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This two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Learning, Teaching and Counselling in Intercultural Context is a multidisciplinary programme focusing on different study fields related to education. The programme is divided into orientation, methodological, thematic and other studies. The curriculum of the programme has a global focus and is not limited to one particular research or study field related to education. Instead, it offers a thematic walkthrough through diverse disciplines related to education and pedagogy. Students can flexibly choose their thematic modules according to their personal interests and needs. Students may focus on adult education and counselling, primary or science education and special education.

The thematic module Lifelong Learning focuses on the basics of education, lifelong learning, knowledge society and development of working life. It offers comparative perspectives to questions pertaining to lifelong learning and expertise, educational policy and educational research. It addresses topics, such as, active citizenship, career counseling, life and educational paths of individuals and communities in various social and sociopolitical contexts.

The module Science Education offers students current perspectives on teaching, studying and learning in scientific domains, such as, biology, chemistry, geography and physics. It aims at widening students’ world-view through various scientific key concepts and theories related to the paradigm of education and through the understanding of the interrelationships between natural sciences, technology, society and human beings. It provides students with knowledge of teaching needed mainly on primary and secondary school levels.

The module Primary Education tackles global and current issues of primary education constituting the core of Finnish expertise recognized worldwide. It provides academic tools for developing students’ theoretical and empirical understanding of primary education and children’s development. In the course of their studies, students will learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to observation, monitoring and pedagogical evaluation of children’s development, learning processes and learning environments.

In addition, all students are offered an overview of special education and inclusive education and given a general view of the role of special education in Finnish and other educational systems. These studies focus on learning disabilities and the essential developmental needs in learning social-emotional and analytical skills. They also include a theoretical background of these skills.

Curriculum

Degree Structure

Orientation Studies (6 ECTS)

Orientation studies provide students with the tools indispensable for successful completion of the courses included in the curriculum. They familiarize students with the University of Eastern Finland and the Finnish educational system in general and introduce the main learning objectives, content and evaluation criteria of the Master’s Degree Programme in Learning, Teaching and Counselling in Intercultural Context.

Major Studies (92 ECTS)

Major Studies consist of methodological studies and content studies entailing thematic studies and areas of special interest. Methodological studies aim at deepening students’ knowledge and academic skills related to research methodology in educational sciences. Content studies prepare students to plan and execute their research activities related to the topic of their Master’s thesis: adult education and counselling, special education, science education, or primary education.

Other Studies (22 ECTS)

Other Studies may include any university-level courses that serve to deepen students’ expertise related to the topic of their master’s thesis or personal interests.

Course descriptions, timetables & registration:

Course catalogue with detailed course descriptions can be found in WebOodi.

Erasmus in Schools: A chance to visit Finnish schools

Erasmus in Schools is a nationwide programme aimed at all Erasmus students, European Degree students and EVS volunteers interested in visiting local schools during their stay in Finland. The visitor will be provided with an official Certificate of Participationby the Finnish National Agency for Education. In addition to schools in Joensuu, you may also visit schools in other towns or localities. If you travel outside your town of residence for a school visit, Erasmus in Schools will reimburse your travel costs.

Registration & Further information: Erasmus in Schools

Admission

Number of places

The programme will accept 15 students.

Application period

Application period: 1 November 2018–31 January 2019 15.00 (GMT+2).

Eligibility

A recognized Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree in educational sciences, educational psychology, educational sociology, or equivalent, is required. A few pedagogical courses as part of subject teacher education are not sufficient. In addition, applicants are required to have completed at least 20 ECTS of research methodology courses during their previous studies.

The programme will accept a temporary degree certificate. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate in case the latter cannot be given to student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons. The temporary degree certificate should include the same information as the actual degree certificate. The programme will accept a temporary certificate only if all the studies included in the BA degree have been successfully completed.

The programme will conditionally accept applications from persons who will not have graduated by the time the application period for the programme ends. The conditional applicants are required to indicate their anticipated graduation date in their application and submit an officially certified copy of their last transcript of records by the end of the application period. The conditional applicants must submit their final degree certificate and the final transcript of records to the programme coordinator by 9 August 2019.

English proficiency

Minimum requirements for the language skills verified through the official language tests are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 92
  • PTE (Academic): 62
  • C1 Advanced: 176
  • C2 Proficiency: 176

The English language test is not required from applicants who have successfully completed

  • secondary education or Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
  • a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in English in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), or
  • studies in University of Eastern Finland (formerly University of Joensuu) as exchange students, or
  • International Baccalaureate with English as A1 language.

Ranking of applicants

All applicants will be assessed and placed in the rank order on the basis of the following criteria, each graded from 0 to 10:

  • earlier academic performance and applicability of studies
  • motivation letter.

The candidates for scholarships are placed in the rank order on the basis of the criteria above

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