Education and Adult Education

Easy to Find and Easy to Join

The disciplines of Education and Adult Education is situated on the beautiful Ruusupuisto building, close to the town center. Our scientific community is presently comprised of around 30 teachers and researchers, in addition to 300 students majoring in education or adult education. The facilities in the Ruusupuisto building are first-class, a flexible approach is taken to studying, versatile methods of instruction are used, and the staff-student interaction is open and informal. The work of both students and staff is facilitated by the close proximity of the National Central Library of Education, the Institute for Educational Research and other departments of the Faculty of Education and Psychology, all located in the same building.

Professionals in the Field of Education

The subjects taught as majors are education and adult education. The annual intake is 50 students, ten of whom will already have completed their basic studies in education at the Open University. The degree of Bachelor of Arts (Education) requires three years and the degree of Master of Arts (Education) additional two years. (Students who have completed their basic studies in education at the Open University may be able to complete their master’s degree in as little as two years.) The master's graduates find work in company personnel administration, planning or training, as experts in the fields of education and social services, as researchers, and through special training as teachers in adult education.

Versatile Ways of Studying

Teaching is based on the areas of research strength in the discipline. Students become familiar with the various topics, basic issues, concepts and theories as well as the used research methodologies in the fields of education and adult education. At the end of their master’s studies, they engage in a period of practical training in either research, personnel training or administration. Students choose their thesis topics according to the research interests of the discipline. This facilitates the transition to postgraduate studies supervised in the discipline.

Students can follow their own interests and choose their minor subjects from different faculties or universities. Minors in disciplines in the own faculty or Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, such as psychology, sociology, and philosophy are among the most popular. Subjects within economics, information technology, and arts education, as well as in communication and languages, are suitable for the degree.

Since the year 2000, the Department of Education has arranged pedagogical studies for adult educators working in the fields of adult education or non-formal adult education. The pedagogical studies are provided annually for about 35 students within our discipline and for 60 external students.

Research Focusing on the Whole Life Span

Our research strengths have been built on the basis of success in gaining external funding for research, publication of articles in international refereed journals, and on the number of postgraduate students. In addition, we support innovative research in our specialist areas. Our research strengths are:

I Collaborative learning and different learning environments

II Child rearing, parenthood and family relations

III Professional identity and adult learning

The ERASMUS international student exchange programme offers our students the opportunity to deepen their professional expertise by gaining familiarity with different perspectives on education and different research traditions. We have ERASMUS agreements, for example, with the following universities: University of London (United Kingdom), Universität Hamburg (Germany), Universität Zürich (Switzerland), and Tallinna Ülikool (Estonia).