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Evangelische Religion / Protestant religion  (First State Examination/Extended Examination)

Program: Evangelische Religion /  Protestant religion  
Degree: First State Examination
Program length: 9 semesters / 4.5 years (240 ECTS points)


The subject of "Evangelische Religion / Protestant religion" in the Teaching in Secondary Schools program is oriented based on the requirements of the practice of teaching Religion (Protestant) at secondary schools.

The program imparts the subject-related and teaching-related principles for exercising the teaching profession at secondary schools and collects initial experiences in practical teaching in schools, following academic instruction.

Based on the acquired expertise – that is, knowledge, qualifications and perspectives in the subject areas of the Old and New Testament, church history, systematic theology, social ethics, religious history and religious education – students are qualified for academic work and the socially responsible practice of the teaching profession.

The essential goals of the university education in the subject of "Evangelische Religion / Protestant religion" include:

  • Formulation of basic skills (can connect overview knowledge with academic-didactic methodology);
  • Imparting of methodological competencies for transfer to other fields of learning (exemplary learning, transfer capacities);
  • Development of religious linguistic and critical skills;
  • Integration of basic knowledge and exemplarity;
  • Integration of basic skills with personal development;

Integration of intra and interdisciplinary teaching offerings.

Major topics

In addressing theological content and forms of religious in history and in the present, competencies are acquired in every module that qualify students to analyze and design religious communications processes in various societal contexts.

Particular attention is given in doing so to matters of religious upbringing, education and socialization in the family, school, community and other locations of learning (e.g. adult education at academies, media work or national churches).


For many graduates, successful completion of the teacher training program is followed by the traineeship and subsequent entry into the profession as a teacher at a secondary school. Through the course of your studies, you will prepare for this entry into the profession through specialized and teaching methodology courses and school internships.

However, other fields of activity (e.g. various areas of cultural and textual work) are also always open to them after the First State Examination.