Teacher Education for Secondary Level I and Baccalaureate Schools
With the Combined Teaching Diploma for Secondary Education Level I and Baccalaureate Schools (CDS) from the University of Fribourg, students acquire the skills required to teach in secondary education level I and baccalaureate schools. This diploma cannot be acquired anywhere else in German-speaking Switzerland.
The Combined Teaching Diploma programme includes pedagogical and didactic content, as well as internships at both school levels.
Profile of the study programme
The Combined Teaching Diploma for Secondary Education Level I and Baccalaureate Schools from the University of Fribourg offers the following advantages:
One certificate with two teaching qualifications
This course is a way of acquiring a teaching qualification for Secondary Education Level I and Baccalaureate Schools.
Unique in German-speaking Switzerland
The University of Fribourg is the only place in German-speaking Switzerland where a combined university teaching diploma can be obtained.
Flexible course of studies
Two methods of study are available: Students can either enter after obtaining a master's degree in two teaching subjects (consecutive method) or begin training immediately after obtaining a bachelor's degree and alongside their master's (parallel professional studies method).
Step by step from the beginning, putting theory into practice
Our students obtain practical experience right from the very beginning of the programme. After individual lessons during the semester, each student will spend three weeks during the first intermediate semester as a trainee at a school. Additional internships at both target levels then follow.
We offer a solid university education in an intimate setting. Although the university is a large-scale operation, teacher training proceeds on a personalised basis.
The aim of the course is for students to acquire solid vocational skills based on their specialised field of learning and to build the hands-on skills required to teach in schools at Secondary Education Level I and Baccalaureate Schools. Future teachers will understand how to plan, initiate, guide and evaluate learning processes and to fulfil their educational mandate in a responsible and professional way.
Organisation of studies
The pedagogical, didactic and practical vocational training covers 106 ECTS credits and is divided into five modules:
– Module 1: Fundamentals of educational sciences and general didactics (15 ECTS credits)
– Module 2: School and society (8 ECTS credits)
– Module 3: Teaching and learning (13 ECTS credits)
– Module 4: Subject Didactics (22 ECTS credits)
– Module 5. Occupational training (48 ECTS credits)
The Combined Teaching Diploma for Secondary Education Level I and Baccalaureate Schools is a certificate of proficiency for teaching at Secondary Education Level I and Baccalaureate Schools. This diploma will enable the holder to teach at Secondary Education Level I (Year 9 to Year 11 of the HarmoS system) and/or at Baccalaureate Schools, specialised Baccalaureate schools and upper secondary specialised schools. Some people use it to pursue a career in other fields.
Structure of studies
106 ECTS credits, 5-7 semesters
The list of teaching subjects can be consulted in the study plan.
The prerequisite for acquiring a combined teaching diploma is a master's degree or licentiate in at least two intended teaching subjects. The bachelor's degree in the chosen teaching subjects must be completed by the beginning of the CDS course at the latest.