Bachelor's Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education) Subject: Career Guidance / Life Skills

As of winter semester 2021/2022 this programme is no longer open. 

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Programme Coordination
PH Tirol
Duration /
8 semesters / 240 ECTS-Credits
(combination of two subjects or one subject and one specialisation)
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Education (BEd)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0114 Teacher Training with Subject Specialisation
Mode of Study
Study Code UC 198 451 xxx | UC 198 xxx 451
Information on the Curriculum (2016W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
Application » Information about the admission procedure


*Information on the Curriculum (2016W)

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.

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

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter semester 2019 »

(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. Basic Principles of Gender and Diversity BOLK, VO 1, 2 ECTS-Credits
  3. Basic Principles of the World of Work, VO1, 1.5 ECTS-Credits

(2) Before the full completion of the introductory study and orientation phase, students can participate in courses amounting to 22 ECTS credits.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until summer semester 2019 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Period, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examination must be passed:

  1. School as an Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher, VO 2, 2 ECTS-Credits

(2) Successful passing of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period entitles to passing all further courses and examinations and to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3)  Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period courses amounting to 22 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be adhered to.

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).

Recommendations for the First Semester

3.0 ECTS-AP; 2.0 h: VU Theoretical Principles of Vocational Guidance & Orientation
2.0 ECTS-AP; 1.0 h: VO
Basic Principles of Gender and Diversity BOLK
  1.5 ECTS-AP; 1.0 h: VO Basic Principles of the World of Work
  1.0 ECTS-AP; 1.0 h: EU
Career Guidance as Development Process/ Focus – Subject-Specific Didactics
  2.5 ECTS-AP; 1.5 h: VO F
undamentals of Project Management, Documentation and Evaluation
  2.5 ECTS-AP; 1.5 h: UE Communication, Cooperative Converation and Counselling

  Basics of Educational Science
  2.0 ECTS-AP, 2.0 h: VO School as Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher
  2.0 ECTS-AP, 2.0 h: PS School as Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher 

Recommended Courses for the second semester of the other Subject.

Recommendations for the Second Semester

2.0 ECTS-AP; 1.0 h: VO Experiences of the World of Work and Transition
0.5 ECTS-AP; 0.5 ht: EU Experiences in the World of Work and Transition
  2.5 ECTS-AP; 1.5 h: UE Mentoring of Development Processes, IBOBB (Information, Counselling and Career Guidance)-
  Implementation at School incl. Subject-Specific Didactics
  1.5 ECTS-AP; 1.0 h: VU Internship–Organization
  4.0 ECTS-AP: Internship
  2.0 ECTS-AP; 1.5 h: SE Internship–Analysis and Presentaiton

  Basics of Educational Science
  3.5 ECTS-AP, 2.0 h: PR Dealing with the Challenges as a Teacher at School–Initial Practical Course

Recommended Courses for the second 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). 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 or in the selected teaching subject and the selected specialization.

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme Secondary School Teacher Training in the subject of Career Guidance / Life Skills are among other things able to

  • teach pupils basic skills (e.g. the self-reflection ability and information research).
  • show the pupils first educational and professional decision-making processes.
  • support the pupils in their individual orientation and development process.
  • ensure the provision of in-depth knowledge and teaching quality in terms of educational and vocational orientation as well as personality development.
  • impart the necessary specialist and didactic skills for the professionalisation of pedagogical action in the compulsory subject “Career Guidance and Life Skills” at polytechnical schools (Polytechnische Schule) and in the compulsory subject of “Career Guidance” in secondary schools.
  • act as a pupil and education consultant and after having gained sufficient professional experience and certification as Career Guidance-coordinator.
  • oversee the school’s coordination of educational and career guidance in secondary schools in close cooperation with the school management.
  • initiate and accompany the implementation of Career Guidance and Life Skills as a process.
  • make the documentation and evaluation of the area of responsibility in collaboration with their colleagues.
  • oversee activities in all areas of cultural life (e.g. in adult education), also outside of the professional field of “school”.
  • plan, hold and reflect on their teaching in consideration of social, pedagogical and educational developments.
  • focus on integration/inclusion, gender and diversity and remedial didactics with regard to the contents. The strengthening of social and personal skills is also an integral part of the Bachelor’s Programme.
  • spot the weaknesses, talents and interests of the pupils and to implement teaching principles of Career Guidance and Life Skills in secondary schools.
  • act transdisciplinary. Special focus is placed on the acquisition of interdisciplinary, school-type- and subject-crossing competences.
  • understand the specific needs and requirements of different school types as well as the problem of transition.
  • provide pupils with authentic professional experience through internships and field trips.
  • think networked.
  • enable multi-perspective problem dealing.
  • create teaching and learning conditions that promote the mutual responsibility of the pupils for each other through strengthening of personal skills (self-confidence, personal responsibility, appreciation, critical abilities, conflict abilities, teamwork, respect).
  • properly apply the acquired skills  with regard to promoting and developing social and personal competences among students. The students acquire competences of peer group education and are trained as buddy coaches. Furthermore, a Train the Trainer programme is part of the education, which offers the pupils the possibility to develop social, emotional and cognitive skills for their personal and professional life.
  • incorporate the latest developments and scientific findings into the educational and teaching scientific work with secondary school pupils, taking into account the ongoing development of their own professionalism within the framework of lifelong learning. 

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates have a well-grounded knowledge in the fields of Career Guidance / Life Skills relevant for teaching at secondary schools, in the didactics of career guidance and life skills as well as in school pedagogy. They are able to formulate and argue scientifically correctly in these areas and at the interfaces to school practice, as well as to solve problems in an innovative way. They are able to promote personal development processes, to accompany Career Guidance / Life Skills learning processes and to assess learning outcomes.

Postgraduate and further Study at the University of Innsbruck

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 2021

Overall classification of the qulification 

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).

Information about the Programme

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol, Pastorstr. 7, 6020 Innsbruck  

Head of Institute
Markus Schöpf, M.A. BEd

Authorised Representative
Dr. Klaus Schneider

Further Information

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