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The University of Turku has a strong and internationally distinguished position as a multidisciplinary scientific university. The six faculties and separate institutes, which specialise in a number of different scholarship areas, provide an all-round foundation for high-quality research and training for competent professionals.

The Faculty of Education is the fourth largest of the six faculties in the University of Turku.

The Faculty was founded in 1974. It consists of the Department of Education, located in Turku, and two Departments of Teacher Education, one in Turku and the other in Rauma ( 90 km up the coast).

Research in the Faculty covers the whole lifespan. There are two research centres inside the Faculty: The Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE) and the Centre for Learning Research (CLR). The research on sociology of education, psychology of education and history of education are strong. Research in learning and schooling is one of the official top areas of the University. Research areas include for example learning and learning environments, lifelong learning, comparative education, higher education, connections between education and working life, learning at work, youth education, early childhood education and special education.

The Faculty educates widely qualified and professionally skilled experts of education and schooling. The Faculty offers graduate programmes (B.A., M.A., Phil. Lic. and Ph.D.) with majors in Education, Adult Education, Special Education and Crafts Education. In addition, the Faculty qualifies subject teachers by offering pedagogical studies in teacher education as minor studies for students majoring at the University's other faculties. The student body numbers about 2200.