Master's Level Community Education

Pitkähiuksinen piirretty hahmo seisoo korokkeella ja kastelee kastelukannulla erilaisia kukkasia.

The focus of the Community Educator (Master’s Degree) is in community development. A community educator (Master’s) is a master’s degree that promotes your career and raises your salary level. The training prepares professionals in the field to perform demanding management and development tasks in various communities. It also equips you to operate in international and multicultural environments. You can apply for training after gaining two years of work experience after a bachelor’s degree.

Graduates have the professional skills and methods to develop their own work and to develop the industry more broadly. Applicants often have close connections with their working life and during the training there is an opportunity to develop the activities of their own organization in the development task included in the studies. Applicants for training work in youth work, in the field of organizations or in companies in personnel positions.

Joint Application Period 2021

Second higher education joint application spring period begins in 2021 (March 17, 2021 at 08:00 – March 31, 2021 at 15:00).

Find out more about training, eligibility and other information related to applying in the Studyinfo (the link takes you to another site).

Degree title and duration of studies

The scope of the degree in Community Education (Master’s Degree) is 90 ECTS and the planned duration of studies is 1.5 years (three semesters). The language of instruction is Finnish. The next training will start on 26.8.2021.

Teaching method and contact teaching days

Study days for the autumn semester, when the focus is on advanced professional studies for community educators and thesis studies:

  • 26.-27.8.2021
  • 15.-17.9.2021
  • 13.-15.10.2021
  • 24.-26.11.2021
  • 9.-10.12. 2021

In addition to these, the autumn semester includes webinars related to different study courses, independent and small group work, and the promotion of one’s own thesis. There are also joint webinar meetings under the supervision of the thesis. Some of the courses are carried out in co-operation with cultural management education.

Contact teaching is organized in Helsinki at the RDI Center in Ilkka (Ilkantie 4, 00400 Helsinki).

Content of Education

The emphasis in the training is on the research and development approach based on the development challenges of working life and the field. This means an opportunity for the wider development of one’s own work and industry, as well as for the evaluation of changes in working life.

The education offers an alternative based on a university degree that differs from a university degree.

The main contents of the education are

  • community development
  • production services
  • workplace development and development methods
  • pedagogical competence
  • communication and interaction
  • international work and operating environment
  • research method studies and thesis studies

Working Life

The degree provides qualifications for positions where the eligibility requirement is a master’s degree.

Those who have attended the training program have

  • the opportunity to apply for and work in demanding management and development positions in various communities
  • ability to operate in international and multicultural environments
  • professional skills and methods for developing one’s own work and for the wider development of the industry