MDP in Teacher Education

Building better opportunities

Preliminary info for the 2018 intake!

Programme profile and research at UTA

Finland University
Degree: Master of Arts (Education)
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018
Start date: Late August 2018
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year
UTA Scholarships
Programme curriculum
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The programme is designed for qualified teachers with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the various fields of education. It aims at integrating the most essential research in curriculum studies, educational psychology, inclusive education, and pedagogical leadership to provide tools for the development of school education. 

The instructional focus of the programme is on school community efficacy and on enhancing students’ abilities to develop a modern theoretical approach for their teaching and for student learning. The studies aim at educating teachers who are able to think analytically and critically, solve problems, and work as teacher-researchers.

The programme leans on implementing international, up-to-date research in education and related fields. It is intended to benefit teachers from primary to higher education levels. 

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Why MDP in Teacher Education?

The Faculty of Education is a research and learning community with top-quality societal and cultural expertise, dedicated to exploring and analysing changes in education and society. Research at the Faculty focuses on the changes and transformation processes taking place in society and in educational environments.

We bring together the best of the renowned Finnish and Nordic educational traditions. In our vision, educating young people for the common future is the best guarantee of peace and sustainable development in the world. 

If you are a qualified teacher and interested in developing your expertise in educational theory and practice, building better opportunities, and in enhancing your career prospects, this is your choice.

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. 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 discussion of education and educational policy and defending educational values
  • be able to develop their work on the basis of research in multicultural environments.

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

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

Career opportunities 

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

Graduates are able to work not only as traditional teachers but also 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 our 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.

Postgraduate study opportunities

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

Applying for the programme

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to the Master’s degree programme in Teacher Education consist of two parts: the University of Tampere (UTA) general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility

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

  • a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master’s degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
  • fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements, please see Language requirements

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 two years of full-time teaching experience.

Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the admission criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.

Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree

Your Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, you can be accepted to the programme on the condition that you send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018. If admitted, you will first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records have reached the University.  

Language requirements

You 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.

1. Language tests

We accept the following tests as proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based. NB: scores from TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, you must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all 2018 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/language-requirements.

2. Previous studies

If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories that exempt from the language test requirement. Please choose in the application form the one you feel is most appropriate.

  • A Bachelor's or a two-year Master’s degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in Finland or another EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees.
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.

Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend that you take a language test to indicate your proficiency.

For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/application-documents.

Admission

Application period

Master's programme application period, 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018

Start date

Late August 2018

Duration

2 years

Teaching language

English

Intake

A maximum of 20 students are admitted into the programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the programme is 10 000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship system for fee-paying students: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/fees-and-scholarships#scholarships

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. If you apply to more than one UTA Master’s degree programme, you are requested on the application form to list the programmes you apply to in priority order. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. You must be able to support your application with enclosures related to your educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.

Enclosures

You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities collect tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English.

You are not required to pay the tuition fee if you are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland.

You must submit documents confirming your residence permit status with your application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents. Please note that the continuous or permanent Finnish residence permit needs to be valid during the application period, and at least until 1 August 2018. If the residence permit status changes after 1 August 2018 or during the studies, according to Finnish legislation tuition fees may be charged.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories:

  • University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees during the two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 €  annual scholarship to cover your living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Students apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam.

You will be assessed on the following merits:

  • academic quality and the success and the relevance of your overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme, and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.

The University may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by video, telephone or in Skype in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish your motivation, and your aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish your social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced by 29 March 2018. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/applying/selection.html.

Contact persons

Mr Eero Ropo
Professor
33014 University of Tampere, Finland
tel. +358 50 5679838 
(head of the programme)

Ms Mira Pihlström
Coordinator of International Education
33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 50 318 6692
E-mail: mira.pihlstrom@uta.fi
(admissions, general administration)

Ms Kirsi-Marja Varjokorpi
Coordinator of International Education and Training
33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 50 524 2544
E-mail: kirsi-marja.varjokorpi@uta.fi
(curriculum and teaching schedules)