Degree Programme in Primary Teacher Education, BA (Rauma) and MA (Turku)
The programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire a Master level teacher education in an international context. The combination of a Finnish Teacher qualification, a major in Education and the international context makes the 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 sciences, 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.
Academic Excellence & Experience
The degree is oriented towards primary teacher education (pre-school and grades 1-6 in basic education). In the studies, the student will acquaint themselves with the current research topics in education and with the principles of theory formation in education and teaching. The programme consists of studies in educational sciences, practical training and studies that provide pedagogical skills required for positions in primary education. The students will examine the development of a child and childhood and understand the social and cultural context of education. The education is based on extensive educational expertise. Supervised teaching practice periods are a central part of teacher education studies. These periods offer the students a real work life-learning environment at the Teacher Training School. The students may choose optional and minor studies that deepen their knowledge in various subjects.
Bachelor's Thesis & Master's Thesis
The thesis for the Bachelor’s degree Programme in Primary Teacher Education degree is a Bachelor’s thesis. The students:
search for scientific literature, determine a meaningful research question and prepare a research plan
collect research data, analyse, and interpret it.
After completing the Bachelor’s thesis, the students master the basic skills of scientific thinking, writing, research assessment and scientific discourse. The thesis lays the foundations for investigative work as a teacher.
Students have to write a Master's thesis as part of the advanced studies in Education. During their Master’s thesis work, the students further develop the basic skills of scientific thinking, writing, research assessment and scientific discourse acquired during their Bachelor studies. The Master's thesis should show the student’s ability for scientific thinking, mastery of the research methods required, familiarity with the scientific literature on the topic of the thesis and the ability to communicate in a scientific context.