the relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • From an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree.

Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree programme in Teacher Education you must have:

  • A university-level Bachelor's degree in Education or teaching which includes teaching practice, OR
  • A university-level Bachelor's degree in any other field accompanied by a formal teaching qualification (certified teacher) in the country where the Bachelor's degree certificate was issued, OR
  • In case you lack a formal teaching qualification: one year of full-time teaching experience, and an additional special course during your studies in the programme at Tampere University.

Language skill requirements

All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

The minimum English language test result requirements

Test name & Minimum test result

  • TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
  • PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
  • C1 Advanced: C
  • C2 Proficiency: C1
  • Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.


A maximum of 30 students is admitted to the Master's degree programme in Teacher Education.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.

The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.

Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.


The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.

How to apply

Application step-by-step checklist
  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply three programmes at the same time.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
  4. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
  6. Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
  7. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
  8. Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
  9. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form

The online application form will be available during the application period only at The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).


You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.

You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.

Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.

In addition to the seven Tampere University general application enclosures, for the Master's degree programme in Teacher Education you also need to submit:

  • Documentation of your teaching qualification or teaching experience. Unless you have a Bachelor's degree in Education or teaching which includes teacher practice (practice teaching), you must submit an officially certified copy of your formal teaching qualification certificate or a description of the content of your formal teaching qualification including a link to a website where this information can be verified (university, ministry, etc.), OR an officially certified copy of an official proof of employment of at least one year of full-time teaching. If the document has been issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation to one of these languages is required.

In addition, there are programme specific questions on the application form and you will be asked to provide:

  • Contact information for two academic/professional persons who can provide recommendations for you. Please give the name, organisation, position and contact information including an e-mail address that if needed, we may contact them.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Last updated Nov 2019

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