You can accredit competence you have acquired in other studies, in working life or in other contexts. The forms of accreditation are substitution, inclusion and recognition of prior learning.  

Figure 5. Accrediting at the School of Professional Teacher Education

Substitution 

Substitution refers to substituting the courses/studies with corresponding courses/studies completed elsewhere in the same field of study. The following Teacher Education courses can be accredited through substitution:  

  • Lifelong Learning (8 cr) 
  • Education and Society (8 cr)  

Inclusion

Inclusion refers to the inclusion of courses/studies completed elsewhere in the studies. You can include 5–15 credits’ worth of studies completed elsewhere in Developing Pedagogical Skills and Competence (15 credits) if the studies support your personal objectives for Teacher Education and they have been completed after 1 January 2015. The Teacher Education College will make the decision about the inclusion of the studies you have suggested.  

Recognition of prior learning  

The starting point of recognition of prior learning is the learning described as a curricular objective, which you have acquired in any way, in any place, and at any time.   

The Teacher Education studies that can be accredited through the recognition of prior learning are the following:  

  • Teacher’s Developing Work Environment (8 cr)  
  • Developing Pedagogical Skills and Competences (15 cr) 

In order to have the competence related to  Teacher’s Developing Work Environment accredited, you will assess, describe and demonstrate your competence in a manner described in the course description. The Teacher Education College will assess your competence and make the decision about the accreditation based on the materials you provide.  

For Developing Pedagogical Skills and Competences, you can have 5, 10, or 15 credits’ worth of prior competence you have acquired in working life or in another environment accredited. To have your prior competence recognised, you will need to assess, describe and demonstrate your competence according to separate instructions. The Teacher Education College will assess your competence and make the decision about the accreditation based on the materials you provide.  

The evaluation decisions for replacements and inclusions are made by the Study Counsellor. 

When recognising prior learning, the evaluation decision will be made by your teacher trainer.  

The instructions and forms for the substitution and inclusion of studies and recognition of prior learning.