School of Pedagogical and Technological Education

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School of Pedagogical and Technological Education
Ανώτατη Σχολή Παιδαγωγικής και Τεχνολογικής Εκπαίδευσης
Seal of ASPETE
Type Public

1959 (SELETE/Σ.Ε.Λ.Ε.Τ.Ε.)

2002 (ASPETE/Α.Σ.ΠΑΙ.Τ.Ε.)
President Ioannis Saridakis
Students 2,000
Location Athens, Attica, Greece
Campus Eirini, MALL, OAKA Complex
(North Athens),
Marousi campus
Affiliations GWU, Roehampton University, HNU

The School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (Greek: Ανώτατη Σχολή Παιδαγωγικής και Τεχνολογικής Εκπαίδευσης) or ASPETE (Α.Σ.ΠΑΙ.Τ.Ε.) is a Greek University which specializes in training teachers.


ASPETE was founded in 2002, and took over from SELETE, a teacher training institution founded in 1959. It is a self-administered public legal entity operating in accordance with article 16, para. 5 of the Constitution, the provisions of Law 3027/2002, and the School’s Regulation. Following from the adoption of Law 3549/2007 sailer is clear that the Higher Education Institute (AEI / University) of the country consisted of two parallel sectors A) University and B) Technological Educational Institute.

ASPETE belongs to the University and particularly the technology sector, together with the TEI (LAW NUM. 3549 - Reforming the institutional framework for the structure and function of higher education).

The General Departments operate in accordance with the provisions of article 5, para.3 of Law 1404/1983 and are not authorized to issue degrees. The degree issued by the Departments of ASPETE qualifies its holders to teach in the corresponding discipline in secondary education; it is awarded following the completion of a course of study of eight academic semesters including the submission of a thesis and the practical work experience in the field, and is equal in status to that of TEI-s (Technological Education Institutes). In order to obtain a degree equivalent to that of TEI-s in the specific discipline, the graduates of ASPETE may attend a 1-Year Programme of Special Studies at ASPETE.

Μain Entrance of ASPETE

ASPETE also offers:

  • 1-Year programmes of pedagogical training, further training or specialization for in-service or prospective teachers. Those who have successfully completed the pedagogical training programmes are awarded a "Certificate of Pedagogical and Teaching Competence"; those who have completed further training or specialization programmes are awarded a "Certificate of Further Training" or "Specialization Training".

Apart from Athens, 1-year programmes of pedagogical training (EPPAIK) are also delivered in Thessaloniki, Patras, Volos, Ioannina, Heraklion-Crete, and Sapes.

  • Joint Postgraduate Programmes (M.A.) in cooperation with Higher Education Institutions in Greece or abroad. ASPETE is currently involved in the planning and implementation of the following joint postgraduate programmes:
a. A joint postgraduate programme in cooperation with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in "Subject Didactics and New Technologies".
b. A joint postgraduate programme, "MA in Education", in cooperation with Roehampton University, London.



ASPETE's establishment in 2002 was paved by SELETE (Σ.Ε.Λ.Ε.Τ.Ε.), a Technical and Vocational Teacher Training Institute (Σχολή Εκπαιδευτικών Λειτουργών Επαγγελματικής και Τεχνικής Εκπαίδευσης), founded in 1959. SELETE's growth and mission was closely related to the economic development of Greece in the fifties. Right after World War II, the Greek government became aware of the need to place particular emphasis on the provision of vocational training in several traditional and new technical specialties. This meant developing and planning a system of Technical and Vocational Education in both, the public and private sector. Such an institutionalization entailed the systematic training of teachers of technical and vocational subjects, and it was to this end that SELETE was founded by state-law in 1959 (Law 3971/1959).


When SELETE was first founded, the prevailing trend for the education and training of Technical and Vocational Teachers was that of the "add on" approach. That is, the focus was primarily on pedagogical training and only a small component of the curriculum pertained to technical or vocational subjects. Later, in the seventies, a parallel approach was adopted, that urged integrating pedagogical training with technical and vocational training. This new approach led to the establishment of two separate Schools under SELETE:

1. The Pedagogical Technical School (PATES), which maintained the tradition of the "add on" pedagogical approach and included the following Departments:

a. Department of Tertiary Education Graduates
b. Department of Secondary Technical & Vocational Education Graduates:

2. The Higher School of Pedagogical & Technical Education (ASETEM), which adopted the same approach at the level of Tertiary Education and included the following Departments:

a. Department of Electrical Engineering Instructors.
b. Department of Electronic Engineering Instructors.
c. Department of Mechanical Engineering Instructors.
d. Department of Civil Engineering Instructors.

(i) There is an option of following the Structural Engineering principle and/or (ii) Transportation Engineering & Hydraulics Instructors

Academic evaluation[edit]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities will be conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA) in the following years.[1]

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