Universities of Teacher Education

St.Gallen University of Teacher Education

St.Gallen, Gossau, Rorschach

The St.Gallen University of Teacher Education (PHSG) trains teachers, conducts research and provides further education and services for teaching staff and educational institutions. It is well-known beyond the confines of the region and is an interesting partner at the national level.


Discover an alternative approach to teacher training

More than 1,400 students study at the PHSG, all of them pursuing the goal of becoming teachers at different levels of primary, secondary and vocational education. Experience everyday student life at the PHSG with our mobility programme. As a guest, you will gain hands-on experience and get to know Eastern Switzerland.


International class

Would you like to spend an exchange semester at the PHSG? If so, there are two options available to you:

  • Attend a semester of classes from the standard German-speaking curriculum at the kindergarten and primary or lower secondary school level, if you speak German to B2 standard or higher.
  • Attend the English-speaking international class in the spring semester.


Staff mobility

There is the option of spending a week (usually for employees of partner institutions) or a longer study period getting to know the institution and, where possible, playing an active role in teaching and research. PHSG employees will receive appropriate support should they wish to spend time at an institution abroad.



The PHSG campus comprises four buildings in three locations: Gossau, Rorschach and St.Gallen. Our buildings – the majority of which are listed, and some of which are more than 100 years old – house modern research facilities and a lively university community.



The PHSG conducts research on a variety of educational topics, as well as developing and testing potential solutions and new approaches. The results of this research provide the foundation for empirically-based teacher training. A total of nine institutions work on projects in the fields of educational research, development and evaluation.



Among our chief services are the five Regional Didactic Centres, the Centres for Early Childhood Education, Mathematics and Interreligious Learning, the Specialist Units for Democracy Education and Human Rights, for School Development, for Theatre, as well as the Institute for ICT and Media.



The PHSG stands out not only on account of its extensive specialist, didactic and pedagogic expertise, but also on account of its highly developed connections with the professional world and its well-regarded research into teaching and learning. We encourage innovation and thus contribute to the development of both teacher training and the school itself.

The Rector’s Board consists of the Rector and four Vice-Rectors and reports to the University Council, which is headed by the Minister of Education of the Canton of St. Gallen. There is also an advisory board made up of international experts in the field.



  • Teacher Education, Special Pedagogy, Educational Science, Subject-specific Didactics
    – Pre-primary level
    – Pre-primary and primary levels
    – Primary level
    – Secondary level I
    – Secondary level II / Vocational education and training
    – Tertiary level B didactics
    – Adult education didactics
    – Subject-related education
    – Special needs education


  • Number of Bachelor programmes: 2
  • Number of Master programmes: 5
  • Number of programmes in continuing education: 5

At a glance