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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?

For those of you who teach at a Higher Education unit, the courses in Higher Education Pedagogy provide a good pedagogical and didactic basis to stand on. You’ll 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.  

Target groups?

The target groups for studies in Higher Education Pedagogy, which is handled and examined by Åbo Akademi University, are teachers, researchers and administrative staff at Hanken School of Economics, VAMK University of Applied Sciences, University of Vaasa, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Novia University of Applied Sciences  and Åbo Akademi University. 


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? 

For those of you who wants to broaden your competence 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 courses in higher education pedagogy 2019-20 is closed:
  • Digital teaching and learning in higher education, 5 ECTS, HP00BQ03 (application has closed)
  • Teaching practice 1, 5 ECTS, HP00BQ12 (application has closed)
  • Didactical design of courses in higher education, 5 ECTS, HP00BQ02 (application has closed)
  • Digital tools for teaching and learning , 5 ECTS, HP00BQ04 (application has closed)

Can I complete Qualifying studies in Higher Education Pedagogy?

If you plan to absolve 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 completed 60 credits in Higher Education Pedagogy. The following call for qualifying studies opens in the spring of 2020. 

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