Master's Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education)

Subject: Career Guidance/Life Skills

KPH - Edith Stein . Universität Mozarteum . PH Tirol . PH Vorarlberg . LFU Innsbruck

Master of Education (MEd)

4 semesters/120 ECTS-Credits
(combination of two subjects or one subject and one specialisation)

Mode of Study

Language of Instruction

Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree (at least 240 ECTS-Credits) or equivalent and Language Certificates

Programme Coordination
PH Tirol

Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation

Study Code
UC 199 551 xxx | UC 199 xxx 551

ApplicationApply ONLINE


*Information on the Curriculum (2018W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • At least 95 ECTS-Credits in subject-didactics and subject-didactics for Carreer Guidance /Life Skills
  • At least 40 ECTS-Creditsin in Educational Studies

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VU Didactics Carreer Guidance / Life Skills
3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Target-Group-Oriented Teaching of Career Guidance
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VU Pedagogical Counselling Concepts

Education Studies 

2.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO School Development and Professional Community
3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VU A course must be selected from the following subject areas: Learning Research, Teacher Education &
                                           Professionalisation, School Research, Leadership and School Development Research

5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Analysis of Didactic Research
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: SE Biographical Work and Procedures of Competence Assessment and Development
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: SE Occupational Profiles and Information Management
1.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VU Socialization and Construction of Gender and Youth

Education Studies

7.5 ECTS-Credits, 3 h: PR Research in the field of Formal Education and Teaching Practice IV

5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Project – Preparation/Support

Education Studies

3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Education Laboratory – Reflection and Development in a Pedagogical Context
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: Courses for advanced study issues, problems and topical areas in education science from the
                                           correspondingly marked course programme

2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: One advanced course corresponding to 2.5 ECTS-Credits is to be freely chosen from the following topical
                                           areas: Gender Sensitivity in the School and Education Sytem II, Inclusion and Heterogeneity in the School
                                           and Education System II, Everyday-Life-Related Multilingualism and Interculturality in the School and
                                           Education System II, Plurality of Worldviews II

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

During the Master’s Programme courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits must be passed in elective subjects.

Course Sequence (incl. Education Studies)

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Secondary School Teacher Training Programme (General Education) qualifies its graduates as teachers in the selected subjects of general education / specialisations for all secondary schools (Neue Mittelschule, Polytechnische Schule, Academic Secondary Schools,  Intermediate and Higher Technical and Vocational Schools). In the Master’s programme the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor’s programme is broadened and deepened. Graduates are able to solve problems of teaching in secondary schools in an innovative and creative way. They are able to independently deal with scientific or artistic topics resp. with regards to contents and by using appropriate methods. They are able to participate in expert discourse and to independently acquire more specialist, subject-didactical and pedagogical knowledge and to implement it in their teaching.

Graduates of the Master’s Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education) in the subject Career Guidance/Life Skills  expand the subject- specific and didactic knowledge acquired during the respective Bachelor’s Programme. Additionally, the students are introduced to independent acquisition of knowledge and further education and an open and critical dealing with scientific findings and subject-didactic research. Within the scope of the subject-specific training they also acquire the fundamentals for working as education consultant and for the job as career guidance coordinator and can be employed in these fields. They are able to manage school-related  Education and Career Guidance at secondary schools in close collaboration with the school management, initiate, accompany and assist the implementation  of career guidance as a process. Moreover, they are able to make the documentation and evaluation of this area of responsibility in collaboration with their colleagues.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates have in-depth knowledge in the fields of Career Guidance/Life Skills, didactics of Career Guidance and Life Skills and school pedagogy relevant for secondary schools. They are able to formulate and argue in these areas and their interfaces to school practice in a scientifically correct way, as well as to solve problems in an innovative way. They are able to support personal development processes, to accompany learning processes in Career Guidance/Life Skills and to assess the learning outcomes.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master’s Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education) qualifies for teaching at secondary schools. Based on the Bachelor’s Programme, the graduates acquire the competences needed for teaching in a way to meet the educational requirements of a developing school and society. 
With the qualifications acquired during the Master’s Programme, further job opportunities in the fields of the respective study programme and in the field of education, such as social and youth work or adult education, open up.

Postgraduate and further Study at the University of Innsbruck

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading scheme Definition %-age
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance 81.2= 100%
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors 18.8
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum cirteria
5INSUFFICIENT: Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qulification 

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Information about the Programme


Basics of Educational ScienceRecognition of exams AND Supplementary Sheet

Interdisciplinary Competences and Individual Choice of SpecialisationRecognition of exams AND Supplementary Sheet | Contact

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol, Pastorstr. 7, 6020 Innsbruck 

Head of Institute
 Markus Schöpf, M.A. BEd

Authorised Representative
Dr. Klaus Schneider

Further Information

Information for Students with disabilities

Curriculum (2018W)

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