Course Duration / ECTS 8 semesters / 240 ECTS
University degree Bachelor of Education (BEd)
Faculty Faculty of Catholic Theology
Department Theology
Mode Full time
Study ID 418
Admission Requirements In order to be admitted to the BEd degree teacher training programme for the subject of Catholic Religion, students must hold the ‘Matura’ or another higher education entrance qualification, and successfully pass the acceptance process which assesses students’ aptitude for teaching at schools. If students do not hold a successful high school diploma in Latin, they have to take a supplementary examination in Latin until the end of their 5th semester.
Language of instruction German  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

The teacher training programme for the subject of Catholic Religion offers students a comprehensive overview of the central elements of the Christian faith and its expressions in history and present. Students learn various academic methods to interpret texts from the Bible and traditional texts. By doing so, they strengthen their ability to argument and judge in discussions about the church and society. Their education will enable them to accompany their pupils in their questions about faith, meaning and happiness. Students have to choose a second subject besides the subject of Catholic Religion. They will deepen their pedagogical knowledge at the University’s School of Education and during their practical experience in a school.

Which career opportunities do I have?

Graduates are qualified to teach the subject of Catholic Religion at schools.

Why Salzburg?

In the centre of one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Salzburg offers you an academic locus which meets the global challenges of modern life. With the Fakultätsschwerpunkt “Theologie interkulturell und Studium der Religionen” (Intercultural Theology and Religious Studies) we focus on different cultural religious contexts and examine the meaning of faith for the modern post-secular society. Our students’ contentment lies close to our faculty’s heart. Small courses, constant support and a personal atmosphere contribute to our students’ well-being.

Wie ist das Studium aufgebaut?

In total, the BEd degree teacher training programme for teaching at secondary schools comprises 240 ECTS points. This corresponds to the designated 8 semesters of length of study. Students need to complete two subjects of study (97 ECTS each) or one subject of study and a specialization (97 ECTS each), optional subjects (6 ECTS), as well as General Basics in Educational Studies (40 ECTS) and integrated pedagogical-practical studies. The specialization ‘School and Religion’ can only be combined with the subject of study of Catholic Religion.

Catholic Religion BEd
Orientation11 ECTS
Philosophy9 ECTS
Various disciplines of theology47 ECTS
‘Fachdidaktik’21 ECTS
Specialization6 ECTS
Bachelor’s thesis3 ECTS
Total97 ECTS


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß
Head of the curriculum committee Theology

Universitätsplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg

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