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Italienisch / Italian  (First State Examination / Extended Examination)

Program: Italienisch / Italian
Degree: First State Examination
Program length: 9 semesters / 4.5 years (240 ECTS points)


The subject of "Italienisch / Italian" in the Teaching in Secondary Schools program is oriented based on the requirements of the practice of teaching Italian in secondary schools.

The program imparts the linguistic, 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.

The program qualifies students for academic work and for the socially responsible execution of the teaching profession based on the acquired expertise; that is, through knowledge, qualifications and perspectives.

Major topics

The content of the subject of "Italienisch / Italian" takes the four pillars of language sciences (linguistics), literary studies, language practice and culture into consideration, as well as teaching methodology.

The essential goals of the university education in the subject of Italian include:

  • Thorough mastery of written and spoken Italian;
  • Familiarity with questions, methods and terms of linguistics and
    literary studies
  • Capability to examine and apply these methods and terms
  • Familiarity with cultural issues, incorporating the
    geographical, historical, social, legal, economic and political
    principles of the respective country
  • The capability to independently approach problems of teaching methodology and
    to elucidate possible solutions.


The "Italienisch / Italian" program prepares you for work as a teacher in secondary schools in the subject of Italian and teaches you the practical language, specialized and teaching methodological skills and proficiencies that are required to understand and teach the Italian language, and the cultures and literature of Italian-speaking countries.

This will qualify you for competent and socially responsible practice of the teaching profession. The capability for academic work serves at the same time for critical reflection both of the content as well as of mediation.

Even for a student in the teacher training program, however, the professional goal is not always teaching. With the State Examination, one often has the same prospects on the labor market as a graduate of a Bachelor program and, if one does not want to teach in a secondary school, there are the options of adult education or university instructor, teaching in language schools or professional academies, or organizing linguistic and cultural exchanges, for example.