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Vocational adult education and training leads to a qualification, whereas liberal adult education and training does not.

Adult education and training is provided at all levels of education, from basic education to higher education. Liberal adult education and training is an important part of adult education and training.

OAJ highlights the notion of lifelong learning, and adult education and training fits in nicely with this notion. Every year, some 1.7 million people take part in adult education and training in Finland.

Could I be an adult education and training and liberal adult education and training teacher?

The teaching of liberal adult education and training is not necessarily planned; rather, it is often the outcome of different life stages.

Studies indicate that the level of commitment in adult education centres is high, and teachers often enjoy long careers in the same educational institution.

Where does an adult education and training and liberal adult education and training teacher work?

Adult vocational basic and further education leading to a degree is based on the competence-based qualification system. Universities of applied sciences and universities also offer adult education and training geared towards a profession.

Liberal adult education and training institutions consist of adult education centres, folk high schools, study centres, sports institutes and summer universities.

How does one become an adult education and training and liberal adult education and training teacher?

Vocational adult education and training teachers consist of vocational teachers whose qualifications are laid down in the teaching qualifications decree. As a general rule, they have completed the ‘specialist in competence-based qualifications’ programme.

Liberal adult education and training teachers have completed the appropriate university degree and pedagogical studies. A person who has completed sufficient studies that are required for teachers applying Steiner pedagogy and which are applicable to the job are also qualified to teach.