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Join our global community of educators and learn how to implement Finnish-style, play-based learning with our digital teacher training program! Watch the webinar to find out more about the HEI Schools Teacher Diploma.

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HEI Schools Teacher Diploma

We offer an international teacher training program for any teacher looking to develop as an early childhood educator.

The course, developed by Professor Lasse Lipponen from the University of Helsinki and the HEI Schools pedagogical team, is designed for educators who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the Finnish play-based pedagogy. 

You will receive a diploma upon completion.

In this course, we offer:

  • Engaging reading materials
  • Practical work-related assignments (also applicable if not currently teaching)
  • Insightful articles and other academic reading material
  • Helpful videos with subtitles*
  • Peer sharing within the active online community
  • Live Q&A sessions monthly with HEI Schools’ pedagogical team

10 modules of relevant topics

All modules focus on different aspects of ECE,  such as play and learning, special needs and inclusion, and working with families.


Over 30 practical assignments

The program includes over 30 assignments. Some of them are very practical, like planning activities to do with children, while some are more reflective in nature.


A community of over 200 educators

The Diploma community is over 200 people strong, with users logging in from over 35 different countries every day.


The HEI Schools Diploma is currently offered as a one time payment of 490 Euros. Head over to the HEI Shop to purchase it!

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Who can benefit from the Teacher Diploma?

  • ECE Professionals looking to specialize
  • Homeschoolers
  • Education entrepeneurs
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It is absolutely wonderful! I found it so informative and I just loved the way you broke it down into milestones and it was so granular. That's the part that really appealed to me for somebody who is just getting into this space. I think that's a very good first step you have.

Jayaradha Shankar

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I like HEI School because it has the highest standards of safety and education.I have been teaching preschoolers for nine years and counting, and never in my entire career have I experienced this way of training.

Randy Matito

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I feel confident in taking the course even though I’m working in a full-time position simply because the platform is so awesome and practical and I can do it all at my own pace. I also love the fact that I can apply all the methods I’m learning with the kids I work with and improve our daily routines.

Bianca de Cassia Garcia


I enjoy the HEI Teacher Certificate program as it's well-designed and easy to follow even for someone who has no foundation in early childhood pedagogy. The program has guided me through important aspects of play-based learning step by step with practical assignments and ideas that could be used in real-life situations.

Nararat Vachiramanaporn

Course Content

Below are the 10 modules that you complete over the course of the Teacher Diploma program. Under each one you can read more about what it includes. 

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Module 1.How Children Learn

Deepen your understanding of the milestonees of human development, learn pedagogical methods to support holistic development and to promote second language learning.

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Module 2.Child Observation, Documentation and Evaluation

Get familiar with the areas, methods and tools for observation, documentation and evaluation. Learn how to engage in self-evaluation and use it to improve your teaching practices.


Module 3.Play and Learning

Learn theories of play and why play is important for children. Deepen your knowledge of the teacher’s role in play and how you can use play to support children’s learning and development.

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Module 4.Children’s Rights

Understand how you can make children’s rights visible in the learning environment, teach social sustainability and global awareness, and ensure children’s safety and participation.

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Module 5.Learning Areas and Transversal Skills

Learn about the key transversal skills as the basis for lifelong learning. Get familiar with the holistic framework of Finnish early education and ways to use everyday routines as learning moments.
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Module 6.Collaborative Inquiry-Based Learning

Get familiar with inquiry-based learning and how and why to implement it in the classroom. Learn practical ways to create, document and evaluate projects together with children.

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Module 7.Inclusion, Diversity and Special Needs

Learn how to recognize and understand diversity and the most common special educational needs of young learners. Get familiar with working methods to promote inclusion.

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Module 8.Pedagogical Planning

Get familiar with methods of short- and long-term pedagogical planning in the Finnish early childhood education context and how to incorporate child and family participation into these plans.

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Module 9.Working with Families

Get familiar with the diversity of families and how to encounter and work with different family types. Understand common challenges in collaboration and strategies to overcome them.

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Module 10.Teacher’s Professional Development

Get familiar with the importance of continuous professional development and reflective practice. Get support in planning your own growth and ways  to stay inspired as an early years professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to participate in this course?

All you need is access to a computer and the internet. Everything is online and available on demand so that you can study at your own pace.

What life and work experiences would support this diploma?

Previous studies in education, experience working with children in either teaching or caretaking, and an interest in early childhood education would all be helpful to have while taking this program.

How long is the course?

This is an on-demand course and you can do it at your own pace. We do, however, recommend finishing your studies anywhere from 6 months to 2 years after you begin the course in order to get the most out of it.

Meet Professor Lasse Lipponen Professor of Education in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at University of Helsinki


First Prize in Future Learning Environment, an educational technology competition at University of Helsinki (1999)

Recipient of Good Teacher award at the University of Helsinki (2008)

Author of over 100 research articles on teaching and learning with a focus on empathy, compassion, play and organizational development

Prof. Lipponen’s development and research work has been funded by: 

  • European Union

  • Singapore Ministry of Education

  • Lien Foundation Singapore

  • Academy of Finland

  • Aaltonen Foundation

  • The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation

  • Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

  • Finnish National Agency for Education

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Learn more about the Diploma in our webinar

Join our global community of educators and learn how to implement Finnish-style, play-based learning with our digital teacher training program!

Watch the webinar to find out more about what the HEI Schools teacher diploma is, its modules and content, and how it can help you develop as a teacher.