Studies at University of Oulu 2016-2017

The University of Oulu offers study opportunities with a solid academic foundation ranging from 5-6 year degree programmes and master’s programmes to doctoral training. There are also several possibilities such as open university studies, executive training and continuing education for developing and maintaining skills and competencies.

In addition to a variety of student exchange programmes, international master’s degree programmes in English are offered in six fields of study, making the university an international study environment.

5-6 Year Degree Programmes

Degree Programme in Early Childhood Education

The basis for the degree programme in early childhood education is provided by the various tasks of early childhood education. This variety covers the following areas, among others: early childhood education training and planning, early childhood research and transmission of knowledge on early chilldhood education, as well as direction and management of early childhood education organisations.

The degree programme is a comprehensive pedagogical programme that aims at fostering the welfare of children and families in various educational, teaching and experts tasks in early childhood education and children's culture.

The students in the degree programme first complete a 180 ECTS credit Bachelor’s degree followed by a 120 ECTS credit degree of Master of Arts (Education) degree. The education also qualifies them as kindergarten teachers.

Kati Leinonen

Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180+120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Kindergarten Teacher
Preschool Teacher
Head of the Kindergarten
Line Manager
Trainer / Educator
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 48 4212
aila.tiilikka (at)
+358 (0)294 483645 (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 16th 2016 - April 6th 2016 (15.00 UTC+3 )

The degree programme is applied for through the The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Applicants have to both apply in Finnish and be able to study in Finnish. Applicants are asked to prove their Finnish language skills in the admission process.