Universities of Teacher Education

Schwyz University of Teacher Education

Goldau

The Schwyz University of Teacher Education is an institution of higher education where students can qualify to become kindergarten and primary school teachers. Located in the heart of Switzerland in the German-speaking canton «Schwyz», the state-of-the-art building is surrounded by mountains and a stunning natural landscape. Our students value the personal atmosphere and the beautiful surroundings.

 

Personal Atmosphere

Do you appreciate knowing your fellow students and lecturers personally? With around 330 students and 110 employees the institution is one of the smaller universities of Switzerland. Thanks to the responsiveness of the lecturers and employees, the students can be supported very individually. This intimate atmosphere also means that students and employees alike work together to provide an active and diverse culture of engagement at our university, including cultural and sports events throughout the year.

 

Teacher Education

The Schwyz University of Teacher Education trains students to become skilled classroom teachers. Our students acquire the necessary skills to teach all class subjects and to manage the classroom. There are two different study programmes: the first for kindergarten and early primary school education (KG and 1st/2nd class), and the second for primary school education (1st to 6th class). These Bachelor degree study programmes include teaching methods and classroom management, child development, as well as a broad range of school subjects. The Schwyz University has a strong record in both continuing professional development, and research and development, with a strong focus on digital media for education. Theoretical background is supported by practica and are well balanced throughout the course of the programme.

 

Master’s Programme Media and Informatics

The fast-paced developments in media and digitalisation shape our society decisively, with effects on how we teach and what needs to be taught in these areas, even in the primary school classroom. Our Master’s degree programme in Media and Informatics delivers the newest knowledge in regards to teaching and learning about media and communications, as well as phenomena in informatics, including the latest research in processes of delivering this knowledge. Upon completion of this study programme, our students will help to shape this dynamic field which is becoming increasingly relevant in our society. Our Master’s degree programme in Media and Informatics is offered in a joint venture with our partner schools University of Zürich, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the University of Teacher Education Lucerne.

 

Lifelong Learning

The Schwyz University of Teacher Education also provides a number of continuing professional development courses, and supports Swiss teachers during their entire professional career.

 

CAS/MAS Study Programmes

The CAS (Certificate in Advanced Studies) and MAS (Masters in Advanced Studies) are two study programmes which enable professionals to take on new functions and responsibilities. The Schwyz University of Teacher Education offers the following study programmes: CAS Head of Schools; CAS Theater Pedagogy; MAS Theater Pedagogy; MAS Professional Development in Language Education.

 

Location

At the Schwyz University of Teacher Education you will find everything in one place. The campus is situated in the midst of the beautiful countryside between the Rigi and the Rossberg mountains. The town Goldau belongs to the canton «Schwyz» in the German-speaking region. By public transport you can reach Zurich in 45 minutes, Lucerne in 30 minutes and Bellinzona in one hour.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Kathrin Futter (ausbildung@phsz.ch)

 

 

RESEARCH + TEACHING AREAS

  • Teacher Education, Special Pedagogy, Educational Science, Subject-specific Didactics
    – Pre-primary level
    – Pre-primary and primary levels
    – Primary level

DEGREE PROGRAMMES

  • Number of Bachelor programmes: 2
  • Number of Master programmes: 1
  • Number of programmes in continuing education: 4

At a glance

FOUNDED IN 2013

330 STUDENTS

7% INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

650 CHF TUITION FEES/SEMESTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (2018/19)