Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö

Teacher Education in Finland

The teaching profession is highly respected in Finland. Teaching qualifications are prescribed by law and vary for different kinds of teachers. These national requirements guarantee that the standard of teacher education remains high.

All teaching has both educational and teaching curriculum objectives, although the age of pupils and the size of classes vary greatly. Nowadays a teacher’s work has changed from dispensing knowledge to guiding learning. In addition to doing the teaching, teachers have to plan it and interact with colleagues, pupils and their parents, and many different contact groups.

OAJ, the Trade Union of Education in Finland, is involved in promoting teacher education by influencing decisions concerning educational policy and the development of the educational and pedagogical system. The association for students in teacher education, the Student Teachers’ Union of Finland – SOOL, is part of the OAJ organization.