75-90% of the bachelor's program with a subject-specific profile is used to impart specialist knowledge. In the single-subject bachelor’s program, discipline-oriented knowledge is taught in one subject. In the two-subject bachelor’s program, discipline-oriented knowledge is spread over two subjects. In the bachelor's teaching degree program, 70-80% is for the acquisition of discipline-oriented knowledge, whereby the studies encompass either two subjects (secondary school) or three subjects (teaching degree elementary school).
General Studies / Educational Science
The subject-specific study program is supplemented by study-related components. There are also courses in which study techniques are taught.
For study programs with a specialized academic profile, these components are called General Studies (GS) and comprise 10-25% of the study program. The area of General Studies encompasses so-called key qualifications, e.g. scientific methods, literature search, foreign languages, writing, presentation and facilitation techniques, project management, time management, and media literacy. As a rule, these subject options are electives.
In the bachelor's teaching degree program, the occupational-field components are in the educational sciences, which account for 20-30% of the bachelor's degree, depending on the targeted school type.
Modularization and Credit Points
Studies are divided into modules. These are individual learning units, each completed with an exam. The time spent studying is measured in Credit Points (CP), which are acquired continuously during the studies. The final grade awarded results from the sum of the CP-weighted module grades. Thus, the student input over the entire course of studies flows into the final grade. One CP entails a workload of 30 hours. Each semester, students should aim at earning approximately 30 CP. This requires an average workload of approximately 40 hours per week.The number of credit points that have to be earned in General Studies or the area of professionalization vary for the different bachelor’s programs. As a rule students have to earn a total of 180 CP for the award of a bachelor's degree.