Monika Naukkarinen and Antti Virtalaine performed at the graduation ceremony. Picture: Pekka Kalli
100 new vocational teachers and 22 vocational special needs teachers graduated from the Teacher Education Centre of TAMK this year. The graduation ceremonies took place on Friday the 6th of June.
The extent of vocational teacher education is 60 credits, and the students complete their studies alongside working in 1-2 years. The education grants the pedagogical qualifications to teach in vocational schools and universities of applied sciences, and also in general education institutions and non-formal adult education centres. The special needs education training consists of 60 credits of extension studies for teachers who already have completed their pedagogical qualifications, and grants the qualifications to teach as special needs teacher in various educational levels.
In addition to the teacher education groups in Tampere, there were groups in Kuopio, Pori, Lappeenranta, Kokkola and Seinäjoki. Some of the new teachers have completed their studies as on-line studies.
The education is organised by the Teacher Education Centre at TAMK (TAOKK), which is one of the five vocational teacher education centres in Finland. The next application period for vocational teacher education and special needs teacher education is in January 2011.