• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The Early Childhood Education program offered by Tampere University includes basic and intermediate studies in education and also offers students the opportunity to enrol in other courses available at the Tampere higher education community. Students may also make an exchange period abroad a part of the studies.

Students graduating from the programme are experts on matters related to childhood, such as growth, development, and learning. They also understand the importance of responsiveness and interaction in education and teaching and are able to use scientific knowledge in their work.

With such a skill set, the graduates are professionals who will be able to develop and change the world of education in their work environment. Students will be well prepared to meet the constant demands of society and find jobs as kindergarten teachers, pre-school teachers, directors of day care centres or in educational development tasks.

Career prospects

The Faculty of Education and Culture has close cooperation with various work life organisations. In the studies of early childhood education supervised work-based practice periods are a central part of the studies. These periods offer the students a real work life learning environment and the possibility for versatile development projects.

The working life cooperation in early childhood education is based on a wide network of day care centres. The research based developmental projects in day care centres are carried out by the students and staff together in cooperation.

The graduates find placements as kindergarten teachers, pre-school teachers, directors of daycare centers or development tasks in the field.

The possibilities of employment are good in the field of education.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The students of early childhood education have the right to complete the Bachelor of Education degree. The Degree programme in Educational Studies comprises Bachelor's programme and Master's studies in education and social research.

In bachelor level studies the student will acquaint themselves with the current research topics in education and with the principles of theory formation in education and teaching. Early childhood education studies consist of subject specific contents essential to early childhood education and pedagogy. The education is based on extensive educational expertise. The bachelor’s degree consists of both joint studies for all students and specialized and optional studies, including studies from different faculties.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

Eligible applicants hold an upper secondary education certificate - the Finnish matriculation examination, the International Baccalaureate, the European Baccalaureate, Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung or any other comparable upper secondary educational qualification which provides eligibility to University-level Bachelor’s studies in the country in question.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Tampere

  • 869 - 1290 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


A substantial number of scholarships are available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.

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