Master's Programme Catholic Religious Education

Faculty School of Catholic Theology
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-F 0114 Teacher Training with Subject Sepcialisation
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code 
C 066 793
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W)*
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
Application


* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

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: http://orawww.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
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
57,0

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
31,3
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
9,0
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
2,7
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, 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).

Requirements

Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:


Criteria for the determination of equalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 18 ECTS-Credits in the core area Philosophy
  • 26 ECTS-Credits in the core area Historical Theology (Old and New Testament, Church History, Liturgical Studies)
  • 22 ECTS-Credits in the core area Systematical Theology (Fundamental Theology, Dogmatic Theology, Moral Theology, Christian Social Thought)
  • 18 ECTS-Credits in the core area Practical Theology (Church History, Pastoral Theology, Catechetics/Religious Pedagogy)
  • 10 ECTS-Credits in the core area Didactics and Teaching Practice Secondary School or Communicative Formation, Counceling and Pastoral Care

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

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).

First Semester »

11.0 ECTS-Credits: Philosophy and Religious Studies (a, b, c and e)
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Exegesis of the Old Testament
3.5 ECTS-Credits: Exegesis of the New Testament (a)
2.0 ECTS-Credits: Systematic Theology: Special Issues I (b)
3.0 ECTS-Credits: Practical Theology: Special Issues I (c)
2.0 ECTS-Credits: Ministry of the Word - Catechesis - Pastoral Care (b)

Second Semester »

1.5 ECTS-Credits: Philosophy and Religious Studies (d)
4.0 ECTS-Credits: Exegesis of the New Testament (b)
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Judaism
5.5 ECTS-Credits: Systematic Theology: Special Issues I (a and c)
4.0 ECTS-Credits: Historical Theology: Special Issues (c)
4.5 ECTS-Credits: Practical Theology: Special Issues I (a and b)
5.5 ECTS-Credits: Ministry of the Word - Catechesis - Pastoral Care (aand c)
3.5 ECTS-Credits: Didactics and Pedagogics of Religion (a)

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Systematic Theology: Special Issues II
8.5 ECTS-Credits: Historical Theology: Special Issues (a, band d)
2.0 ECTS-Credits: Didactics and Pedagogics of Religion (b) 
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Secondary Schools
                                 oder Communicative Education, Counselling and Pastoral Care: Special Issues

Fourth Semester »

2.0 ECTS-Credits: Didactics and Pedagogics of Religion (c) 
25.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defense

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Catholic Religious Education offers an extensive education in theology and the pedagogy of religion with special emphasis on religious education of adolescents or adults, counselling and pastoral care. It promotes a theological and multi-perspective view of education and pastoral care, didactics, and guidance and it enhances the communicative and interdisciplinary competencies of its graduates. Thus, it prepares for professions within the church, but also in society at large, that demand a complete theological academic training in connection with an education in the pedagogy of religion or in pastoral care. If the required modules of subject didactics in secondary schools and of teaching practice are fulfilled, it also provides the qualifications for the Teacher Training Programme for Catholic Religion without a second subject for all types of schools.

The Master's Programme Catholic Religious Education can be completed with two alternate specialisations: with a specialisation on secondary education by choosing the module “Secondary Schools” or with a specialisation on adult education by choosing the module “Communicative Education, Counselling and Pastoral Care”.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields of theology and philosophy and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills in different fields of education, pastoral care and counselling and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts of human and social sciences.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master's Programme Catholic Religious Education prepares for the following activities:

  • teaching religion in all schools types within the European Union and in comparable systems of education world-wide, if the module “Secondary Schools” is completed;
  • executive positions in adult education, counselling and pastoral care, in the venue of psychological-social services and similar professions, if the module “Communicative Education, Counselling and Pastoral Care – Special Issues” is completed;
  • scientific activities.

Astrid Hoeppberger

Interview with a graduate: Maga Astrid Höpperger, 1988 (year of graduation)
"Starting was easy – various opportunities were open to me: as a teacher, a pastoral assistant, then the leadership position at the telephone crisis service. [...] A degree program is often something like a basic education, which you build on according to interests."
To the Interview






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