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Introduction to the Finnish Education System

Explore the renowned Finnish schooling system and how you can use its techniques to enhance your teaching practices.

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Introduction to the Finnish Education System

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  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Recognise the key elements of the Finnish education system

Finland has a unique educational model, incorporating pedagogy of play and joy in early years, and increasing the responsibility and autonomy of students in later years. This, along with its acclaimed teacher training practices, means it is often looked at as one of the top schooling systems in the world.

On this three-week course from the University of Jyväskylä, you’ll delve into the structural and organisational features of Finnish education.

From daycare centres and schools to higher and adult education, you’ll explore the key elements of Finland’s schooling system to understand what makes it so exceptional.

Explore the pedagogy behind the theoretical principles and practices

You’ll examine the methods of assessment, teaching style, and schooling structure in Finnish schools.

Through this, you’ll learn about the pedagogy that drives the educational principles and practices designed to position students for success.

Delve into the special education support system for learners of different levels

A central driving force of Finnish education is the belief in equal opportunity.

On this course, you’ll be exposed to the support systems offered to teachers as well as those offered to lower-achieving students or learners with special needs. You’ll explore the methods of support and be equipped with skills to utilise them within your own field.

Study with the teaching and education experts at the University of Jyväskylä

With the guidance of the University of Jyväskylä’s experts, you’ll have access to top-tier Finnish educational methodology.

This knowledge from one of the world’s best educational systems will empower you to influence educational thinking and practices for the better.


  • Week 1

    Learning is an outcome of an active engagement

    • Introduction to the course Education in Finland

      This activity introduces the content and practicalities of the course. You will set your personal learning goals.

    • Education in Finland and Finnish Education System

      After this activity you should be able to summarize the key points and principles of education system and governance, and to reflect the connectedness of social context and education as a systemic phenomenon.

    • What is Learning?

      After this activity you will be able to understand learning as an outcome of an active engagement and the implications of different learning theories and conceptualisations.

    • Foundations of sustainable education are layed in childhood

      You will understand why early childhood education and care are foundational for educational arrangements and structures, and that these have numerous societal conenctions that need to be understood for succesful implementation.

  • Week 2

    The fundamental elements of Finnish education

    • Early childhood education with pre-school lay the basis for formal education system and learning

      You will learn how Finnish comprehensive school builds on quality early childhood education and care, and aims to provide equal opportunities for quality education to all children.

    • Comprehensive school system

      In this activity you will learn how publicly funded and driven comprehensive school network is broad and offers same education opportunities to all children.

    • Equal opportunities, empower people to achieve their full potentials

      This activity introduces the principles of general and vocational upper secondary education and training that allows equal possibility for all young people to continue education to higher levels.

  • Week 3

    Radical view on equality

    • Educational support and guidance services are multiprofessional teams

      In this activity you will learn about basic principles of educational support and special education.

    • Education is part of a society

      In this activity you will learn about connections between educational and social policies and about educational leadership in the Finnish context.

    • What will you take with you?

      Further directions to continue your learning journey

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the fundamental elements of Finnish education
  • Explain the meaning of structural and organisational features of education in different levels of education and schooling
  • Discuss key theoretical principles and pedagogical practices
  • Explain how students' learning processes, well-being and transitions are supported
  • Compare a familiar education system with Finnish education system

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers, ECE personnel, or childcare workers interested in education and educational systems.

It will also be of interest to those developing educational thinking and practices on a personal level or within a school system.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

University of Jyväskylä

Unique and international. Innovative and dynamic. Warm and cool. Located at the heart of Finland, the University of Jyväskylä is a world-class university where cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research meets open and energetic communality. We bring together education and psychology, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, sport and health sciences, information technology and business and economics into a multidisciplinary whole brimming with the latest knowledge and skills.

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    Jyväskylä, Finland
  • World ranking

    Top 350Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

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