Universities of teacher education

Created and integrated within the system of higher education institutions at the beginning of the 2000s, universities of teacher education (UTE) aim to train prospective teachers for primary and lower secondary levels and special needs education. Some of these UTE are integrated into a university of applied sciences. Part of the teaching training also takes place within universities and to a far lesser extent, at the universities of applied sciences.

The change over time in statistics of university of teacher education diplomas is characterised by the double event of the introduction of the Bologna system and the transfer of programmes, whether at the universities of teacher education or the former teacher training colleges. Moreover, the level of examinations in the university of teacher education system depends on the school level which students wish to teach later. The bachelor degree is the qualification required to be able to teach at pre-school and primary school education.
The master degree is awarded for lower secondary level teaching and the university of teacher education diploma which is awarded after the master degree from a university is the qualification required to teach at upper secondary level.

Graduates of universities of teacher education by branch of study and level of graduation, 2022
  Diploma Bachelor Master
Pre-primary and primary  0 2 918  0
Lower secondary  0  428  844
Lower and upper secondary together  69  0  0
Upper secondary (baccalaurate schools)  549  0  0
Upper secondary (vocational/professional education)  527  0  0
General vocational and professional education  0  0  8
Speech therapy  0  60  0
Psychomotor education  0  30  16
Special education  0  0  647
Subject-specific didactics  0  0  57
General teacher education  0  0  34
Total 1 145 3 436 1 606
Source: FSO - SHIS-studex

In 2022, the universities of teacher education awarded 3436 bachelor degrees, 2918 of which were for pre-school and primary teaching. In the same year, they awarded 1606 master degrees, more than 840 of which were for lower secondary level teaching and more than 700 for special needs education. They also awarded more than 1145 diplomas for upper secondary level education. The share of qualifications awarded to women and foreign nationals varies by teaching level.

We highly recommend checking the results published in the tables available under the heading "tables" beforehand.

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