In Finland, teachers are trusted, appreciated and educated in advanced degree programs. Becoming and being a teacher starts with earning a placement at one of the country’s highly selective teacher education programs.
In Finland, most of the teacher practice periods take place in practice schools — public schools that are connected to universities and their teacher education programs. Theory and practice are closely intertwined. Teaching practice is conceptualized and deeply reflected upon. The aim is to educate competent, reflective teachers who develop their practice.
As noted in the Empowered Educators study of teacher quality, teachers in Finland are seen as professionals who receive a top-notch education.