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

Subject: Geography and Economics

Curriculum (2015W)


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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 Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Teacher Education

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

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Sepcialisation

Study Code
UC 198 460 xxx | UC 198 xxx 460

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Information on the Curriculum (2015W)

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. Man and Environment 1, VO 3, 5 ECTS-Credits
  3. 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).

5.0 ECTS-Credits, 3 h: VO Man and Environment 1
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Fundamentals of Economics and Regional Politics
2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO
Basics of Subject Didactics

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.

3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Fundamentals of Physical Geography 1
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VO Fundamentals of Physical Geography 2
  3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Fundamentals of Human Geography 1
  2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VO Fundamentals of Human Geography 2
  2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Fundamentals of Management

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. Basics of 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.

Subject-specific education includes the main contents of relevant fields of geography and economics (with special regard to gender-specific aspects as well as the curricula of the secondary level) and imparts essential working methods. The principles of research in natural science and social science (formulation of hypotheses, planning, implementation, measurement, documentation, analysis, evaluation, communication of results) are the basis thereof. Moreover, students are able to use suitable information sources in order to acquire required current information in a targeted manner, to critically evaluate the sources and to adopt the contents needed for the teaching practice.

As future multipliers, students develop fundamental knowledge of the main challenges of the 21st century (“grand challenges”) and develop competences in order to reflect on relating strategies of solution. This is after all a precondition for teaching pupils to become responsible persons, who are able to independently make decisions and meet the requirements of a sustainable development for nature, society and economy.

Graduates prepare geographic and economic contents critically and impart them to the pupils in an interesting way. They are guided by the current state of technical and subject-didactic research as well as their teaching experiences. In general, the implementation of complex and action-oriented methods is sought, such as self-directed and research-based learning during field trips (excursions) or the use of geographic information tools. The students acquire skills to go beyond the static and isolated perspectives in the choice of content and methods and to grasp processes and phenomena interdisciplinary, integrative and in their dynamics and interactions.

* 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

The graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme are experts in accompanying learning processes as have in-depth knowledge in the areas of human geography, physical geography, macro- and microeconomics as well as subject didactics. They are able to use and demonstrate their competence at secondary schools. Moreover, the graduates are able to continue their education autonomously and to take up a continuing study programme.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

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

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 24.9= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 31.3
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 25.5
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 18.3
 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
Mag. Dr. Gertraud Meissl

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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