Studying at a Swiss University of Teacher Education

 

 

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How do you become a teacher or gain insights into an excellent teacher education system in Switzerland? By choosing to study for a full degree or as an exchange student in one of our universities of teacher education!

Become part of one of the best education systems in the world

Switzerland is proud of its outstanding education system. Primary, lower secondary and upper secondary level schools with expertly trained and highly motivated teachers are the backbone of our school system. These teachers are educated and trained in one of 20 universities of teacher education.

Regionally embedded with a global outlook

The variety of the 20 universities of teacher education (UTEs) in Switzerland is broad: some are small with a very personal atmosphere, while others are larger institutions. All of them offer an inspiring environment in which to learn. The 20 institutions are located in the German-, French-, Italian- and Romansh-speaking parts of the country. All are involved in research, education, continuing education and training; they offer additional services such as coaching, consulting and evaluation for the school-teaching field.

A common (and indeed the most valuable) trait is that they all work on further developing the Swiss education system while taking into consideration regional specificities, national guidelines and global educational trends.

From theory to practice in the classroom

You do not learn to be a teacher merely by reading books. Moreover, there is no risk of you attending lectures for years only to discover the challenges of being a teacher afterwards, when it’s too late. As a student at a Swiss university of teacher education, you will benefit from the fact that subject knowledge and scientific approaches are combined with a strong practical orientation. Most of the professors combine an academic diploma with a teaching diploma.
The linking of theoretical and methodological knowledge with practical experience and reflection ensures students are thoroughly prepared for the challenges of the teaching profession. Interdisciplinary approaches enable the students to acquire the skills they need for teaching.

Which programmes are offered?

Universities of teacher education offer programmes in teaching for pre-primary level, primary level, secondary level I, secondary level II (including general education and vocational education and training) and other programmes such as special needs education. Classes are mostly given in one of the four official languages of Switzerland; however, some UTEs offer classes in English. Several UTEs even offer special classes for international students.

 

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