Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis - Subject Catholic Religious Education

Curriculum (2002W)

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

School of Catholic Theology

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

Academic Degree
Magistra/Magister der Theologie (Mag. theol.)

Study Code

Information on the Curriculum (2002W) *

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 (2002W)

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.
University of Innsbruck Bulletin » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

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 47,1= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 31.3
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 15.2
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria6.4
 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).

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 subjets.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the followig 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 the Theological Disciplines in Their Interrelation (VO 1, 1 ECTS-Credits)
2. Course from the Studies Induction and Orientation Phase of the second chosen teaching subject

(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

First Part of Studies: 35 Semester Hours

  • Orientation Period
  • Introduction to and Basic Exegesis of the Old Testament
  • Introduction to and Basic Exegesis of the New Testament
  • Religious Studies and Theology of the Religions
  • Philosophical Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Church History
  • Christian Social Studies
  • Pedagogical, religious-didactical training and school teaching practice

Second Part of Studies: 35 Semester Hours

  • Biblical Theology Old Testament
  • Biblical Theology New Testament,
  • Historic Theology
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Ecumenical Theology
  • Canon Law
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Catechetic and Religious Pedagogy, Pedagogy and Religion Didactics
  • Dogmatic Theology
  • Moral Theology
  • Pedagogical, religious-didactical training and school teaching practice
  • Diploma Thesis, 2nd examination infront of an examination board

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 Catholic Religious Education is marked by a theological and multi-perspective understanding of education and didactics and promotes the communicative and interdisciplinary competences of the graduates. Graduates are able to further develop theological or religious-educational theories in an academic way, to assess them and to use the acquired competences in an interdisciplinary way.

Within the scope of the optional subjects, teaching practice and subject didactics for compulsory schools can be passed.

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 area/s of philosophy, theology, religious education, education and teaching experience. Graduates are able to demonstrate their competences in the area of religious education and where it overlaps with other subjects of the Secondary School Teacher Accreditation Programme 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.

Contact and Information

General Information about the Teacher Training Programme 

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Ammann

Authorised representative for subject training and didactics
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martina Kraml

Information about the Programme

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