Applicants of vocational teacher education 2010–2015
Fields of Education2011201220132014201520162017
Humanities and Education 95 105 80 72 77 75 57
Culture 50 35 44 46 31 30 41
Social Sciences, Business and
103 111 145 120 123 113 108
Natural Sciences 53 50 54 41 42 33 21
Technology, Communication and
206 158 181 152 140 96 103
Natural Resources and the
35 29 14 18 26 21 14
Social Services, Health and Sports 90 173 181 159 182 204 186
Tourism, Catering and Domestic
50 69 61 48 53 47 36
Other Fields of Education 4 4 6 6 4 1 8
Separate admission group, English - - - - 32 40 56
West-Lapland/Koillismaa region, separate admission group - - - - - 41 35
Total 686 734 766 662 710 701 665


1. What are the entrance requirements to the School of Vocational Teacher Education?

On 1 August 2011, a new Teaching Qualifications Decree entered into force. It applies to teachers in vocational education in particular. Through the amendment, those applying for teacher education are mainly required to have an applicable polytechnic degree and three years of work experience in a field corresponding to teaching.

The degree and work experience must be completed by the end of the application period. Work experience must be obtained from a field covered by the person's degree. Any work training included in the degree programme is not accepted as vocational work experience. Teaching or training experience will not be regarded as work experience from a specific field; instead, it will be regarded as teaching experience which, in recent years, has offered additional points at the application stage. Unlike vocational work experience, teaching experience is not an entrance requirement.

2. Is it difficult to be accepted to the Oulu School of Vocational Teacher Education?

Being the northernmost teacher education school in Finland, the Oulu School of Vocational Teacher Education educates teachers for half of Finland. In 2016, we had 701 applicants for 275 positions. The number of open positions is fixed according to educational field-specific estimates on the number of teachers needed and, therefore, acceptance is affected by the number and level of applicants within your field. A total of 20 students were accepted for English education. 

3. How many points do I need to score to be able to be selected to vocational teacher education?

Application to the vocational teacher education programmes is implemented as a joint application to all Schools of Vocational Teacher Education . The scoring criteria of the student selection is usually confirmed at the end of the year before the new application round. Scoring criteria may change each year.

In the joint application round of the year 2017 the lowest scores for acceptance in the different fields of study and in separate selection groups were as follows:

Humanities and Education: 17 points
Culture: 16 points
Social Sciences, Business and Administration: 14 points
Natural Sciences: 15 points
Engineering and Technology: 9 points
Natural Resources and Environment: 13 points
Social Affairs, Health and Sports: 16 points
Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services: 13 points
Other Field: 21 points
Separate selection group Western Lapland / Koillismaa: 13.5 points
Separate selection group English EduLAB: 14 points

The annual number of applicants and their educational backgrounds determine the lowest entrance points to the vocational teacher education. 

4. How much will my studies cost?

Studying at the School of Vocational Teacher Education is free of charge. Costs are accumulated from eating, travelling, accommodation and the purchase of study materials.

5. How long does studying in the School of Vocational Teacher Education take?

In the School of Vocational Teacher Education pedagogical studies comprise 60 ECTS credits. You can study either full-time or while working. Studies can take a maximum of three years. Most of the vocational teacher education students study alongside work. Summer, autumn, and spring semesters enable studying throughout the year. 

6. I have completed basic studies in education. Will they be accepted as credits in pedagogical studies for teachers?

For completed basic studies in education, adult education, vocational education or special pedagogy, 10 ECTS credits will be accepted in pedagogical studies for teachers. As a result, students need to complete 50 ECTS credits.

7. After completing my studies, where and what will I be qualified to teach?

The pedagogical studies for teachers of 60 ECTS credits completed at the School of Vocational Teacher Education provide you with pedagogical qualifications for all forms of schools. Each student's degree defines where and what they are qualified to teach. For example, an engineer (University of Applied Sciences) is qualified to teach their professional field at the upper secondary level, whereas a person with a Master's Degree in Science is also qualified to teach at Universities of Applied Sciences. Teachers of common subjects are qualified to teach their major subject and those subjects where they have completed studies of at least 60 ECTS credits.

8. When and where does teaching take place?

The School of Vocational Teacher Education is located in Oulu at Kiviharjuntie 4. In Rovaniemi the teaching premises are at the Rantavitikka Campus of the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Jokiväylä 11. In the regional groups in Tornio,  Kuusamo and Kajaani students are informed about the teaching places before the beginning of the studies.

Teaching mainly takes place during weekdays from 9-16. There are autumn, spring and summer semesters. During the summer months you can study online, make aquarium exams and participate in elective studies in June.