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Institute in Education

At the Institute of Education, around 2,000 students are studying in educational science bachelor and master programmes, in the teaching diploma for upper secondary schools or in doctoral studies. Thirteen chairs and more than 100 employees research and teach on a comprehensive spectrum of current educational science topics. The Institute of Education is the largest educational science institute at a Swiss university.


The present Institute of Education goes back to the foundation of the Pedagogical Institute in 1968. After merging with the Institute for Special Education in 2009, the institute received its current name: Institute of Education. In 2012, the Institute of Education expanded further and merged with the Institute for Baccalaureate and Vocational Education.

Educational Science Degree Programs

The Institute of Education offers two Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Educational Science (Major/Minor) and in Educational Science and Psychology (Major), as well as two complementary Master's degree programs in Economic Education (Minor) and in Education in the Life Course (Minor). Further there are also various doctoral programmes.

Teaching Diploma for Upper Secondary Education

The Department of Teacher Education for Upper Secondary Education offers the teaching diploma for upper secondary baccalaureate “Matura” schools (German only). In addition, the department provides ongoing professional development opportunities during career entry and continuing education.


The institute conducts basic and applied research on central scientific and social issues in formal, non-formal and informal educational contexts such as school, family, youth work and professional life. This is accomplished with historical, qualitative, quantitative and theory-building approaches and with the support of public and private institutions: the Swiss National Science Foundation, foundations, companies, the federal government, cantons and municipalities.


The institute is involved in various areas of the educational system, including evaluations, continuing education, lectures and consultations as well as participation in relevant committees.