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Teaching Qualification for Primary Education with the Subject “Ethics” (Teaching Degree)

Taught in German. The course of studies Teaching Qualification for Primary Eduaction with the subject "Ethics" trains prospective teachers for teaching at primary schools (classes 1-4); in the subjects the qualification for teaching classes 1-6 can be acquired.


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Initial Information

JLU offers in the winter term 2017/18 a new teaching degree programme for primary education with the subject "Ethics". This teaching degree programme is limited internally and starts in the winter semester. This page will be continuously updated with information.

The standard duration of this degree prorgamme is six study semesters and one semester for the examination time. The programme consists of the four education and social sciences (pedagogy, psychology, sociology and political science), didactics of the primary school, musical-aesthetic training and movement education, as well as the subjects German and Mathematics (in accordance with § 10 (1)(5) Hessian Teacher Training Law). The third obligatory subject is Ethics.

Study- and Examination Regulations

The study and examination regulations have been published in German.

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Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of studies

Duration of Studies

The standard duration of this degree programme is three and a half years (7 semesters).

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of degree programme (overview)

During the course certain elements are studied parallel to each other:

  • the four educational and social sciences (sociology, political science, psychology, educational science (paedagogics))
  • didactics of the primary school
  • musical-aesthetic training, movement education
  • the three following subjects:
    • German
    • Mathematics
    • Ethics
  • Practical school studies, these are practice periods in the school with preparatory and feedback sessions. 

The Hessian Teacher Training Law furthermore states that all teaching degree students must also do a practical training. More on this...

Educational and Basic Sciences

The study of education and social sciences in this degree programme covers such areas as locations of education and development (e.g. family upbringing, school upbringing); learning theory; the social coexistence of pupils, parents and teachers; and the basics of democracy.

The four disciplines below are constituent parts of this degree programme because teachers are not only there to impart knowledge. It is also their duty to fulfil an important role in children's social development. In order to do this role justice, they must be able to understand and evaluate the structures and processes at play in school and in society as well as in a class and within the development of an individual pupil.

  • Pedagogy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

More information on the contents of the foundation part of the programme can be found in the module plans and descriptions.

Didactics of the Primary School

In didactics (the study of teaching and learning) of the primary school you are dealing with primary school specific topics. The relevant courses take place in the area of educational science and deal with specifically primary school didactic problems which in addition to subject specific didactics, deal with topics especially relevant to the primary school.

Information about primary school didactics can be found in the module plans and the catalogue of modules.

Intermediate assessment for all teacher-training degrees

Intermediate assessment

In all our teacher-training degree programmes, students face intermediate assessment after the first half of the minimum duration of their studies (4th semester). This does not involve them sitting in an exam; instead, each students' intermediate grade is derived from the accumulated grades achieved in modules amounting to a specified number of credit points. In very exceptional circumstances based on valid reasons, students have the possibility to face the intermediate assessment until the end of the 6th semester.

This intermediate grade and the first school placement are intended to confirm students' aptitude for their chosen profession. It follows that continued failure to pass the intermediate assessment and the first period of school-based study by the final deadline will result in students' loss of permission to proceed with their chosen degree. Assessment webpage of the Centre for Teacher Training

First State Examination and Teaching Practice

First State Examination and Teaching Practice / Working as a trainee teacher

  • The teaching degree progamme ends with the first state examination. More on this…
  • After the first state examination, students undertake the second phase of school-based study, known in German as 'Vorbereitungsdienst', 'Referendariat' or 'Ref'. More on this...




First state teaching examination

Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements

  1. Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver`s examination for university entrance) or equivalent in order to apply for teaching degree programmes leading to a state examination (NO university of applied science entrance qualification). More on this...
  2. Several subjects of the various teaching degree programmes require subject-specific prerequisites such as
  3. All teacher-training students must provide evidence of an orientation placement of at least four weeks' duration. This is intended as an opportunity to gain an insight into their future careers. Students should complete their orientation placement before starting their degree programme and must have done so at the latest before starting their school-based studies during the lecture-free period. More on this...
Application limited internally only winter semester

Application for admission and registration


  • The intake capacity is limited.
  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by July 31. More on this...

Please note that the deadline for courses of study that are not limited can be extended. The deadline extensions will be published in the application portal.


  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...
First State Examination and Teaching Practice

First State Examination and Teaching Practice / Working as a trainee teacher

  • The teaching degree progamme ends with the first state examination. More on this…
  • After the first state examination, students undertake the second phase of school-based study, known in German as 'Vorbereitungsdienst', 'Referendariat' or 'Ref'. More on this...

Further Information


ZfL- Centre for Teacher Training

Centre for Teacher Training (ZfL)

  • Examinations Office
  • School-Based Study

Office hours and a list of the advisors can be found on the website of the Centre for Teacher Training (ZfL).

Further Information
This page will be continuously updated with information.
Central Study Advisor
Wiebke Blumenthal, M.A.
Central Student Services

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