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Professional Skills


Professional Skills (BOK)

As a bachelor’s student, you complete modules designed to provide you with practical professional qualifications at the Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS), either during or outside of the teaching period.

The BOK courses are divided into five areas:

The courses give you the chance to gain insight into general professional fields, meet people from professional contexts, and build up an individual set of additional qualifications.

Bachelor’s students are required to take courses in professional skills as an obligatory part of their degree programs. For students of B.Sc. programs, the BOK area is divided into an “internal” area designed by the department offering the degree program and an “external” interdisciplinary area developed by the ZfS. Details are described in the examination regulations of the individual degree programs, which are available for download in the list of fields of study.

The professional skills courses help you to acquire general key qualifications through teamwork, practical work, and problem-oriented work. They provide scope for you to take a critical look at your own competencies and wishes, the demands of the labor market, and other disciplines.

The ZfS courses are taught by proven experts with practical professional experience, for instance in the areas of marketing, human resources management, media and journalism, information and communication technology, interculturalism, and foreign languages.
Students are required to register online for all ZfS courses on the electronic course catalog. Registration is binding. Bachelor’s students receive preferential admission to courses until they have earned the required amount of ECTS credits in the BOK area for their degree program.

Besides the required courses, the ZfS gives all students matriculated at the university the opportunity to sign up for courses during the free admissions phase of registration and acquire additional practical qualifications alongside their regular course of study.

Interdisciplinary Key Qualifications (SQ)
Students from the Faculty of Law may take selected courses offered by the Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS) in the areas of Communication and Management to fulfill their interdisciplinary key qualifications requirement (SQ), as described in Section 9, Paragraph 2, No. 4 of the State Law Study and Examination Regulations (JAPrO).

The courses specified in the JAPrO as suitable for fulfilling the SQ requirement are primarily courses involving rhetorical and communication skills. Moreover, there is a basic economics course that may be taken as an interdisciplinary key qualifications course.
For information on other means of fulfilling the SQ requirement, please contact your departmental student advisor at the Faculty of Law.

The selection of eligible courses is unfortunately strictly limited by the State Law Examination Office (LJPA). Apart from a few exceptions in the Management area, the LJPA generally only honors credits from selected courses in the Communication area for the SQ requirement. Please be sure to read the “Obligatory Instructions” section in the course description, in which non-eligible courses are identified as such.

Students are required to register online for all ZfS courses on the electronic course catalog. Registration is binding. Law students receive preferential admission to eligible courses until they have fulfilled the SQ requirement for their degree program.

You are also welcome to register for other courses in the Management, Communication, Media, and Information Technology areas during the free admissions phase of registration.
This gives you the opportunity to acquire valuable further qualifications for the rest of your studies as well as your later professional life. In addition, the courses are a chance to take a close look at your own competencies, ideas, and expectations.


Orientation Internship (OSP)

Students of the polyvalent dual-major bachelor’s degree program with an option for secondary school teaching qualification generally complete a three-week orientation internship (OSP) after the teaching period of their first semester of study. The Freiburg University of Education and the University of Freiburg have developed a joint concept for the OSP in the cooperation network Freiburg Advanced Center for Education (FACE).

The students take a lecture course and an accompanying parallel course to prepare for their duties during the internship. In the follow-up phase of the parallel course and in the required portfolio, the students reflect on their experience during the internship and identify areas for future learning and development.
The OSP with a preparatory and follow-up parallel course has three basic aims:

  • It gives the students an opportunity to reflect on their chosen degree program and career path and reassure themselves that they have made the right decision by giving them intensive exposure to the demands of key tasks of the teaching profession. These key tasks are above all aspects that contribute to the success of a good lesson, including explaining content, motivating students, and dealing with classroom disruptions.
  • It allows the students to investigate the significance of scientific theories and findings for performing key tasks of the teaching profession in an atmosphere in which they receive guidance but can at the same time work autonomously. This involves describing, analyzing, and reflecting on the teaching and school situations they experience using the theoretical knowledge they have acquired during their studies.
  • It constitutes an initial step toward professionalization in the teaching profession in three respects: First, it initiates an inquiring and distanced mind frame in the students, second, it makes them conscious of their implicit interpretations of and subjective theories about key tasks of the teaching profession, and third, it gives them initial experience with key tasks of the teaching profession.

The Department of Educational Science is responsible for the Educational Sciences Module; the individual elements of the OSP are organized by the Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS).

Personal Competence Module (MPK)

The “Personal Competence Module” (“Modul Personale Kompetenz” or MPK for short) is a component of Baden-Württemberg’s “Lehramt an Gymnasien” (GymPO I) teaching degree program, which is currently being phased out. Its purpose is to intensify the students’ personal relationship with the teaching profession over and above the scientific knowledge they acquire in their individual fields of study and to help them develop their personal competence.

In addition to completing coursework and examinations in their major fields of study, students matriculated in the “Lehramt an Gymnasien” degree program are required to complete coursework and examinations in the subject didactics modules, basic studies in ethics and philosophy, the parallel course in educational sciences, and the personal competence area.

The MPK area encompasses a total of 6 ECTS credits. Students may take two practical courses of their choice worth 3 ECTS credits each.

Students are required to register online for all ZfS courses on the electronic course catalog. Registration is binding. Teaching degree students receive preferential admission to MPK courses until they have earned the required amount of ECTS credits in the MPK area.


Contact, Information, and Advising

Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS)
Universitätsstraße 9
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 (0)761/203 97587
Fax: +49 (0)761/203 9472

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