Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis -
Subject German

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’s programme please consult this page »

Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration / ECTS-Credits 9 semesters / 270 ECTS-Credits
(combination of two subjects)
Academic Degree
Magistra/Magister der Philosophie (Mag.phil.)
Studiy Code
Curriculum 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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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 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.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until summer term 2014 »

(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:

First Semester »

  • German Studies as a Scientific Discipline
  • Linguistic Competence
  • Behaviour Linguistics
  • Introduction to Literature Studies

Second Semester »

  • Linguistics at School I
  • Text Analysis and Interpretation

Third Semester »

  • Language of the Pupils
  • History of Literature and Literary Life in Present Times I
  • Overview of German Lessons

Third or Fourth Semester »

  • Communication Competence
  • Language History as Cultural History
  • Language Didactics
  • Reading and Litera-ture Didactics

Fourth Semester »

  • Language Behaviour of Pupils
  • Overview of German Literature (1500-1848)

Fifth or Sixth Semester »

  • 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: Elective Module (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 the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Recognistions (in German only)

Contact and Information

General Information about the Teacher Training Programme 

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Authorised Representative
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martina Kraml

Information for students with disabilities

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