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Higher Education Pedagogy


25 credits + 35 credits




English (Swedish and Finnish)

Apply time

Continious for separate courses / Spring 2020 for eligibility

Why Study Higher Education Pedagogy?

When teaching in Higher Education you need a good pedagogical and didactic basis to stand on. When you study courses in Higher Education Pedagogy, you will get both theory and practice that support your teaching and the guidance you provide. As a teacher within higher education, you need to cooperate, work for a networking teacher culture and continuously work with your own continuing education.


All of the courses within the intermediate study module in Higher Education Pedagogy are flexible hybrid courses. The participation takes place online or on site in Vaasa or Turku alongside the participants own work.


The language of instruction is English. The examination of the separate courses derives, as far as, possible from the participants’ mother tongue.

Can I take separate Courses for Continuing Education? 

If you like to broaden your competences in order to, for example, qualify for a position or to enhance your pedagogical knowledge, you can choose to take separate courses in Higher Education Pedagogy.

Application for separate courses in higher education pedagogy will open later in spring

Can I complete Qualifying studies in Higher Education Pedagogy?

If you plan to complete 60 credits, you first need to complete 25 credits in Basic Studies in Pedagogy, then apply for Intermediate Studies in Higher Education Pedagogy (35 credits) and complete them in order to obtain full pedagogical qualifications in accordance with the Teaching Qualification Decree (986/1998). For those admitted to qualifying studies in Higher Education Pedagogy, you will have the pedagogical qualifications for teacher positions after completing 60 credits in Higher Education Pedagogy.

Admission for qualifying Teacher Studies in Higher Education Pedagogy (60 ECTS), spring 2020, only in Swedish

In order to be eligible for the spring admission for the qualifying teacher studies at Åbo Akademi you need to fulfill the Swedish language criteria of Åbo Akademi. For more information, see our Swedish pages. You will though be able to take our intermediate courses in Higher Education Pedagogy during the academic year 2020, the course offering will be published later in spring. The courses are offered to Åbo Akademi university staffa and our cooperation partners.

Courses within Higher Education Pedagogy (60 credits): 

Basic Studies in Pedagogy, 25 credits: 

You can complete the Basic Studies in Pedagogy at any university in Finland.

Intermediate Studies in Higher Education 35 credits: 

HP00BQ02 Didactical design of courses in higher education, 5 ECTS
HP00BQ03 Learning in networks 1, digital learning in higher education, 5 ECTS
HP00BQ04 Learning in networks 2, digital tools for teaching, 5 ECTS
HP00BQ12 Teaching practice 1, 5 ECTS
HP00BQ05 Curriculum leadership in higher education, 5 ECTS
HP00BQ09 Research and development work, 5 ECTS
HP00BQ06 Teaching practice 2, 5ECTS

Contact us

Anna Granberg

Planerare,  Pedagogisk utvecklare


Tel. +358 504712416