Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis -
Subject Geography and Economics

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 Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 9 semesters / 270 ECTS-Credits
(combination of two subjects)
Academic Degree Magistra/Magister der Naturwissenschaften (Mag.rer.nat.)
Study Code
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2001W) *
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent

* 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 cirteria
 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.

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. Fundamentals of Physical Geography (VO 4, 4 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 diploma 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 »

  • Basics of Physical Environments VO 4 (STEOP)
  • Men and Environment VO 4
  • Basics of Teaching VU 2

Second Semester »

  • Fundamentals of Human Geography 1 VO 2
  • Fundamentals of Cartography VO 2
  • The Tyrol, Alps, Europe VO 2
  • Introduction to Management and Economics VO 2
  • Geography and School VO 1

Third Semester »

  • Fundamentals of Human Geography 2 VO 2
  • Fundamentals of Economics and Regional Policy VO 2
  • Working with Thematic Maps in School UE 1
  • Scientific Working Techniques VU 2

Fourth Semester »

  • Proseminar: Human Geography PS 2
  • Proseminar: Physical Environments PS 2
  • Exkursion-tuorial: Regional Geography (4 semester EU 2
  • Exercises in Economics UE 2

Fifth Semester »

  • Basics of Research on Mountain Regions VO 2
  • Comparative Geography of Mountain Regions VO 2
  • Regional Geography VO 2
  • Detailed Aspects of Economics VO 2
  • Theoretical Basis of Teaching Geography and Economics VO 2

Sixth Semester »

  • Fundamentals of Global Change VO 2
  • Regional Aspects of Global ChangeVO 2
  • Excursion on Global Change EU 2
  • Seminar in General Geography SE 2
  • Detailed Aspects of Business Studies VO 2
  • Practical Lesson Planning and Presentation 1 VU 2

Seventh Semester »

  • Seminar in Regional Geography SE 2
  • Special Topics VO 2
  • Practical Lesson Planning and Presentation 2 VU 2

Eighth Semester »

  • Excursion EU 4
  • Seminar in Economics/Economic Geography SE 2
  • Seminar in Didactics of Geography SE 2

Ninth Semester »

  • 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: Elective Module.

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 Teacher Accreditation Programme for the subject of Geography and Economics (GE) integrates geography as an environmental and spatial science with economic sciences in consideration of subject-specific didactic aspects. The subject of GE is divided into two parts of studies (4+5 semesters) and the 90 semester hours cover the examination subjects General Geography, Regional Geography, Geographical Methods, Economics and Subject Didactics. 12 semester hours of elective courses must be attended in addition. Besides of didactic competences, including critical interpretation and implementation of the respective subject-specific curricula of general secondary schools and secondary vocational schools, the following competences are promoted:

  • Spatial orientation at different scale levels
  • Making and critical interpretation of maps and map-like depictions
  • Geo-ecological outline of the earth
  • Processes and system connections in natural and cultural spaces within the scope of the general conditions provided by globalisation and regional sustainability
  • Micro- and macro-economics
  • Economic and regional policy
  • Population, settlement, land use planning and regional governance
  • Regional differentiation of the economy
  • Use of data processing in class

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 fields of human and physical geography, macro- and microeconomics and subject didactics. They have the ability to demonstrate their competences in lower and higher secondary schools. Graduates are also able to educate themselves scientifically in an autonomous way and to undertake postgraduate studies.

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)

Forms (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. Gertraud Meissl

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

Information for students with disabilities 

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