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 Special Education

The basis for the Special Education Programme is provided by the multidisciplinary and constantly changing tasks aimed at different age groups in the field of special education as well as scientific research conducted in the field. The Special Education Programme provides diverse skills for expert tasks in special education and research as well as guidance and counselling. The programme can qualify the teacher for special education posts in either early childhood or primary and secondary education, but also in vocational institutions. The main disciplines of science in this programme are special education, education, psychology, logopaedics and sociology.

The studies focus on children’s development and deviations in it, identification of development and the prerequisites for learning, various interventions, the many facets of planning and implementing teaching, and special education leadership. The contribution of the home and society to the child’s development is also discussed in depth. Key vocational areas include early childhood education, primary and secondary education, rehabilitation and institutional care as well as various research and administrative functions within the educational, disabled welfare, social welfare and health care sectors.


Basic information

Duration of Studies: 
5 years (3+2)
ECTS Credits: 
300 (180 + 120)
Language of Instruction: 
Graduate Profiles: 
Special education teacher
Special kindergarten teacher
Special class teacher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 48 4644
marjatta.takala (at)
+358 (0)294 483660 (at)


Next Application Period: 
March 16th 2016 – April 6th 2016 (15.00 / 3 pm 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 admissions process.