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

Subject: Chemistry

Curriculum (2015W)


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

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

8 semesters/240 ECTS-Credits
(combination of two subjects or one subject and one specialisation)

Mode of Study

Language of Instruction

Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

Programme Coordination
LFU Innsbruck
Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Faculty of Teacher Education

Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6 

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation

Study Code
UC 198 455 xxx | UC 198 xxx 455

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Information on the Curriculum

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.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) The following exams have to be taken during the studies induction and orientation phase, which takes place in the first semester:

  1. School as an Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher, VO 2, 2 ECTS-Credits
  2. Experimental Lecture General Chemistry, VO 5, 6 ECTS-Credits

(2) Before the full completion of the introductory study and orientation phase, students can participate in courses amounting to 22 ECTS credits.

General Information

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 6 semesters or 180 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).

6.0 ECTS-Credits, 5 h: VO Experimental Lecture General Chemistry
1.5 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VO Chemistry in Aequeous Solution
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 4 h:
Interdisciplinary Skills

Basics of Educational Science
  2.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO School as an Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher
  2.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS School as an Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher

Recommended Courses for the first semester of the other Subject.

2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Experimental Lecture Main Group Chemistry
2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Chemistry of Subgroup Elements
  2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: Interdisciplinary Skills
  2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VU Didactic Basics for Teaching Chemistry

Basics of Educational Science
  3.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PR Dealing with the Challenges as a Teacher at School - Teaching Practice I

Recommended Courses for the first semester of the other Subject.

Course Sequence (incl. Educational Science)

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Secondary School Teacher Training Programme (General Education) qualifies its graduates as teachers in the selected subjects of general education / specializations for all secondary schools (Neue Mittelschule, Polytechnische Schule, Academic Secondary Schools,  Intermediate and Higher Technical and Vocational Schools). This study programme also meets the requirements for teaching in intermediate and higher schools in the South Tyrol *. It consists of a Bachelor’s Programme and a subsequent Master’s Programme. It covers training in general education science, a pedagogical-practical training and a subject-specific and subject-didactic education in the two selected teaching subjects.

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Secondary School Teacher Training Programme for the subject of Chemistry have acquired the following subject-specific and didactic skills:

  • A theoretically and methodologically sound expert knowledge founded on laboratory practice in Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry.
  • Experimental skills, mastering of chemical working techniques and practice in handling chemical substances to responsibly handle chemicals in the classroom.
  • The ability to independently think in a scientific way, to conduct experiments independently and to document and present the results of experiments in a scientific way.
  • The ability to derive general laws of chemistry through own observation of experiments, then to use them to explain observations of everyday life.
  • An awareness for sustainable development and use of material and energy resources.
  • The ability to demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of the technical use of chemical products, as well as to assess their risks to humans and the environment and to raise awareness  for this among pupils.
  • Knowledge of didactic theories and models and how to use them effectively for teaching and learning in class.
  • The ability to select, test, evaluate teaching methods and media based on findings in current didactic research as well as gender competence based on gender theory, and to use them for the realization of professional use.
  • The ability to create teaching materials adapted to the needs of the pupils and to select suitable experiments to arouse interest in chemistry in the pupils, as well as to make them aware of the close links to biology, physics, medicine, pharmacy and ecology .

The ability to independently acquire knowledge with regard to the subject and the fields didactics.

* South Tyrolean teacher education students have to fulfil specific prerequisites, if they want to teach in South Tyrol. For information contact the Office for South Tyrolean Affairs.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates have in-depth knowledge in the fields of chemistry, didactics for teaching chemistry and school pedagogy relevant for teaching chemistry at 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 chemistry and to assess the learning outcomes.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education) are admitted to the corresponding Master’s Programme and can be provisionally start their teaching service in the chosen general education subjects in secondary schools to complete the Induction and Orientation Phases.

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

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
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 31.9= 100%
 2 GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 30.6
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 22.6
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 14.9
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded 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).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Authorised representative for subject training and didactics
assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Ammann

Informations for students from South Tyrol* 
Office for South Tyrolean Affairs
*For students from South Tyrol, there are special requirements if they want to teach in South Tyrol.

Informations for students with disabilities
Disability Office

Information about the Programme

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