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

Subject: English

Curriculum (2018W)


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
LFU Innsbruck
Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Faculty of Teacher Education

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

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation

Study Code
UC 199 557 xxx | UC 199 xxx 557

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 English
  • At least 40 ECTS-Credits 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 master'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).

5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Selected Topics in the Didactics of English
2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: UE Communication Skills
2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: UE Language and Text Production

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

Elective modules corresponding to 15 ECTS-Credits must be passed. At least one seminar (SE) and one lecture (VO)
    must be passed.
    5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Applied Linguistics
    5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Language in Context
    5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO English Literature and Culture (with Reading List)
    5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE English Literature and Culture
    5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO American Literature and Culture (with Reading List)
    5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE American Literature and Culture
    5.0 ECTS-Credits, 3 h: Paradigms and Methods in Subject-Didactic Research

Education Studies

7.5 ECTS-Credits, 3 h: PR Research in the field of formal education and teaching experience IV
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

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). This study programme also meets the requirements for teaching in intermediate and higher schools in the South Tyrol *. 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.

The Master’s Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education) in the subject of English aims at further scientific education in the teacher training programme. Additionally, the students are introduced to independent acquisition of knowledge and further education and an open and critical dealing with the societies of the countries of the language area.  In the Master’s Programme the language proficiency and the competences for dealing with methods in linguistics and literary and cultural science are advanced. The further development of the methodological competence is based on selected topics and problems in linguistics, as well as literary and cultural science, including aspects of linguistic and scientific history in elective modules. 


  • Language skills: acquisition of professional and communicative skills in an inter- and intra-cultural context  in consideration of professional practice and language comprehension in multilingual situations.
  • Linguistic skills: advanced theoretical knowledge of the system and the functions of English as well as the perfection of the competence to recognise and evaluate the pragmatic-communicative conditionality of the language in social and cultural contexts.
  • Literary studies skills: advanced command of methods and techniques for independently analysing and interpreting literary texts in the contexts of society and cultural policy.
  • Cultural studies skills: advanced knowledge of concepts and theories of cultural studies and an understanding for the interrelations between language, media and culture. Advancing of intercultural skills.
  • Subject-didactical skills: ability to understand, analyse and interpret competence-based approaches of foreign language teaching in a multi-perspective way. Expansion of the subject-specific and exemplary knowledge acquired during the Bachelor’s programme and ability to use this knowledge for their foreign language teaching.

* 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

Excellent productive and receptive skills in English; linguistically sound understanding of language in general and of English in particular; approaches to English-language texts and ability to interpret them in consideration of different contexts; theory-based analysis of cultural topics with special emphasis on the medium of film; awareness of the need to keep track of media coverage of the different target-language countries; familiarity with the current state of language teaching, language learning and language testing research as well as advanced knowledge in the field of language acquisition research.

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.

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 46.9= %
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors 27.8
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 15.5
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria 2.8
5INSUFFICIENT: 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 (from 01.03.2024)
Mag. Dr. Ulrich Pallua

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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