to the Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz
As a centre of education, the Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz offers initial, in-service and supplementary training for teachers and members of related educational occupations. Since its establishment, ten years ago, the Private University College has gained an enviable reputation, both nationally and internationally, as 'a good place to study', with a claim to scholastic rigour. Education and research are underpinned by a Christian-humanist image of humans and of the world. Value-based personality development, a close link between theory and practice, and an international cooperative network are distinguishing features of the college. For students, the campus offers a hall of residence, sports and leisure facilities, and a wide-ranging cultural programme.
The range of courses (Bachelor's and Master's degree) offered by the Private University College of Education of the Diocese of LInz:
- Elementary pedagogy
- QTS primary school
- QTS secondary school
- QTS secondary school with an inclusive pedagogy specialism - focus on disability
- QTS secondary school with an 'RE and school' specialism
In addition, there are in-service and supplementary training offers, differing in scope, and with a multiplicity of specialisms (eight Master's courses, nine university training courses, 23 courses equivalent to between 6 and 60 ECTS, and a wide spectrum of events for a variety of students). The post-graduate course 'Education and Technology' deserves special mention. It leads to a PhD and it is offered in cooperation with TU Dresden.
At present, just under 1,200 students are enrolled at the Private University College of the Diocese of Linz. More than half of them are doing a QTS primary education training course.
The Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz excels on account of the close link between theory, practice and research. Over the last few years, educational research has experienced a considerable boost. Also, the forward-looking discipline of media competence and pedagogy plays an important role.
To enable students and teaching staff to gain international experience and to draw in it in their teaching, the University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz cooperates with 67 universities in 33 countries of Europe, Africa and Asia.
Such a stay abroad strongly impacts attitudes and outlooks with regard to interculturalism, interreligious issues, multilingualism, migration and inclusion. These are topics that will become increasingly important in the activities of teachers. By establishing Z.I.M.T, the Centre for Interreligious Learning, Migration Pedagogy and Multilingualism, these challenges were taken into account. There are plans to expand the centre.
Rector Mag. Franz Keplinger