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Catholic Religious Education as subject in the Bachelor’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education

Catholic Religious Education as subject in the Bachelor’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education
(Bachelor of Science)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (2 Subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

Pre-study internship in the vocational subject (recommended).

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Catholic Religious Education is offered as a teaching subject (or supplementary teaching subject) within the bachelor''s programme Technical Education. As first subject, a vocational subject must be studied.“ Please note the subject combination options.

The public has (once again) become aware of the phenomenon of “religion” – often in its conflicting, dubious form. Against this backdrop, the aim of the degree programme in Catholic Theology is to give students the skills required to (self-)critically assess contemporary religious phenomena in culture, society and the Church on the basis of Christian self-understanding and its core categories of creation, revelation and salvation. Consequently, the degree programme serves to elaborate the identity of Christianity and its ability to accept pluralism. Students critically explore the historical and contemporary testimony of Christianity; discuss how it contributes to shaping culture and society; and reflect on religious influences in their own biography.

At Leibniz Universität Hannover, students of theology enjoy ideal learning conditions, thanks to the small study groups in seminars and lectures, and the intense individual support and mentoring provided by the teaching staff. Cooperation with the University of Hildesheim means that a wide range of different theological disciplines are represented, namely by a total of five professors and additional staff, which is unusual in the field of teacher training. Student representatives from the department also act as important contact persons in addition to the teaching staff. Their tireless commitment contributes significantly to the informal atmosphere in the Catholic Theology Section.

Further information on the website of the Institute of Theology (German language only)

Course Content

  • Biblical theology: the origin of the Christian faith in the Holy Scripture
  • Historical theology: the history and experience of the Church, from its origin to the present
  • Practical theology: the relevance of faith in the life and actions of people today
  • Systematic theology: the rational accountability of faith in the context of the question of truth
Course Structure

During the first few semesters, students take four basic courses in Biblical Theology, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology, each of which opens up a specific perspective on theology as a science of the Christian faith, offering first insights into theological issues, methods and content.

Parallel to this, from the second semester onwards, students start exploring in depth how faith in the God of Jesus Christ is reflected in the Bible, history and present-day experience and takes on relevance for the thoughts, lives and actions of people in the world today. Students learn to provide information about the content and forms of the Christian faith; to discuss ethical problems from a theological perspective; to perceive the biographical dimension of faith; to reflect critically on religious positions and traditions in the Church and in society, and to classify them in the fields of religious education.

Students who did not take Latin at school can easily acquire the basic knowledge of Latin required for the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education.

Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in theological and philosophical issues: the question of God, the question of man, and the meaning of life
  • An interest in the wealth of experience provided by the Bible and in historical, social and political issues and problems
  • Willingness to assess and discuss scholarly texts
  • With regard to a potential career in teaching: an interest in working with young adults and in developing teaching and learning processes
Career Opportunities

The majority of our graduates train as teachers in the master’s programme for Technical Education. The Bachelor’s degree is however also a professional qualification. Wherever theological expertise is called for, for example in the media, publishing and libraries, politics and the arts, in social work and administration, our graduates will be needed.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master''s programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master''s programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the Bachelor Teacher Training Course for Technical Education are restricted: Computer Science, English Studies (school subject: English), Food Science, German Studies (school subject: German), Politics, Spanish Studies, Sports.

Some subjects in the Bachelor Teacher Training Course for Technical Education are admission-free: Catholic Religious Education, Chemistry, Colour Technology and Interior Decoration, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Metals Technology, Physics, Plant Operations and Manufacturing of Wood Products, Protestant Religious Education and Site Engineering.

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations:

Application Deadlines

For a subject combination with at least one subject with restricted admission:

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Those continuing their studies (application for higher semesters) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th).

For a subject combination with two admission-free subjects:

01.06.-30.09. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only enrol in the winter semester.
  • Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application for higher semesters) can also enrol in the summer semester (December 1st - March 31st).

The following applies to applications from non-EU countries:

  • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg) is required.
  • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.
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30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover