Teaching German (foreign language) for Secondary Education (only for Primary Education teachers)

  • Department/School
  • Department of Education and Learning
  • Head of course
  • Magda Ramadan
  • Course type
  • Course running in parallel with professional working activity (120 ECTS over three years)
  • Admission
  • Since there is only a limited number of available places, admission to the course is regulated by a procedure.
  • Language
  • German
  • Application fee
  • A CHF 100 fee must be paid when the application is made. This fee is not reimbursable, and cannot be deducted from the semester fee.
  • Course fee
  • The semester fee amounts to CHF 1,600. This sum is reduced to CHF 800 for students who benefit from the application of the ASUP Intercantonal Agreement for Vocational Universities (Swiss nationality or civil and fiscal domicile in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein). Contribution to didactic costs: CHF 80.
  • Centre
  • Locarno
  • Start date
  • 6 September 2021
  • Application deadline
  • 8 April 2021
  • This training started in the 2021/2022 academic year and will not be repeated at the moment. offered again.
  • Description
  • A profession at the service of the cultural development of the citizen. Starting from the consideration that the school is a place of cultural and social formation, the teaching profession requires not only a solid disciplinary, didactic and pedagogical preparation, but also an open and curious look towards the future, since it places the teacher in constant contact with the new generations, with the challenges and needs that their development entails. The training is aimed exclusively at candidates who already have a Bachelor in Teaching for the elementary level (school years: 3-7). The minimum regulatory duration of studies is three years in parallel with professional activity (PAP). The training prepares you for the teaching of German as a foreign language in secondary school.


The general objective of the training is to provide the scientific basis for the description and analysis of learning processes in general and the processes of learning German as a foreign language in particular, to integrate teaching and learning theory with age and context-specific knowledge and its teaching consequences and to prepare learners for intercultural tasks, i.e. cultural mediation tasks.


The school is the place of learning in the broadest sense of the word, not just of knowledge in the strictest sense. The reference content is the set of knowledge that represents the cultural foundation of society.

The professional figure of the teacher therefore requires skills that span multiple dimensions, consequently the skills he or she must have at his or her disposal touch on very wide fields: they range from skills of a socio-relational nature that favour the setting up of a fruitful relationship with the students in order to facilitate their learning process, to skills of a professional nature that concern the relationship between knowledge and its didactic transposition.

Admission requirements

For admission requirements please refer to the page "Admission requirements and procedure" (in Italian).

Career prospects

The qualification awarded qualifies you to teach German (foreign language) in secondary school.