Developing Education

University Pedagogy at the University of Jyväskylä

University pedagogy refers broadly to the development and research of university education, that is, learning, teaching and guidance. It also refers to the promotion of pedagogical skills for teachers and educational communities. As a field of study, university pedagogy is multidisciplinary, and especially involves behavioural and social sciences such as education, psychology, philosophy and sociology.

The purpose of university pedagogy studies is to develop a personal, reflective and analytical relationship to teaching and guidance. The studies utilise participants’ earlier experiences through sharing and deepening of concepts. University pedagogy studies strengthen pedagogical expertise and encourage teachers to participate in the multidisciplinary teacher community.

University Pedagogy studies at the University of Jyväskylä

The University Pedagogy studies consist of basic studies (YPE 25 ECTS credits) and pedagogical studies corresponding to intermediate/subject studies (APO 35 ECTS credits). Basic Studies in University Pedagogy are intended for the staff and students of the University of Jyväskylä. The studies offer employees who provide teaching and guidance at universities an opportunity to deepen their understanding of university education and their roles as teachers and, thus, help them to develop their teaching and guidance skills.

Studies in University Pedagogy

After the basic studies, it is possible to complete Pedagogical Studies in Adult Education. These comprise teachers’ pedagogical studies in which the participant can specialise in adult education and gain a formal teacher qualification, in compliance with Section 19 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). The studies last one academic year (from September to May). It is possible to complete the studies alongside one’s work, provided the participant is able to participate in the classroom study periods. The target is to develop the participants’ pedagogical thinking and working methods. Teachers become more aware of their own actions as teachers, what teaching methods suit them best and their personal teaching philosophies.

Other pedagogical training at the University of Jyväskylä

TACE, Teaching Academic Content through Englishsupports English-medium teaching at the University. Its purpose is to develop teachers’ skills in intercultural communication and English-medium teaching.

The University of Jyväskylä also organises other specialised staff training to meet the needs of teachers. For more information on this training, please see the Staff Training Portal (access only in the JYU network).