Preschool and Primary Education 25 ECTS credits

These studies cover a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in preschool and primary level education which relate to teaching, learning, growth and development. When applicable, teaching methods which bind together the different content areas presented in the courses, are used.

On completion of the package students are able to observe and recognize the world of pre-school and primary (grades 1 and 2) children as well as their individual and developmental characters, and is able to pay attention to them when they guide the preschool and primary ( grades 1 and 2) children's learning process in different content areas. Students are able, using the national core curriculum, to create an integrated research-based curriculum, which leads to the development of the children's problem solving and collaboration processes. Students are able apply a diversity of the theoretical, didactic and ethical principles involved in pre-school and primary education (grades 1 and 2) in order to support the children`s growth, development, and learning. Students are able meet and interact with children and their parents in a pedagogically sensitized way.

Application Procedure

The students in the Faculty of Education can apply for the right to study a minor subject as part of the Faculty’s common application process for minor subjects to be arranged in the spring term.

The license to pursue studies for a minor subject is given for the next academic year. The duration of the right is one academic year.

For students from other faculties and those pursuing non-degree studies in a minor subject, the deadline for applications is August 15. They are given the right to study a minor subject for the next two academic years.

About 20 or 40 students are admitted annually to pursue studies in a minor subject. Preference is given to the students of the Faculty of Education.

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For more information on practical issues related to minor subject applications in the Faculty, see here.

Application Guidance                                      

More details on applying for the right to pursue studies in a minor subject are available from the Faculty’s study advisors, especially Minna Sainio. Any questions related to study rights should be addressed to Helena Seppälä, Chief Academic Officer.

Person in Charge

The person in charge of the minor subject studies is Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki.

More Information on the Studies

A more detailed description of Preschool and Primary Education including the courses involved is to be found in the Faculty of Education Catalogue of Minor Subject Studies on WebOodi.

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Last updated: 15.2.2019