Primary education teachers are trained as class teachers in nine subject areas required for forms 1 to 4.
Training is incorporated into a professional environment linking theory and practice, with a view to everyday school activities. These subjects safeguard the development of career-relevant competencies:
This part of the course focuses on educational concepts, learning, development, heterogeneity as well as on the individual and on interaction. Findings from the fields of pedagogy, psychology, philosophy, RE methodology and sociology constitute essential reference points. The choice of content is guided by the needs of classroom practice. Classes on academic work and research teach fundamental methods of academic thought and action.
In subject studies/methodology, the knowledge base and teaching competences relevant to the primary classroom are developed. Students are introduced to realizing learning- and subject-related educational goals in individual fields that constitute the basis for practical classroom work.
From the start of the first semester, students gain classroom experience by teaching short units and guiding learning processes. Practical classroom training comprises elements of training immediately relevant to their teaching careers. Lecturers from the fields of educational science and subject studies/methodology act as mentors during school experience. Practical classroom training focuses on teaching, the ability to generate an environment conducive to learning or to encourage whole-class learning, and on reflecting on practical classroom activities. The challenge of controlling the class is another relevant point.