Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis - Subject German

Curriculum (2001W)

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. 

Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

9 Semester/270 ECTS-AP
(Kombination von zwei Unterrichtsfächern)

Akademischer Grad
Magistra/Magister der Philosophie (Mag.phil.)


Informationen zum Curriculum (2001W) *

Matura oder Äquivalent

Die Zusatzprüfung aus Latein ist bis zur vollständigen Ablegung der ersten Diplomprüfung nachzuweisen, wenn dieses Fach nicht an einer höheren Schule im Ausmaß von mindestens 10 Wochenstunden erfolgreich absolviert wurde.

* Information on the Curriculum (2001W)

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: https://lfuonline.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
Section: Current Curriculum version.

Studies Induction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP)

The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) requirements cease to be effective as of academic year 2014/2015 and no longer apply for students of this study programme.

Students who enrolled for this programme before 1 October 2014 (academic year 2014/2015) can repeat not successful completed courses which were designated in the curriculum as “STEOP courses” four times (= five examination attempts). As per Universities Act § 77 (2), previous attempts are to be counted among the number of total examination attempts permitted.

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subject(s).

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:
One course examination in the second chosen teaching subject and one course examination on the orientation unit, SL 2, 2 ECTS-Credits, of the educational training.

1. Introduction to German Studies (SL 1, 2.5 ECTS-Credits)
2. Course from the Studies Induction and Orientation Phase of the second chosen teaching subject
3. Orientation unit (SL 2, 2 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following theStudies Induction and Orientation Stage(STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

Didactics and Training in the Selected Subjects:

  • German Studies as a Scientific Discipline
  • Linguistic Competence
  • Behaviour Linguistics
  • Introduction to Literature Studies
  • Linguistics at School I
  • Text Analysis and Interpretation
  • Language of the Pupils
  • History of Literature and Literary Life in Present Times I
  • Overview of German Lessons
  • Communication Competence
  • Language History as Cultural History
  • Language Didactics
  • Reading and Litera-ture Didactics
  • Language Behaviour of Pupils
  • Overview of German Literature (1500-1848)
  • Speech Training
  • Voice Training
  • Psycholinguistics:
  • Linguistics at School II
  • Overview of German Medieval Literature
  • Reading and Interpretation
  • History of Literature and Literary Life in Present Times II (VO and SE)
  • Text Production

The remainder of the courses can be taken any semester

Pedagogical Training and School Teaching Practice

First Academic Year: Orientation Unit, Introductory Practicum, Reflection Unit

Second Academic Year:Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching and Basic Skills 1

Third Academic Year: Basic Skills 2, Basic Practicum,Subject Related Practicum 1 and 2

Can be taken any semester:ElectiveModule (Pedagogy internship outside of the school setting).

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Secondary School Teacher Accreditation Programme aims at a preparatory vocational and scientific education for the certification of secondary school teachers with subject-specific, didactic, and pedagogical qualifications as well as school teaching practice. A scientifically sound basic education provides graduates with the necessary competences in order to work in their future occupational fields in a flexible and professional manner.

In the subject of German students deal with the German language and literature in history and contemporary time in a scientific way and with the connected socio-cultural and social processes. Based on a sound competence in their subject they can meet the educational and teaching requirements as well as the didactic requirements for adjusting their classes to the age of their pupils and to the life of youths as well as to the different educational objectives of different types of school. In principle, the education also considers the social, political and intercultural possibilities and perspectives of dealing with language and literature to make it possible to perceive cultural variety and mobility as a chance and challenge. Although the Secondary School Teacher Accreditation Programme focuses on the scientific and professional preparation for teaching in general secondary schools and secondary vocational schools, graduates also acquire competences and skills that are of major importance also outside of the school setting, e.g. in the area of adult education.

The first part of the studies is focused on basic studies that offer an introduction to the basics of the studies and of acquiring the theoretical-methodological requirements and the contents of the subject. In the second part of the studies the knowledge is broadened and deepened to offer an academic vocational training.

The pedagogical education and school teaching practice

  • imparts graduates with a well-founded knowledge of secondary school teaching and learning in order to efficiently manage their teaching practice and help to assist and support the learning and educational processes of their pupils;
  • enables graduates to evaluate and further develop their teaching practice based on proven methodology;
  • allows graduates to understand school as an institution and organization in order to actively shape and develop school.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are academically educated experts in fostering personal development processes, arranging learning situations, accompanying learning processes, and assessing learning outcomes.
They acquire a sound knowledge in the areas of German linguistics and literary science, as well as in subject didactics. They are able to meet the educational and teaching requirements, as well as the methodological-didactic requirements for adjusting their classes to the age of their pupils and to the different educational objectives of different types of school.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of a Secondary School Teacher Accreditation Programme are in particular teaching at lower and upper secondary schools. The qualifications acquired in the Teacher Accreditation Programme provide access to other vocational fields in the study programme, the educational sector, social and youth work, and communication.

Postgraduate and further Studies 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 45.2= %
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors 32.5
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 15.8
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria 6.5
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
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

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 (in German only)

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