University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ)
PHZ Lucerne is a component part of the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ). It offers the following:
- Basic teacher training for the pre-school level, primary level (1st to 6th grade) and also for the lower secondary level (7th to 9th grade). Further offers are a Master in Special Needs Education (MA SHP) and a course for upper secondary level teachers (SEK II). Details
- In-service teacher training
- Research and development
- Educational services
Training at PHZ Lucerne is primarily aimed at student teachers. At PHZ Lucerne experienced teachers can also study to teach at a higher level.
Basic Teacher Education
Education at PHZ Lucerne is primarily aimed at student teachers. At PHZ Lucerne experienced teachers can also study to teach at a higher level.
PHZ Lucerne offers the following basic teacher education courses:
- Course for pre-school and lower primary (KU) teachers: students receive training in all the subject areas taught in pre-school and the first and second school years. The regulation period of study is six semesters and the course ends with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Primary and Primary Education.
- Course for primary level (PS) teachers: primary level teachers can teach seven subjects in the 1st to 6th class in any primary school in Switzerland. The regulation period of study is six semesters and the course ends with a Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education.
- Course for lower secondary level teachers (SEK I): the lower secondary level diploma entitles the holder to teach in four optional subjects in secondary schools and lower grammar school classes. This course ends with a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and is recognised throughout Switzerland. The course is divided into a foundation course (2 semesters) and a main course (6 semesters). The main course can only be studied at PHZ Lucerne.
These three courses begin with a multi-level foundation year which teaches the same basic knowledge to students of all three courses. The study consists mainly of
- Specialized knowledge with interdisciplinary components,
- Training in educational theory,
- Practical, occupational training for about 35% of the entire training time,
- Relationships of the professional field to research and development,
- Specialist study courses.
In addition, the PHZ Lucerne offers the following comprehensive teacher training courses.
- Master in Special Needs Education (MA-SHP): University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ) has been running a Master programme for special education needs teachers at its campus in Lucerne since September 2007. These specialists will work with the regular class teachers in normal classes, in small classes and at special educational needs centres (special schools).
- Course for upper secondary level teachers (SEK II): An integrated Masters programme leads to the qualification of grammar school teacher. This study combines specific subject knowledge with methodological, pedagogical and practical aspects. It aims to give above average gifted young people a bright future and strengthens Switzerland's position in the field of education.
- So-called L-courses are for teachers who wish to change and receive the right to teach at a higher level in school.
All courses start at the beginning of September each year and are structured in modules. The teaching language is German. The teaching diplomas are accepted in Switzerland and throughout Europe.
The PHZ accepts foreign students for one semester within the context of the ERASMUS programme. Thanks to bilateral negotiations Switzerland is able to participate equally in the ERASMUS programme as a so-called "Silent-Partner" even though it is not a full member of the European Union. The same conditions as apply in the rest of Europe applied to students of the ERASMUS programme who want to attend part of their studies in Switzerland.