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

Subject: Physical Education

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 Psychology and Sports Science
Faculty of Teacher Education

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

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Sepcialisation

Study Code
UC 199 552 xxx | UC 199 xxx 552

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 Physical Education
  • 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 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 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).

2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VO Current Research in School Sports Pedagogy and Didactics
3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS Methods of Empirical Social Research
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: UE Advanced Subject-Didactical Study for Basic Sports
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: EX Didactics of Alpine Skiing
1.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VU Didactics of Health and Fitness

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

1.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: UE Martial Arts or Relaxation Techniques
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VU Theory-Practice-Transfer in School Sports
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: EX Didactics School Events – Sports Week Projects

Education Studies

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

Courses corresponding 10 ECTS-Credits must be selected:
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Problem Analysis and Research in School Sport Education
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Problem Analysis and Research in School Sport Didactics
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: SE Seminar of Choice from Module 5 Advanced Topics in Sports Science of the
                                                Master's Programme in Sports Science

Education Studies

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

The 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.


  • critically deal with exercise and sports as cultural phenomenon and with developments in sports relevant to society and are able to address relevant aspects in class.
  • have in-depth knowledge of subject-specific procedures and research methods and are able to write a scientific paper based on theory and in a methodically and formally correct way.
  • can explore scientific theories, models and fields of application, critically reflect on them and didactically prepare them for teaching practice.
  • have the ability to independently expand their repertoire of sports motor skills and sport-type-specific skills.
  • have a well-founded knowledge of subject-didactical concepts and an extensive curricular knowledge (education standards, curricula), which they can use for designing subject-specific and multidisciplinary lessons in a flexible and situation-appropriate way.
  • have an extensive repertoire of teaching methods and are able to design and evaluate teaching processes according to educational standards in a competence-based way and appropriate to the situation.
  • are able to work together with representatives of other scientific (teaching) subjects in an interdisciplinary way.
  • are able to evaluate extra-curricular sports and exercise offers with regard to their importance for the health of the pupils and to integrate them into the everyday life at school in consideration of didactic perspectives.
  • are able to deal with heterogenous groups of pupils in a productive way and are able to professionally design and evaluate gender- and diversity-sensitive classes.

* 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


  • are able to design adequate research designs for issues related to sports science and to apply and evaluate pertinent research methods for dealing with problems of movement and sport science.
  • are able to plan and evaluate their teaching in a topic-oriented, gender-sensitive and inclusive way and in consideration of the target group in the context of interdisciplinary teaching.
  • can, based on scientific findings, teach movement-oriented health concepts for the respective age group.

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. 

With the qualifications acquired during the Master’s Programme, further job opportunities in the fields of the respective study programme and in the field of education, such as social and youth work or adult education, open up.

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Study 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 55.3= %
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 28.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 11.3
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 4.9
 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

Further information about the study

Authorised representative for subject training and didactics
Dr. Werner Kirschner

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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