Freiburg University of Education
There are currently 250 academic staff and some 5,100 students at the Freiburg University of Education. With its broad range of Bachelor and Master courses along with teacher training programmes*, the University offers excellent research-based first-degree level qualifications and further education complemented by a large share of professionally accompanied practical and application-based modules. The change from State Examination to the Bologna structure means that the University of Education now works in close cooperation with the Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg. The new Freiburg Advanced Center of Education (FACE) provides a forum for collaborative work in Teacher Education and is the central focus for all key players. FACE combines Initial Teacher Education, Practice and In-service Training, Educational Research and Quality Assurance. FACE’s online campus provides entrants to the teaching profession with all the most important information, reforms, and opportunities for the exchange of ideas, and thus a space to develop their professional identity.
This cooperation means that the University of Education covers Teacher Education for all levels: Primary, Secondary 1 and Secondary 2. Moreover, frequently the University’s international/languages and maths/natural science profile serves as the decisive factor for choosing the Freiburg University.
- excellent research-based first-degree level qualifications and further education
- professional integration of theory and practice
- international/languages and maths/natural science profile
Main academic focus areas
Intercultural and cross-border courses Research with an emphasis on Europe
This focus area comprises a large variety of undergraduate and graduate courses as well as renowned research projects that fully and systematically exploit Freiburg’s locational advantage.
Examples of undergraduate courses
in this field:
- European Teacher Programme: Graduates are trained to teach a subject bilingually – in German and English or French – and at the same time acquire intercultural skills, which will take on increasing importance in the future.
- Integrated Course of Study: German and French students training to become teachers study together, alternating between the Freiburg University and the Université de haute Alsace in Mulhouse, before receiving the “1st German State Exam” and the qualification to teach at primary schools in Germany and France.
International options for continuing
- Master’s Course in German as a Second and a Foreign Language
Various research projects on language acquisition and on multilinguality, as well as the European PAMINA project, for instance, which investigates European identity, provide additional new stimuli not only for this field but also for the development of new forms of teaching and learning.
Emphasis on mathematics/natural sciences in research and teaching
This focus area encompasses a large variety of courses as well as numerous interesting research projects run by the University. In addition, various chemistry, physics, geography and maths “learning labs” prepare students adequately for their future (practical and experimental) tasks. Here, too, theory and practice are closely linked: experiments in classes, e.g. as part of the NAWIlino project provide students with insight into the everyday life of a teacher. Involvement in topical research projects provides an impression of what it means to learn by discovering: for example the EU project mascil (research- and discovery-based in the classroom) or the project MATHElino (research the learn process of Kindergarten kids and primary school children).
Other features of Freiburg University
Targeted promotion of young researchers
Various PhD programmes and a large number of other (European) research projects promote a wide range of young researchers. Apart from the programme mentioned above, these include the research programme “Learning for the Knowledge Society”, “Task-based Learning and Teaching” and “Being Able to Explain”. In total, the University runs approx. 90 research projects. This lends the Freiburg University of Education a key position within Baden-Württemberg in the promotion of young researchers.
More than studying
Finally, the University boasts an equally ambitious and varied cultural campus life. The University offers numerous opportunities for creative activity: the University choir, orchestra, big band, sports activities, a literary workshop, drama groups in German, English and French, and the campus radio station, to name just a few..
Courses offered at the Freiburg University of Education
Bachelor of Arts · Bachelor of Science · Master of Education TEACHER TRAINING
- Primary schools
- European Teaching Training for primary schools
- Teaching Training Primary / Integrated German-French Teaching Training (Cursus Intégré)
- Lower secondary schools
- European Teaching Training for lower secondary schools
- Higher Teaching Training colleges to professional
- High School
Bachelor of Arts · Bachelor of Science
- Education (B.A.)
- Early Education (B.A.)
- Health Education (B.Sc.)
- German as a Second or a Foreign Language (B.A.)
Master of Arts
- Psychology of Education
- German as a Second or a Foreign Language
- Educational Science
- Health Education
- Media in Education
- Instructional and School Development