Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich

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Roswitha Stütz, Head of Institute for International Cooperations and Study Programs, roswitha.stuetz@ph-ooe.at

Centrally located in Austria’s third largest city on the river Danube, the university is the second biggest teacher training institution in the country. It provides teacher training for primary school teachers, vocational school teachers and, together with 9 partner universities in Central Austria, secondary school teachers.

The university offers Bachelor and Master degrees according to the respective study programme majors as well as a great selection of possible minors. The university is also responsible for providing continuing education programmes for employed teachers of all levels and school types in the region of Upper Austria.

With the “Europaschule”, the university has its own practice school in which new models of education are developed, practised and evaluated and in which students do practice training during their studies.


Primary Teacher Education (age 6-10): 4-year bachelor degree followed by a 1-year
master degree (1,5 year with major “Inclusive Education”)

Secondary Teacher Education (age 10-18/19): 4-year bachelor degree followed
by a 2-year master degree (2 subjects or 1 subject plus major “Inclusive Education”)

Vocational Teacher Education (age 15-18/19): 4-year bachelor degree, followed by an optional 1-year master degree

Additional minors like “Inclusive Education”, Media Education, Musical Education, Physical Education, Multilingual Education, etc. are offered

Continuing Education respective inservice training courses for all teachers in the region of Upper Austria are offered throughout the year and in special summer courses.


founded in: 2007 (structural change from “Academy” to “University)
number of teachers: 147 (full time), 298 (part time)
number of students: 3000 in teacher training, 17.000 in part time inservice training


The university hosts the Austrian National Centers for Inclusive Pedagogy, E-Education as well as the National Center of Personal Development and Social Learning. It puts a strong emphasis on a friendly, open-minded and welcoming atmosphere for both students and lecturers.

International cooperation plays a central role which is reflected in partnerships
with appr. 70 universities in and outside Europe. The university emphasised the importance of Internationalisation by establishing the “Department of International Cooperation”  as an organisational unit in charge of the development of international projects (within Erasmus+). Main concerns are civil rights education, learning on mobile devices, video in education, diversity and civic engagement as well as international curricula development projects.