Pedagogical University of Styria

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Pedagogical University of Styria
founding October 1, 2007
Sponsorship state
place Graz , Austria
Rector Elgrid Messner
Students Training 2700 (2017), training 1200 (2017), training 13,000 (2017)
Employee about 250
including professors about 100
School building under monument protection

The Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark ( PHSt ) is an Austrian educational and research institution in the tertiary sector for the professionalization of educators and for the quality development of the educational system. It trains teachers of the primary and secondary level general education as well as vocational education. In line with the continuum of professionalization, their educational offering also includes advanced training for teachers. Furthermore, she conducts vocational education and practical research and advises educational institutions on quality development. It was founded on October 1, 2007 and emerged from the Federal Pedagogical Academy in Styria, the Graz Professional Education Academy and the Styrian Pedagogical Institute.


In 1870 the Imperial and Royal Teacher Training Institute was founded in Graz , which was located in the inner city , Burggasse 13, before the new building was built in Graz-Geidorf , Hasnerplatz . Due to the poor state of the building and the lack of space in the educational institution, the Graz builder Josef Heigl was commissioned to start building the kk teacher training institution on Hasnerplatz on February 15, 1907.

The structural commissioning took place on September 9, 1909, and the house was occupied on September 15, 1909. The institution was officially opened on October 4, 1909 by the governor of Styria, Manfred von Clary and Aldringen (1852–1928), in the presence of Governor Edmund von Attems-Heiligenkreuz (1847–1929) and the mayor of Graz, Franz , among others Count (1837-1921).

Core tasks

The core tasks of the Styrian University of Education are:

  • Teaching: Science-based and profession-oriented basic, advanced and advanced training for educators
  • Research: Applied educational and practical research related to the profession
  • Development: Advice on quality development in schools and other educational institutions

Course offer

Teacher training courses with four-year bachelor’s and one to two-year master’s courses, (university) further education courses and further education courses are offered.

  • Teaching qualification for primary level
  • Teacher training for secondary general education (26 general subjects and 2 specializations)
  • Teacher training for secondary vocational education (6 subject areas: nutrition, information and communication, dual training and technical-commercial pedagogy, education - education and development support, social and subject-related studies, complementary studies)
  • Bachelor's degree in elementary education (since autumn 2018)
  • University course in leisure education
Memorial plaque for the building of the PH under Emperor Franz Josef I.

The teacher training courses include technical, didactic, educational and pedagogical-practical elements. In the training of secondary school teachers, the PH Styria cooperates with the colleges of education and universities of the Development Association South-East in the federal states of Styria, Carinthia and Burgenland. The educational offer of continuing education and training for teachers is evidence-based and oriented towards the support of personnel, teaching and school development. With support and advisory services for schools and other educational institutions, the PHSt trains managers and accompanies quality development processes in the education system.


The main research areas of the PH Styria are teaching and learning , subject didactics and professionalism and school . In practice research, teaching and school activities are examined and developed. The entire educational offer as well as the research of the PH Steiermark aims at the education of pedagogues as reflective practitioners with a high professional, didactic and pedagogical expertise as well as on the quality development of educational organizations. The theory-practice relationship is seen as one of the special strengths of the PHSt and regional, national and international cooperation supports the achievement of high, recognized standards.


  • Styrian University of Education, Hasnerplatz 12, 8010 Graz
Main building with classrooms, the rector's office, auditorium, practical elementary school PHSt, practical new middle school PHSt
  • Styrian University of Education, Theodor-Körner-Straße 38, 8010 Graz
Seminar rooms, library, toy library, administration offices
  • Styria University of Education, Ortweinplatz 1, 8010 Graz
Administrative offices, Erasmus office

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. ^ The construction of the teacher training institute. In:  Grazer Tagblatt. Organ of the German People's Party for the Alpine Countries, morning edition, No. 41/1907 (XVIIth year), February 10, 1907, p. 14, column 1. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / gtb.
  3. The new teacher training institute. In:  Grazer Volksblatt , morning edition, No. 411/1909 (XLII. Year), September 10, 1909, p. 5, column 2. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / gre.
  4. ^ Opening of the new kk teacher training institute. In:  Wiener Zeitung , supplement Wiener Abendpost , No. 227/1909, October 4, 1909, p. 4, column 3. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / wrz.
  5. The new teacher training institute. In:  Grazer Volksblatt , morning edition, No. 453/1909 (XLII. Year), October 5, 1909, p. 5, column 2. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / gre.