Karlsruhe University of Education

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Karlsruhe University of Education

(University of Education)

founding 1962
Sponsorship state
place DEU Karlsruhe COA.svg Karlsruhe
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Klaus Peter Rippe
Students 3,560 winter semester 2018/19
Website www.ph-karlsruhe.de

The Karlsruhe University of Education is a university in Karlsruhe with the right to award doctorates and habilitation .

University of Education, Building 1
Logo used until 2009


The University of Education Karlsruhe is one of six educational science universities in Baden-Württemberg . It goes back to the teachers' seminar in Karlsruhe, which was the first state training facility for teachers in Baden . The teachers' seminar was opened on November 4, 1768 for school candidates from 1757 under the name Schulseminar. The prospective teachers had to be of Protestant denomination. From 1823 to 1830 the teachers' seminar was located at Markgrafenstraße 48, from 1830 to 1870 in a building on the corner of Akademie- and Hans-Thoma-Straße not far from the Botanical Garden and since 1870 in Bismarckstraße 10. The continuing strong interest in the teaching profession required in 1875 the opening of a second, almost identical teacher’s seminar at Rüppurrer Straße 29, which was set up for prospective teachers of the Catholic denomination. In addition, from 1878 onwards there was the first state teachers' seminar at Sophienstrasse 31/33 near Karlstor Baden. In 1926 all three seminars opened up in the new Karlsruhe Teachers' Training College (1926–1936 and 1942–1952), from which the Karlsruhe University of Education developed in several stages (1936–1942: College for Teacher Training , 1952–1962: Pedagogical Institute). The university has existed in a restructured form since May 29, 1962 as a pedagogical university. In 1971, the law governing the legal status of teacher training colleges made it a scientific university. It is on an equal footing with the universities and has had unrestricted doctoral degrees since 1987 and habilitation rights since 2005 . The national and international correspondence is also officially conducted under the name 'University of Education' or 'École Supérieure de Pédagogie'.

Mission statement

The Karlsruhe University of Education divides its mission statement into the following seven points:

Assuming responsibility, researching in and across disciplines, reflecting theory and practice in harmony, individualizing the teaching-learning culture, ensuring cosmopolitanism and future orientation, optimizing quality and transparency, doing justice to individual life situations.

Thematic focus

Three pillars of inhalation characterize the profile of the PH Karlsruhe: The focus on the so-called MINT subjects , the focus on multilingualism or bilingual teaching and learning as well as dealing with heterogeneity and inequality within the framework of educational equity.

Furthermore, the topics of digital education and professionalization are relevant across faculties and anchored in research and teaching.

Projects within this profile include a. Mint²KA or LemaS (performance goes to school). The former is a cooperation between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Karlsruhe University of Education and aims to improve the "quality of teacher training in the subjects of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology" . The latter is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 18 million euros, consisting of a research network with 15 universities and coordinated by the Karlsruhe University of Education. The goal is the scientific monitoring and optimization of schools in the school and teaching development .


The Karlsruhe University of Education offers bachelor's and master's degree courses : both teacher training courses (elementary school or secondary level I) and non-teacher training courses (see below). In addition, since 1999, students have been able to choose the European teaching degree as a special profile within the teaching profession.

In the non-teaching profession-related area, the university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the fields of early childhood education, intercultural education, educational sciences, environmental education, health education, cultural mediation and geragogy (part-time).

In the area of ​​continuing education, certificate studies (CAS) and part-time master’s degrees are available in the areas of DAF / DAZ, adult education and geragogy, among others.


Teaching position

  • Bachelor's degree in primary school (BA)
  • Bachelor Teacher Training Secondary Level I (BA)
  • Master's degree in primary school (M.Ed)
  • Master's Degree in Secondary Level I (M.Ed.)

All teacher training courses can be studied as European teachers. Special courses and a compulsory semester abroad offer the opportunity to teach a subject later in English or French. At the same time, opportunities and difficulties of multilingualism and heterogeneity are dealt with.

Other courses

  • Childhood Education (BA)
  • Sport-Health-Leisure Education (BA)
  • Intercultural Education, Migration and Multilingualism (MA)
  • Educational Science (MA)
  • Biodiversity and Environmental Education (M.Sc.)
  • Cultural Mediation (MA)
  • Geragogy (MA, part-time)

Additional qualifications and extra-curricular courses


  • Certificate of education in elementary and primary schools
  • Certificate Education and Personality (from winter semester 2019/20)
  • Certificate German as a Second and Educational Language (DZB) (from summer semester 2019)
  • Certificate of subject-specific teaching and learning methods in German
  • Certificate of subject-specific teaching and learning methods in mathematics
  • Certificate all-day school
  • Certificate in health education (expected from summer semester 2019)
  • Certificate teaching and learning methodology (tutor training)
  • Certificate media design / media support
  • Certificate of mentoring
  • MINT certificate in a culture of sustainability (from summer semester 2019)
  • Certificate religions, sciences and worldviews

Professional certificates

"With the specialist certificate, an extension is added to the existing combination of subjects [for courses related to teaching postings] [...]."

  • Specialist certificate (science-technical subject teaching with a focus on everyday culture and health
  • Specialized certificate (natural science and technical teaching with a focus on chemistry)
  • Specialist certificate German
  • Professional certificate in English
  • Professional ethics certificate
  • Specialist certificate Protestant theology / religious education
  • French specialist certificate
  • Subject certificate (social science teaching with a focus on geography)
  • Subject certificate (social science teaching with a focus on) history
  • Computer science specialist certificate
  • Certificate in Islamic Theology / Religious Education
  • Specialized certificate in Catholic theology / religious education
  • Art certificate
  • Mathematics specialist certificate
  • Specialized music certificate
  • Specialist certificate (natural science and technical teaching with a focus on physics)
  • Specialized certificate (social science teaching with a focus on physics)
  • Subject certificate (social science teaching with a focus on political science
  • Sports certificate
  • Specialized certificate (natural science and technical teaching with a focus on technology)
  • Specialized certificate in economics

Extra-occupational further training certificates

These offers are aimed at employees in all professional fields.

  • Educational work with the elderly
  • German as a foreign language
  • German as second language
  • Digital media education
  • Diversity and generation management
  • Contact study adult education
  • Cultural mediation: moderating instead of leading
  • Practice mentoring in childhood educational fields
  • Theology and Philosophy of Age
  • Acting professionally in adult education


The Karlsruhe University of Education comprises three faculties with associated institutes:

  • Faculty I - Humanities and human sciences with the institutes for general and historical educational science, for educational research methods, for educational science with a focus on extracurricular fields, for Protestant theology, for early childhood education, for Islamic theology / religious education, for Catholic theology, for psychology, for philosophy as well for school and lesson development in primary and secondary levels .
  • Faculty II - Linguistics, literature and social sciences with the institutes for German language and literature, for multilingualism, for economics and didactics, for political science and for transdisciplinary social science
  • Faculty III - Natural and cultural sciences, mathematics and sport with the institutes for everyday culture and health, for physical education and sport, for biology and school garden development, for chemistry, for art, for mathematics and computer science, for music as well as for physics and technical education.


The PH Karlsruhe has been publishing the science journal DIALOG since 2014. There are project collaborations with various European universities under the Erasmus + umbrella .


  • 1952–1965: Josef Spieler (1900–1987)
  • 1965–1970: Gotthard Teutsch (1918–2009)
  • 1970–1974: Leonhard Mülfarth (1921–2009)
  • 1974–1978: Winfried Sendelbach (1932–1978)
  • 1978–1982: Hans-Joachim Werner (* 1940), Institute for Philosophy
  • 1982–1990: Klaus Winkler, Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science
  • 1990–1992: Liesel Hermes (* 1945), Institute for Multilingualism
  • 1992–1998: Heinrich Schlemmer (* 1936), Institute for German Language and Literature
  • 1998–2002: Jürgen Nebel, Institute for Transdisciplinary Social Science
  • 2002–2011: Liesel Hermes (* 1945), Institute for Multilingualism
  • 2011–2016: Christine Böckelmann (* 1964), no institute affiliation
  • since 2016: Klaus Peter Rippe (* 1959), Institute for Philosophy

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. [1]
  2. ^ Karlsruhe University of Education: Mission statement. Accessed November 28, 2018 (German).
  3. Karlsruhe University of Education: Educational Knowledge for Tomorrow (information brochure) . Ed .: Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Rippe. Editing of the PH Karlsruhe, press and public relations.
  4. Certificate of all-day school. In: www.ph-karlsruhe.de. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012 ; accessed on July 18, 2019 .
  5. University of Education Karlsruhe: specialist certificates. Accessed November 27, 2018 (German).

Coordinates: 49 ° 0 ′ 49.5 ″  N , 8 ° 23 ′ 33.9 ″  E