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Overview Estonia

Contents

Estonia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Estonia:Historical Development

Estonia:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Estonia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Estonia:Political and Economic Situation

Estonia:Organisation and Governance

Estonia:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Estonia:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Estonia:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Estonia:Organisation of Private Education

Estonia:National Qualifications Framework

Estonia:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Estonia:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Estonia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Estonia:Funding in Education

Estonia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Estonia:Higher Education Funding

Estonia:Adult Education and Training Funding

Estonia:Early Childhood Education and Care

Estonia:Organisation

Estonia:Teaching and Learning

Estonia:Assessment

Estonia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Estonia:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Estonia:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Estonia:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Estonia:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Estonia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Estonia:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Estonia:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Estonia:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Estonia:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Estonia:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Estonia:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Estonia:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Estonia:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Estonia:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Estonia:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Estonia:Higher Education

Estonia:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Estonia:First Cycle Programmes

Estonia:Bachelor

Estonia:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Estonia:Second Cycle Programmes

Estonia:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Estonia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Estonia:Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Distribution of Responsibilities

Estonia:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Estonia:Main Providers

Estonia:Main Types of Provision

Estonia:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Estonia:Teachers and Education Staff

Estonia:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Estonia:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Estonia:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Estonia:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Management and Other Education Staff

Estonia:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Estonia:Management Staff for Higher Education

Estonia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Estonia:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Quality Assurance

Estonia:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Estonia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Educational Support and Guidance

Estonia:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Estonia:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Estonia:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Estonia:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Estonia:Mobility and Internationalisation

Estonia:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Mobility in Higher Education

Estonia:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Estonia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Estonia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Estonia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Estonia:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Estonia:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Estonia:National Reforms in School Education

Estonia:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Estonia:National Reforms in Higher Education

Estonia:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Estonia:European Perspective

Estonia:Legislation

Estonia:Glossary

Both the educational institutions providing formal education and those providing further training offer learning opportunities for adults.

Opportunities for acquiring formal education

  • Basic education and general secondary education are provided by upper secondary schools for adults and the departments of non-stationary studies opened with general education schools, the managers of which can be both local governments and companies. According to the data of 2014/2015, there are more than 30 schools in Estonia where adults can pursue studies in the form of non-stationary study. Such opportunities are ensured in all counties of Estonia, except for Põlva County. Learning is free of charge for adults, except for studying in private schools.  
  • Vocational training is provided by vocational educational institutions on the basis of the curricula of the second, third, fourth and fifth level of the professional qualification, including vocational secondary education. A vocational educational institution can be managed by the state, a local government or a company. Schools provide adults with different learning opportunities in the form of both stationary and non-stationary study (opportunities for pursuing studies in the form of cycle studies provided at weekends or in the evenings, with a lower study load or an increased duration of studies) according to need and demand. Learning is free of charge for adults (except for some private schools). An adult aged 22 years and older without basic education can start pursuing studies in vocational secondary education if the school establishes that the learner can cope with it.  
  • An adult learner can acquire higher education in institutions of professional higher education and universities, which can be managed by both the state and a company. A learner can choose to study in full-time or part-time study. Acquisition of higher education is free of charge to those enrolled in full-time study, but mostly payable for those enrolled in part-time study or studying as external students.  


Opportunities for acquiring non-formal education

Non-formal education is provided by both educational institutions providing formal education (vocational educational institutions, institutions of professional higher education and universities), the numerous private educational institutions providing further training and some educational institutions providing further training established by a local government.  

All educational institutions providing further training must enter their activities in the Estonian Education Information System, except for these subject to the obligation to apply for a licence on the basis of a specific act (e.g., driving schools).  

The continuing education institutions which wish to use funding from the state or local government budget funds or European Structural Funds, or enable their learners to apply for study leave, shall submit a notice of economic activities to the Estonian Education Information System. By the submission of a notice, the continuing education institution asserts its adherence to the requirements for information disclosure, curricula development and issue of graduation certificates; the continuing education institutions that have submitted a notice of economic activities shall be subject to state supervision.

On the basis of a specific law, four areas of activity are subjected to the requirement of applying for a licence for the provision of continuing education, namely, driving schools, institutions providing training for security staff and train drivers, and the institutions providing preparatory courses for taking the Estonian language proficiency examination.