Seminar Tübingen

The “Staatliches Seminar für Didaktik und Lehrerbildung” Tübingen was founded in 1948. It is a Higher Education Institute which is fully budgeted by the “Bundesland” Baden-Wuerttemberg. It is the second largest in the “Bundesland” and is, along with eight similar institutions, responsible for an 18-months professional preparatory course for future Gymnasium (grammar school) teachers.

The staff consists of over 100 teacher educators covering 24 different subject areas. At present, we have 550 student teachers for teaching, of whom there are 120 religious education and ethic/philosophy Seminar-Tuebingen-Gymnasientrainees. All trainees have completed their university studies with a master’s degree or equivalent (a prerequisite for admission) and have been appointed civil servants for their time at our ‘Seminar’. Apart from the courses they have to take at our institution, our trainees are assigned to almost 40 different grammar schools in the Tübingen area for teaching practice guided by experienced mentors. Our instructors visit their trainees in their lessons several times for analysis and guidance. The final examinations consist of the presentation of lessons, a thesis and oral exams on methodology in two subjects, pedagogy and school related law.

Being a “didactic centre” by status, another important part of the Seminar's work is in-service training, the development of teaching materials and school-based pedagogical research. A large proportion of the staff also lecture at the University of Tübingen.

The ’seminar’ has a specialist department whose focus is innovation in teacher educationand a further focus is cooperation in the areas of different types of denominational Religious Education and Ethics / Philosophy.