Vocational Qualification in Education and Guidance


A vocational qualification in education and guidance prepares you to work in different education, guidance, planning or assistance tasks as either a children’s instructor or a youth and community instructor. Depending on the chosen competence area, your studies will focus on working with children, young people or adults. Positivity, creativity and bravery, good communication and interaction skills as well as responsibility and reliability are needed in the field of education and guidance.

Children’s instructor and youth and community instructor

Do you like working with children? Are you creative and do you have good interaction skills? As a children’s instructor, you can be part of promoting the comprehensive well-being of children in, for example, a day-care centre. Are you courageous, inspiring and natural within group work? As a youth and community instructor, you can utilise your own areas of interest, creativity and special competence when guiding different people and groups.

Competence area in early childhood education and family welfare: children’s instructor

As a children’s instructor, you work in tasks related to education and guidance and care for a child’s comprehensive well-being. You will instruct children of various ages and work together with the parents. You can utilise your own areas of interest and creativity. Expressive working methods, such as music, physical activity and handicrafts, are an important part of the work of a children’s instructor. The employment situation for children’s instructors is good.

You will work in different tasks in early childhood education, such as a childcarer in early childhood education and care or as a child educator in a parish’s early childhood education and family work. You can study to become a children’s instructor at all our campus locations as well as in other cities, such as Helsinki, Kuopio and Tampere.

Composition of the qualification, children’s educator

Compulsory units of the qualification

  • Professional encounters, education and instruction
  • Promoting the growth, wellbeing and learning of children
  • Implementation of pedagogical activity in early childhood education and care

Compulsory optional units of the qualification

  • Working with families and cross-sectoral cooperation OR
  • Working with families and cross-sectoral cooperation in the working environment of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Optional units of the qualification

  • Instructing volunteer and organisational activities
  • Instructing activities for the elderly
  • Instructing methods of expression
  • Instructing physical activities
  • Instructing nature and experience activities
  • Instructing persons in need of support

Common units of the qualification

• Communication and interaction competence
• Mathematics and science competence
• Citizenship and working life competence

Competence area in youth and community instruction: youth and community instructor

As a youth and community instructor, you will instruct people of different ages and backgrounds as individuals and in groups. You can utilise your own areas of interest, creativity and special competence in the fields of physical activity, nature and experience activity, culture, media and online instruction, information and counselling services for young people or handicrafts, among others.

You may work in tasks in municipal youth work, child welfare, projects, after school activities, targeted youth work, instructing the elderly and activity instructor as well as in different tasks in civic and organisational activity.

You can study to become a youth and community instructor at all our campus locations as well as in other cities, such as Helsinki, Kuopio and Tampere.

Composition of the qualification, youth and community instructor

Compulsory units of the qualification

  • Professional encounters, education and instruction
  • Instruction of the individual, groups and community
  • Promoting the growth and wellbeing of young people
  • Support and social empowerment for inclusion

Optional units of the qualification

  • Instructing volunteer and organisational activities
  • Instructing activities for the elderly
  • Instructing methods of expression
  • Instructing physical activities
  • Instructing nature and experience activities
  • Instructing persons in need of support

Common units of the qualification

  • Communication and interaction competence
  • Mathematics and science competence
  • Citizenship and working life competence

Read more about completing a qualification and acquiring competence.

Application

The qualification programme has a rolling application process (in Finnish). You can also look at our qualification options using the search function (in Finnish)

The spring joint application procedure is for students completing their basic education, upper secondary school graduates and others without a vocational secondary education qualification. The admitted students begin their school year in August. The date of the spring joint application procedure varies annually; more information on the studyinfo.fi website.

Costs

The qualification programme is free for the student

Higher education

A vocational qualification confers a general eligibility for higher education studies in universities and universities of applied sciences.

Student dormitory

Our campuses have their own student dormitories. The rooms are generally two-person rooms and they are primarily intended to house those students who live far away or for whom commuting is difficult. More information about the housing (in Finnish)

Ask for more information

Järvenpää and Helsinki (joint application, rolling admission)

Väisänen, Marko, Guidance Counsellor
marko.vaisanen@step.fi
tel. +358 40 511 9963

Järvenpää and Helsinki (rolling admission, apprenticeship training)

Tassi, Riikka, Guidance Counsellor
riikka.tassi@step.fi
tel. +358 (0)44 906 3233

Kaustinen

Myllymäki Maarit, Guidance Councellor
maarit.myllymaki@step.fi
tel. +358 40 090 2165

Lapua and Tampere

Ketola, Elina, Guidance Councellor
elina.ketola@step.fi
Tel. +358 40 355 3035

Pieksämäki and Kuopio

Hynninen, Tiina, Guidance Counsellor
tiina.hynninen@step.fi
tel. +358 (0)40 193 4893

Ruokolahti

Häkkinen, Sanna, Guidance Counsellor
sanna.hakkinen@step.fi
Tel. +685 40 592 0180

Ask for more information about apprenticeship training

Järvenpää

Seppälä, Leena, Apprenticeship Coordinator
leena.seppala@step.fi
tel. +358 (0)44 358 9038

Pieksämäki

Pettinen, Heli, Apprenticeship Coordinator
heli.pettinen@step.fi
tel. +358 (0)40 665 8222