Department of Teacher Education
History and structure. The Department of Teacher Education has its roots in the first Finnish-language teacher training college, Jyväskylä Teacher Seminary founded in 1863. In 1934, this teacher training college became the College of Education, in turn becoming the University of Jyväskylä in 1966. The Faculty of Education eventually became the fifth independent faculty of the University of Jyväskylä in 1973. In 1979 teacher education became university-level education with the qualification of a Master's degree in Education.
The department belongs to the Faculty of Education which currently has the following structure:
3) Teacher Training School
Programmes The Department of Teacher Education educates professionals for teaching and counselling (from preschool to vocational institutions and adult education) through
- a degree programme in primary school teacher education (MEd after the completion of BEd)
- a Master's programme in school counselling
- Teachers’ pedagogical studies for subject teachers: basic studies and intermediate studies
- Qualification studies for school counsellors
Research Our goal is to produce and provide an effective environment for high quality research with international and national visibility and high scientific and societal relevance and impact. Active development of teacher education, its practices and curriculum has a long tradition both within the unit and the University Training School ("Normal School"), which collaborates closely with the Department of Teacher Education. See Recent Publications
The core fields of study include the following:
- Teacher education and professional development of teachers (Key research group: "Teacher selection and professional growth: transition to working life and continuing teacher education")
- Learning and teaching processes (Key research group: "Learning in interaction: Teacher-student interactions and communication in teaching and learning contexts"
- Educational impact within and beyond the school context
- Counselling in school and work contexts
Broadly-based Teacher Education - Lifelong Professional Growth. The Department of Teacher Education educates professionals who are able to respond to the changing needs of school and teaching profession and the challenges of lifelong continuing education. Our goal is to facilitate the students’ growth into autonomous, self-reflective, ethically responsible educators with a strong research foundation and ability to participate in the professional and scientific community of their field. This is achieved by creating a dialogical learning environment, in which students and teachers collaborate in learning encounters and research projects. Students’ growth into active participators in community and societal development is promoted.
The department offers a learning environment which has the following guiding principles:
- Support for growth towards autonomy in one’s pedagogical philosophy (self-reflection, identity formation, critically evaluative stance, awareness of ethical values, and sense of belonging).
- Dialogical interaction (open conversation, shared expertise, equality in a community of learners).
- Integration of research and practical applications for profound understanding of one’s own modes of accomplishment.
- Personal responsibility for learning and agency. Responsibility for learning and assessment falls to the adult learners themselves. Self-awareness and understanding, autonomous thinking, self-confidence and self-respect are emphasized in all learning activities.
- Support for societal awareness and collaboration with internal and external networks (regular contact and cooperation with working life networks).
Staff. The department has a total staff of about 90. The professorships (9) cover the following fields: 1) Education: School pedagogy, 2) Education: Teacher Education, 3) Special Education, 4) Educational Psychology, 5) Educational Psychology, Counselling, 6) Early Childhood and Pre-primary Education, 7) Pedagogy of Mathematics and Sciences, 8) Pedagogy of Foreign Languages, 9) Pedagogy of Finnish Language and Literature.
In addition to Education and Early Years pedagogy, the teaching staff represent all fields of subject areas taught in both comprehensive and general upper secondary schools: Visual Arts, Crafts & Technology Education, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Mother Tongue and Literature, Swedish, foreign languages, Environmental Studies, Biology and Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Health Education, Religion & Ethics, History and Social Sciences, and Psychology.