Master's Degree Programme in Learning, Teaching and Counselling in Intercultural Context
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.