Teacher Training and In-service Training of Teachers for Compulsory Schools
Starting in October 2007, the training of teachers for general compulsory schools and vocational schools is provided by Teacher Training Colleges. Study programmes for teachers at primary, lower secondary, pre-vocational and special schools, and vocational schools provide scholarly well-founded and job and practice-oriented training.
The six-semester university study courses comprise a workload of 180 ECTS; students graduate as teachers for one of the four types of compulsory schools in the area of general education (primary school, lower secondary school, special school, and pre-vocational school). Students graduate with the degree "Bachelor of Education".
In the framework of initial and in-service training, teachers can gain additional qualifications and attend subject related and topic-specific courses to gain more insight into an area of speciality.
Moreover, Teacher Training Colleges have the task of pursuing occupational and application-oriented research.
In 2006 the Ministry of Education edited a document on the training of special school teachers which can be downloaded and English.