Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis - Subject History, Social Studies and Political Education

Curriculum (2001W)

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

Faculty of Philosophy and History

9 semesters / 270 ECTS-Credits
(combination of two subjects)

Academic Degree
Magistra/Magister der Philosophie (Mag.phil.)

Study Code

Information on the Curriculum (2001W) *

Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent

Supplemental Examination
Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the first diploma examination if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* 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 Stage (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. Sources and Methods of Historical Sciences (VO 2, 3.75 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 the Studies 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:

First Part of Studies (First - Fourth Semester)
STEOP: Sources and Methods of Historical Sciences (VO 2) (First Semester)

The remainder of the courses can be taken any semester

  • 12 x BW (I und II) out of every Core Subject (24 semester hours)
    (It is recommended to take each BW I and II in the same semester)
  • 6 x PS 2 (1 PS out of every Core Subject)
  • 2 x VU 2-Subject Didactics (4 semester hours)

Second Part of Studies (Fifth - Ninth Semester)

  • VU 2 – Fundamentals of Political Education
  • VU 2 – Excursion in combination with a course
  • SE 2 – Seminar out of a Core Subject
  • SE 2 – Seminar: Political Stdueis
  • SE 2 – Seminar: History of the 20th century
  • 4 LV – Elecetive Modules (8 semester hours)
  • 3 VU – Subject Didactis (6 semester hours)

Diploma Thesis, 2nd examination infront of an examination board

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.

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.

The Secondary School Teacher Accreditation Programme for the subject of History, Social Studies and Political Educations aims at acquiring expert knowledge and methodological skills for teaching history and all its social and political dimensions.

In the first part of the studies (four semesters) basic knowledge of the most important historic developments in the core subjects of Old History, Medieval History, History of Modern Times, Contemporary History and Economic and Social History is imparted.

In the second part of the studies (five semesters) students get a more profound knowledge of the developments and relationships of the historic sections. At the same time a critical awareness of history and historical science is promoted. Another focus of the second part of the studies is on imparting knowledge in social science and political education. A wide range of optional subjects from the areas of history and social science, cultural science and the law complete the professional education.

Parallel to both parts of the studies, a subject-didactic training that aims at providing the students with the ability to impart historic knowledge and competences in the subject of history and social science / political education is attended. Main focus is on planning and preparation of lessons and a practically orientated didactic and methodological approach.

An analysis of history and the resulting well-founded understanding of it allow for an almost impartial, factual and analytical approach to problems of the present.

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 have a well-founded expert knowledge and the methodological skills to communicate the developments and relationships of the historic periods with all their political, social, economic and cultural aspects. They are able to demonstrate their acquired competences by formulating arguments and supporting theories in a scientifically correct manner as well as solving problems in an innovative manner.

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.

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 35.7= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 33.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 20.3
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 10.5
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2020

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
ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Julia Hörmann-Thurn-U-Taxis

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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