Read the general instructions for recipients of a recognition decision.
- on your eligibility for a teaching post in Finland
- on the recognition of your studies as comparable to the teacher education studies or
- on sufficient studies for teaching in a foreign language.
The qualification requirements for teachers have been defined in the Decree on qualification requirements for teaching staff (986/1998). The Finnish National Agency for Education's decision provides eligibility in terms of the education required for the profession.
For example, if work experience or language proficiency is required for the post, the employer will check that you have the required work experience or language proficiency.
How do I complete the additional requirement?
In the decision, you may be required to complete some studies, an adaptation period or an aptitude test as an additional requirement.
The following instructions for completing the additional requirements have been classed according to the type of the decision.
How do I prove my language proficiency?
If there are language proficiency requirements for a teaching post, you must separately prove to the employer that you have the required language proficiency.
The language proficiency requirements for teachers have been defined in the Decree on qualification requirements for teaching staff.
Below you will find examples of the language proficiency requirements for teachers:
- If you teach in basic education or pre-primary education, you must have excellent oral and written skills in the language of instruction of the school.
- It you teach in general upper secondary education, you must master the language of instruction. If you teach mother tongue and literature, you must have excellent oral and written skills in the language concerned.
- If you teach in vocational education and training, you must master the language of instruction. If you teach mother tongue, you must have excellent oral and written skills in the language concerned.
You can prove your proficiency in Finnish or Swedish, for example, with
- a civil service language proficiency certificate
- a national language proficiency certificate
- in some situations, with a Finnish degree certificate
If you teach in basic education, have qualified as a teacher in Sweden and have completed your teaching practice in Swedish, you will probably not need a separate certificate of excellent proficiency in oral and written Swedish.
Further information on teaching professions
Read more about teaching professions on our website describing Finnish National Agency for Education’s decisions on the recognition of teaching qualifications and teacher education studies.