Reform announced – Polaschek wants faster career influx for teachers


The announced reform of teacher education should be implemented quickly, if Education Minister Martin Polaschek (ÖVP) has his way. Among other things, he is thinking of a “better, faster” career start and more part-time master’s programmes. Polaschek met representatives of teacher training colleges (PH) and universities on Wednesday.

Currently, teacher training consists of four years of bachelor’s degrees and at least one year of primary school master’s degrees. All other school types require a six-year degree – four years of bachelor’s degree and two years of master’s degree. However, you can already work full-time as a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, as well as as a class leader in an elementary school. “Here you need models that are attractive and creative,” Polaschek said in Linz on Wednesday.

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Due to the lack of teachers – reports – there are currently growing calls for a significant reduction in training, at least for certain types of schools. The Ministry of Education will not comply, Polaschek made clear: “I give a clear no to the general call to lower teacher education.” Equal training for all teachers is “essential” and “the foundation for increasing the permeability” of the training and an upgrade of the primary school.

This is important for the future of the profession. “Because of a shortage of doctors, no one would demand that we train them in three or two years of study.” It was only in 2015/2016 that the training of teaching staff was fundamentally changed. For teachers in primary and secondary education, the duration of training has doubled to six years compared to before. In general secondary education (AHS) and secondary and higher vocational education (BMHS) it takes one and a half years longer than before.

In addition, teachers are no longer trained for specific school types, but for age groups. The training takes place in teacher training courses (primary and secondary vocational education) or at PHs and universities (secondary level, consisting of secondary school, AHS and BMHS).

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According to Polaschek, ‘qualified career changers’ should also be included in the system in the future. Another point is ‘an even better connection between theory and practice’.

Source: Krone


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