Department of Educational Science

Section for Teacher Education and Research (Bildungswissenschaften)


As an interface between the academic domains and their application in the classroom, the teacher education programme is concerned with the basics of educational and pedagogical processes, as well as with the institutional and social frameworks of education.

About Our Course of Studies

Education Science at Trier University offers future teachers the basis for professionalism in teaching in the primary school and secondary schools through knowledge of their study domains and of educational and didactic theory. The following degree programmes are offered:

  • Bachelor of Education for teaching in Grundschule, Realschule plus and Gymnasium
  • Master of Education for teaching in Realschule plus
  • Master of Education for teaching in Gymnasium

About Our Research

The main focus of the research in our section is on theory-driven, empirical analysis of requirements for successful teaching, learning and educational processes. Specifically, the close relation of theory and application is a prominent concern in ongoing empirical, theoretical, systematic and historical, analyses.

The teacher education and research section is made up of three units. One professor heads each unit:



The Educational Science Section (Erziehungswissenschaft)

Modern societies are characterized by the proliferation of forms of knowledge, the acceleration of its circulation and transformation as well as the increasing importance of organisations. A thorough understanding of processes of knowledge creation and of the social organisation of knowledge is indispensable.

The Educational Science section addresses these developments in teaching and research, particularly the development and organisation of education, social work and welfare policy with the aim of changing people’s attitudes and behaviour. A major focus of applying these theoretical considerations is on the professional fields of social work and the organisation of welfare services. 

Degree Programmes
The section teaches major parts of the Bachelor’s degree “Social pedagogy and organisational studies“ and the entire range of courses in the Master’s degree “Organisation of the Social“ (a one-subject major or a minor). Students are trained particularly to reflect on interrelations between organisational and professional processes of structuring in education and social work.

About Our Research
The section’s six units research the development of educational fields. The latter are described as social and cultural products of interconnected professional and knowledge-based organizational processes. A main area of the division’s research is that within various forms of educational organisations, professionals structurally expect change in the persons they address. Therefore, the academic staff’s research focuses on the following topics:

  • “development of professional competencies”,
  • “establishment of new models of knowledge”,
  • “Implementation and enforcement of professional and organisational structures in increasingly complex welfare systems”.

Educational Science is organized into six units. One professor heads each unit: