Faculty of Education – For New Students in the Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Your First Day at the University

The teacher education students will be starting their studies on Monday, 27th of August at 9.00 a.m. in Lecture Hall L1 with a reception arranged for new students. The Master program students' reception can be seen here:

You will find the location on this campus map. 

In the first academic week, there will be information sessions, introduction to the university and getting to know what university studies are all about. Your regular studies also start this week. Be prepared to attend any events/teaching every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will get a detailed programme of events in the first week in the reception on Friday or from your small group tutors.

If you have completed studies at a university before, please answer the questionnaire (Not for master's programmes) before August 4th, 2018.  We will do our best to take previous studies into account when we allocate students into groups later on.

Please see the university guide for new students:

Fall 2018 infos:

Getting Your Studies Done

Degree structure and studies in your programme

Degree Programme in Teaching and Education

  • Special Education BA(ed)
  • Intercultural Teacher Education, BA(ed) 
  • Educational Sciences, BA(ed): major Education, major Educational Psychology
  • Primary Teacher BA(ed)
  • Music Education BA(ed)
  • Early Childhood Education BA(ed)

Master’s Programme in Special Education

  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher MA(ed)
  • Special Education MA(ed)

    Master’s Programme in Education

    Master’s Programme in Primary Teacher Education

    Master’s Programme in Music Education

    • Music Education, MA(ed)

    The links above allow you to see in more detail a description of your degree programme, the structure of the degree and the timing of the studies (Course Structure Diagram).

    The 5-year programme in the Faculty of Education comprise a 3-year Bachelor’s degree followed by a 2-year Master’s degree. The degrees include studies in the major subject and minor subject, language, communication and orientation studies, as well as elective courses.

    The right to pursue studies in a 5-year programme is granted for seven years, and that for studies in a 2-year Master’s programme for four years.

    In the general part of the Study Guide (http://www.oulu.fi/edu/study_guide) you will find all the necessary basic information, and it also gives you answers to the most common questions and problems. Please read it carefully.

    Meanwhile WebOodi (weboodi.oulu.fi) shows you, in addition to the structure of your degree, a description of all your courses, including the teaching methods used and length in hours. You will also be using Weboodi during the first year to compose your personal study plan. Even without logging into Weboodi, you can read course descriptions by choosing Instruction/Courses -> Search or Course catalogues on the WebOodi homepage.

    Teaching and studying at the Faculty

    The Faculty of Education has certain common rules and practices that apply to all students in the Faculty.

    You will find important information on issues related to studying in the Faculty’s ”Studies” section (www.oulu.fi/edu/studies_general). Please , acquaint with the information there.

    In the academic year 2018-19, the studies are divided into the following periods:

    · 1. year orientation week: 27.8 – 31.8.2018

    · 1. period, weeks 36-43: 3.9. - 26.10.2018

    · 2. period: weeks 44-51: 29.10. - 21.12.2018

    · 3. period: weeks 2-10: 7.1. - 8.3.2019

    · 4. period: weeks 11-19: 11.3. - 10.5.2019

    · Intensive period: vkot 20-22: 13.5. - 31.5.2019

    · Summer term: vkot 23-35: 1.6. - 31.8.2019

    Your regular studies start in orientation week and you might also have some courses after 11th of May. Teaching is given in stretches of 2 or 4 hours as follows: 8.15-9.45 am, 10.15-11.45 am, 12.15-13.45 pm, 14.15-15.45 pm.

    Please note that students admitted to the University may be requested to provide an extract from the criminal records for the assessment of their ability to study. Such an extract may be requested only from students whose studies include practical training or other activities involving work with minors.

    The extract will be requested before the beginning of the practical training or other activity. To ensure the safety of minors, it is necessary to ascertain that the student about to begin practical training has no criminal record of certain serious crimes (sex offence, murder, aggravated assault and battery, aggravated burglary and robbery and narcotics offence).

    Language studies

    The Bachelor’s degree includes compulsory language studies in a foreign language (English) and in the second national language (Swedish). Note that in the Intercultural Teacher Education program, the English studies are integrated and non-Finnish speakers have a possibility to be exempted from the second national language. In addition to the compulsory language studies, you can also pursue other language studies as part of your free-choice studies. You will be informed in more detail on these studies during the first few weeks in an information meeting organized by the Languages and Communication unit of the university or your study advisor.

    Minor subjects

    In addition to a major subject, your degree will include compulsory and/or optional studies in a minor subject. A minor subject is usually understood to mean a study module comprising 25 credits of introductory studies and at least 35 credits of intermediate studies. The Faculty has its own principles for the students to choose their minor subjects, and you will learn about them in your first couple of years as a student. You can also apply for a right to pursue minor subject studies in another faculty of the university as instructed by each faculty.

    For information on minor subjects offered by the Faculty, see www.oulu.fi/edu/minor_subject_studies.

    Elective studies

    For every student, part of the degree is comprised of elective studies. These studies can consist of any courses at university level. The Faculty of Education updates its list of elective studies on an annual basis, allowing you to choose studies that are appropriate for your degree. The list can be found on the Faculty website at www.oulu.fi/edu/elective_studies. You can also choose elective studies offered by the other faculties. Their offerings can be found in each faculty’s course catalogue on Weboodi or on their website.

    Study Counselling

    You can seek counselling whenever you feel you need it. In the Faculty of Education, you are helped, among others, by the study advisors, teacher tutors and small group tutors. They are the special people who can help you in practical issues related to your studies and in the construction of your personal study plan. The study advisors' contact details can be found here:

    In issues related to studies in other faculties, please get in touch with the study counsellors in each faculty.

    If you cannot get the help you need in the Faculty, the university and the Finnish Student Health Service also offer general counselling services. For more information, see www.oulu.fi/english/studying/supporting-your-studies.

    Student Organisations

    The student organisations representing different subjects arrange a variety of events and look after the interests of students during their studies at the university. You are welcome to join in the organisation represented by your own degree programme. Read more about joining a student organisation and their activities by clicking on a link to your organisation below. Through this link you might also find more information about the small group tutors that you will be having.

    National student organisations:

    • SOOL ry (Suomen opettajaksi opiskelevien liitto, Teacher Student Union of Finland):
      Prospective teachers! Well worth joining!
      More information: www.sool.fi/
    • Suomen Luokanopettajat ry:
      SPECIA ry (Experts and Managerial Professionals Association):
    • More information: www.specia.fi


    The information in this guide is updated directly on the website mentioned in the guide. Keep a close eye on both the Faculty and the University websites.

    Welcome to the Faculty to grow and learn with us! You have chosen a highly valued field of education with an opportunity to exert an influence on your chances in working life through your choices during the training!

    Good luck and success with your studies!

    Last updated: 6.9.2018