Studying Teacher Education

In accordance with the German school system, at the University of Education Karlsruhe, you can study Teacher Education for Primary Schools (forms 1 to 4) and Secondary Level I (forms 5 to 10).

As a matter of principle, (at least) three subjects are studied.

Special feature
Bilingual Course (BLL/CLIL)

At our university, you can choose to study the degree programs in Teacher Education for Primary Schools and for Secondary Level I with the optional "Bilingual Course (BLL/CLIL)" profile. The Bilingual Course (BLL/CLIL) is studied  at the Department of Bilingual Teaching and Learning (CLIL). Specific courses and a mandatory semester abroad qualify students to teach a subject in English or French and to work in language- and culture-sensitive contexts. The Bilingual Course (BLL/CLIL) has been recognized as one of ten selected  "examples of best practice" in the field of internationalisation in Germany.

The bachelor's programmes in Teacher Education for Primary Schools and in Teacher Education for Secondary Level I each last 6 semesters and comprise 180 CP each.

The corresponding master's programmes last 4 semesters and comprise 120 CP each.  Each master's programme  consists of two phases: the first part of the programme (60 CP) is completed at the university  and the second part (60 CP) is completed during the practical training phase. In total, the practical training phase  lasts 18 months.

Worth knowing: In order to work as a teacher in Germany, you need to complete a practical training phase ("Referendariat") after completing your master's degree.

Background knowledge
What does "CP" stand for?

While pursuing your bachelor's and master's degrees,  you will attend lectures, seminars and exercise courses and receive credit points (CP) for successful participation.  The number of credit points you earn depends on the workload you have to complete for the respective course. In accordance with section 5 of the standardised examination regulations at the University of Education Karlsruhe, 1 CP corresponds to 30 hours of work.

Subjects in Teacher Education from A to Z

What subjects would you like to teach in the future? At the University of Education Karlsruhe, you can choose from a wide range of subjects, including the possibility of studying an extension subject.


Bilingual Teaching and Learning


Catholic Theology / Religious Education

Theology raises the question of time and eternity, of God in the here and now. The Institute of Catholic Theology is open to students with their various questions, interests and abilities and provides them with competent advice and support. We invite you to join us in the pursuit of theology - with historical awareness and in an up-to-date, future-oriented, and creative way.



As Economics has been an official school subject since 2016, Economics teachers are being sought. Every person should be able to understand and shape economy. In addition to the basics of Economics, our study programme covers topics such as consumer behaviour, career orientation, financial education and also the question of how to set up a business.

Educational Sciences

English Studies


As a philosophical discipline, ethics focuses on the central question: "How should and do we actually want to live together?" Among other things, it addresses issues related to the way we live, how we deal with the diversity of cultures, the latest developments in the life sciences, etc. Topics such as the question of whether we are nationals or citizens of the world, "What is health?", "What importance do we attach to feelings?", "Self-expression in social media","The relationship between humans and animals" are covered and considered from different angles. In addition, the subject deals with innovative methods on how these issues and topics can be prepared for use in school and conveyed in the classroom.

Everyday Life Culture and Health

French Studies


German Studies

German Studies is an academic subject in which we deal with German language and literature both in speech and in writing. To this end, we develop theoretical, methodological and didactic questions with the aim of opening up ways for children to acquire linguistic and literary knowledge and skills.



Studying informatics at our university qualifies future teachers to teach informatics as a school subject at a high technical and didactic level. All courses combine subject-specific scientific knowledge with sound teaching practice.In addition, we offer the unique opportunity to conduct teaching sequences with school classes directly at the University of Education Karlsruhe in our specially equipped Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) for Informatics Education.

Islamic Theology / Religious Education

Apart from the contents of Islamic theology, religious education and teaching skills are at the centre of our courses. In order to best meet the requirements of teaching practice, we are particularly concerned to address the challenges of the Islam within the context of contemporary Germany, taking into account the everyday life and experiences of Muslim pupils.




Physics investigates nature's phenomena: How is a rainbow formed? What is light? How do you bring wind energy into your home? Studying physics, you will not only learn how to provide answers to such questions, but everything you need to be able to create and give modern and engaging physics lessons when at school. After all, as a future physics teacher, you are supposed to intrigue and inspire your students and prepare them for the world they will live in.

Political Science

Protestant Theology / Religious Education


Physical activity and exercise are of great relevance to society as a whole. In the subject of sports, in addition to the core principles of sport science from the fields of sports and education, sports and society as well as training and exercise studies, you will become acquainted with subject-specific theories, models and empirical data.You will systematically develop your own motor skills and abilities and acquire broad didactic and methodological knowledge as well as sport-specific competencies and cross-sport general sports skills. In addition, you will be introduced to various possibilities of designing physical education processes, and you will explore and reflect on them in an exemplary manner. 

Technical Education

Extension subjects

Students who wish to study an extension subject during their Teacher Education programme have a variety of options. In order to obtain the teaching qualification for an additional subject, students of the programme in Teacher Education Secondary Level I can take the corresponding master's programme in the extension subject. Masterstudiengang Lehramt Sekundarstufe I, Erweiterungsfach There is no such a master's programme serving as an additional qualification for the programmes in Teacher Education for Primary Schools.

Some subjects open their courses to students of other subjects and allow them to acquire a subject-specific certificate. A subject-specific certificate is a programme of study on a smaller scale (21 to 36 CP) and constitutes an additional qualification, which is not, however, linked to a teaching qualification.

Last updated: 05.07.2023
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