Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Schwäbisch Gmünd
University of Education (University of Education)
founding 1825 (university since 1962)
Sponsorship state
place DEU Schwaebisch Gmuend COA.svg Schwäbisch Gmünd
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Claudia Vorst
Students 2,891 WS 2018/19
Employee 292, 192 of them in the scientific service
including professors 42
Lecture hall building
The Art Nouveau seminar building Alte PH in the city center is now used by the music department
Old logo, in use until around 2018

The University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd (also University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd , until 1962 Pedagogical Institute Schwäbisch Gmünd ) is a university with the rank of a university in Schwäbisch Gmünd . Alongside the universities of education in Karlsruhe , Freiburg , Heidelberg , Ludwigsburg and Weingarten, it is one of the six universities of education in Baden-Württemberg .

Faculties and Institutes

The Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education is divided into two faculties :

  • Faculty I includes the institutes for education, work and technology, for educational science, for health sciences, for human sciences, for nursing science as well as for theology and religious education.
  • Faculty II includes the institutes for language & literature, the arts, for social sciences, for mathematics / computer science, for natural sciences as well as for childhood, youth and family.

Other facilities

In addition, the University of Education operates an institute for further training and university didactics , a diagnostic center , a center for research practice , a center for quality research and monitoring in child and youth welfare, and the BUFO picture book workshop . In 2012, the Center for Knowledge Transfer of the PH Schwäbisch Gmünd (ZWPH) was set up, which has the task of promoting lifelong learning through scientific further education and timely transfer between research and practice . The competence center for health promotion has been dedicated to health promotion on an interdisciplinary basis since 2013 . The Center for Media Education (ZfM) develops and researches suitable pedagogical concepts to support media education processes inside and outside of educational institutions, and the Center for Migration and Integration Studies "Migration - Society - School" (MiGS) is dedicated to aspects, fields, developments and needs in the context of migration and flight.


Bachelor for

  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary level teacher training
  • Teaching at vocational schools
  • Childhood education
  • Health promotion
  • Engineering education
  • Nursing science
  • Integrative Learning Therapy (ZWPH)
  • Vocational Education (ZWPH)

Master for

  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary level teacher training
  • Educational sciences
  • Interculturality and integration
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Childhood and Social Education
  • Engineering education
  • German studies and interculturality / multilingualism
  • Nursing education
  • Integrative Learning Therapy (ZWPH)
  • Personnel Development and Education Management (GSO)

Additional courses


The library of the University of Education comprises over 300,000 media units and, after submitting an application, is also accessible to those interested in research outside the University of Education, such as B. Schoolchildren, trainee lawyers, etc. It is a special scientific library with the main focus areas of educational science, educational psychology as well as methodology and didactics of school subjects.


History before 1962

The Franciscan in the center of the city

In 1825, the first forerunner of the pedagogical college was founded as a Catholic teacher training seminar in the former Franciscan male monastery . In 1827, the pedagogue and clergyman, modern in his views on teacher training, Matthäus Cornelius Münch was appointed first rector. During this time, teacher training took place in connection with a practice school.

In 1874 there was an innovation for school education in Württemberg by the seminar teacher Engelbert Mager . He introduced blackboard signs in lessons in Schwäbisch Gmünd.

In 1899 the preparation institutes were nationalized . Five years later the seminar moved to the new building in Lessingstrasse.

The National Socialists closed the Gmünder seminar in 1937 and moved it to Rottweil . The seminar building was converted into an orphanage . After the war, teacher training was resumed in 1946 in the form of a teachers' college. A year later this seminar was called the Pedagogical Institute .

History of the Pedagogical University

On May 4, 1962, the Pedagogical Institute was converted into the first pedagogical university in the state of Baden-Württemberg, whereby the university was only expanded into a scientific university nine years later. Due to the increasing number of students, the move from the city center to the Hardt followed in 1972, making it possible to open the senior university in 1982. Only the music department remains in the old PH in the city center. After the universities of education were granted the shared right to award doctorates in 1978, the first doctorate at the university of education in Schwäbisch Gmünd was awarded in 1983, which is also the first ever doctorate at a university in Baden-Württemberg. This shared right to award doctorates was then expanded in 1987 to an undivided right to award doctorates.

In 1997, the university received the right to habilitation in cooperation with the Universities of Ulm and Tübingen , which was extended to an unrestricted right to habilitation in the new state university law in 2005 through the change in status to university . In the 2013/14 winter semester, for the first time, more new students were enrolled in bachelor's and master's degree programs than in traditional teacher training programs. The university management saw its role as an educational university institution, as an educational university, confirmed by the number of students.

In order to do justice to the increased number of students, the new canteen will be inaugurated in 2006 , whereby the old canteen can be converted into event rooms and student workplaces.


Well-known university professors

Well-known students


  • Albert Deibele : The teacher training in Schwäbisch Gmünd in the years 1825-1962 . 3 volumes. Schwäbisch Gmünd: City Archives 1962 ( online ).
  • Johannes Riede : University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd: An attempt at an idea , in: Einhorn Yearbook 1974, Einhorn, Schwäbisch Gmünd 1974, pp. 91–96.
  • Astrid Beckmann , PH Schwäbisch Gmünd (ed.): University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd / University of Education Schwaebisch Gmuend , SDZ Printing and Media, Aalen 2012 ISBN 978-3-925555-37-4 .
  • Astrid Beckmann: Our educational university, the Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education in 2012 , in Einhorn Jahrbuch Schwäbisch Gmünd 2012, Einhornverlag Schwäbisch Gmünd 2012, ISBN 978-3-936373-84-4 ; Pp. 117-122.
  • Reinhard Kuhnert : 50 years ago the school town of Schwäbisch Gmünd became a university town , in Einhorn Jahrbuch Schwäbisch Gmünd 2012, Einhornverlag Schwäbisch Gmünd 2012, ISBN 978-3-936373-84-4 ; Pp. 123-129.

Web links

Commons : Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Article on the establishment of the ZWPH on (as of November 10, 2012)
  2. Article "New Competence Center for Health Promotion at the Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education" (as of November 7, 2014)
  3. Article on student numbers on (as of October 8, 2013)

Coordinates: 48 ° 47 ′ 30 "  N , 9 ° 49 ′ 44"  E