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

Subject: Physics

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 Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Faculty of Teacher Education

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

0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation

Study Code
UC 198 471 xxx | UC 198 xxx 471

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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. Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics, VO 4, 6 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).

1.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: VO Preparatory Course in Mathematics
1.5 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: PS Preparatory Course in Mathematics
   6.0 ECTS-Credits, 4 h: VO Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
   4.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics

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.

4.5 ECTS-Credits, 3 h: VO Mathematical Methods of Physics for Prospective Teachers
3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS Mathematical Methods of Physics for Prospective Teachers
  7.0 ECTS-Credits, 5 h: VO Physics II: Electromagnetism and Optics
  3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS Physics II: Electromagnetism and Optics

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.

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Secondary School Teacher Training in the subject of Physics have acquired expert, didactic, pedagogic and teaching-practical skills in the subject of physics. This enables them to competently teaching pupils in the subject of physics and the awaken their interest for physical process in nature and technology.

The graduates

  • have a well-founded knowledge in all central subdisciplines of physics, whereby the focus is not on a great number of known facts, but on an overall view promoting understanding and are able to prepare this knowledge for pupils, to understand the way of thinking of physics and to illustrate its contents with interesting experiments.
  • are able to demonstrate the advantages but also dangers and risks of technical use of physical insights as well as associated possible effects on the society and to deal with them critically.
  • have knowledge of the didactics of teaching physics and have dealt with modern research literature of this field.
  • are convinced of the necessity to independently acquire knowledge and continue their education in terms of lifelong learning. This way they should be able to follow subject-specific and subject-didactical developments and to independently modernize, adapt and further develop their teaching practice

* 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

Graduates are experts for promoting personal development processes, for arranging learning situations, for accompanying learning  processes and evaluating learning outcomes.

They have a sound knowledge in the field of physics and the didactics of physics. They are able to demonstrate their competence in these areas and at the interfaces to other areas by formulating in a scientific correct way and by substantiating arguments.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme 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 subjects in secondary schools to complete the Induction and Orientation Phases.

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary 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 30.9= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 31.2
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 21.9
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 16
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
Dezember 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 
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Dür

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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