Teacher training at Bielefeld University is characterized, among other things, by practical orientation and educational innovations. Career orientation in the Bachelor's and Master's programs, for example through internships and research-based learning in school practice, has been a matter of course for prospective teachers at Bielefeld University for years and has been further strengthened by the practical semester [Centre for teaching and learning]. The two experimental schools, the Laborschule [Laboratoy School] and the Oberstufenkolleg [High School College], have been providing important impulses for school reforms for over 40 years, which are also incorporated into the training. A special highlight is the study of integrated special education, which was introduced in 2002. To this day, it serves as a model for inclusion-oriented teacher training. Bielefeld University was also a pioneer in the tiered bachelor's and master's system: As early as 2002, the conventional teacher training and master's degree programs were replaced by the tiered system, and the diploma programs followed a few years later.
Bielefeld University offers the study program for the teaching profession Primary Schools, the teaching profession Secundary and Comprehensive Schools (HRSGe), the teaching profession Advanced Secondary and Comprehensive Schools and, in a special construction, the teaching profession for special needs education. If you choose the variant with Sepcial and Inclusive Education (ISP) in the teaching degree for primary school (G) or in the teaching degree for secondary and comprehensive school (HRSGe), after the master's degree for primary school or for secondary and comprehensive school (HRSGe) you can additionally acquire the master's degree for special education with the particularly sought-after special education subjects "Learning" and "Emotional and social development" in only two additional semesters.