Bachelor's Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education) Subject: Ethics

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Programme Coordination
LFU Innsbruck
Faculty of Philosophy and History
Faculty of Teacher Education

Duration / ECTS-Credits 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 Sepcialisation
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 198 475 xxx | UC 198 xxx 475
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2021W)*
Language of Instruction


Admission Requirements

Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

Supplemental Examination
Examination to demonstrate suitable physical fitness must be completed satisfactorily before admission to the study programme.

» Information about the supplementary examination (physical and motor competence)
» Information about the admission procedure

*Information on the Curriculum (2021W)

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. Introduction to Philosophy, SL 2, 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.

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 8 semesters or 240 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 »

5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Introduction to Philosophy
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Ethics I
5.0 ECTS-Credits, 1 h: PS Ethics I

Basics of Educational Science
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO School as an Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher
2.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS School as an Educational Institution and Role of the Teacher

Recommended Courses for the first semester of the other Subject.

Recommendations for the Second Semester »

3.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: VO Fundamentals of Teaching of Ethics
2.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS Psychologie der Moralentwicklung
1.0 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PS PS Grundlagen der Didaktik der Ethik

Basics of Educational Science
3.5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h: PR Dealing with the Challenges as a Teacher at School - Teaching Practice I

Recommended Courses for the first semester of the other Subject.

Course Sequence (in process) (incl. Basics of Educational Science)

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Secondary School Teacher Training Programme in Ethics have acquired the subject-specific, didactic, pedagogical and practical teaching qualifications and competences that enable them to competently teach pupils in the subject of ethics and to raise their interest in theories and problems of philosophical ethics, to encourage them to think critically and to strengthen their judgment skills.

The graduates

  • have an in-depth knowledge in all key areas of philosophical ethics and are able to prepare this specialist knowledge in a differentiated manner suitable for pupils.
  • know different methods of reflecting on ethical problems and how they can be put into practice for teaching,
  • can apply ethical theories to situations and problems in the lifeworld as well as make well-founded judgments about moral problems within the framework of these theories,
  • can connect problem areas from a wide variety of other subject areas relevant to ethics and discuss them from a common point of view,
  • know the goals and controversies of philosophy and ethics didactics and can assign the different didactic models to them.
  • are convinced of the necessity of independent knowledge acquisition in the sense of lifelong learning and are able to incorporate new results of specialist research and didactic research into their own teaching and thereby develop them further.

* South Tyrolean teacher education students have to fulfil specific prerequisites, if they want to teach in South Tyrol. For information contact the Office for South Tyrolean Affairs

Expected Learning Outcomes

The graduates have in-depth knowledge of the philosophical ethics relevant to secondary schools as well as the areas of didactics of ethics and school pedagogy. They have mastered the methods of scientific work. They know curricula and textbooks, can reflect on them critically and plan their lessons in a professional and competence-oriented way. They are able to promote personal development processes, accompany learning processes and assess their learning outcomes.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor’s Programme Secondary School Teacher Training (General Education) are admitted to the corresponding Master’s Programme and can provisionally start their teaching service in the chosen general education subject in secondary schools to complete the Induction and Orientation Phases.
With the qualifications acquired during the Bachelor’s Programme further job opportunities, such as social and youth work or adult education, open up.

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

TAB = 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
to be updated


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).

Information about the Programme

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Authorised representative for subject training and didactics
Assoz. Prof. Dr. Marie-Luisa Frick

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

Information for Studends with disabilities

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