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The subject LER is based on the four pillars of lifestyle, ethics, religious studies and subject didactics. This means that the subject is not a substitute for religious instruction and it is also not identical to the subject "ethics" (the compulsory alternative subject for religious instruction in most federal states). In terms of content, LER is most likely to show subjects such as "Practical Philosophy" or "Values ??and Norms".The school subject LER deals with existential and current questions and problems of shaping and coping with life for children and adolescents from these four perspectives. In the LER course, the foundations are laid for teaching the LER school subject in an age-appropriate manner. The students are provided with a sound basic knowledge as well as basic skills and abilities from the reference disciplines philosophy / ethics, religious studies and psychology / sociology. The main course content includes insights into central theories and problems of philosophical ethics as well as into the three monotheistic world religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam including their traditions.Teachers must be able to use the knowledge acquired in this way flexibly and creatively in order to deal with questions of everyday life in an interdisciplinary manner. You also need an attitude that is characterized by openness to the students' questions and problems. It is also necessary to be willing to constantly develop new areas of knowledge and to question yourself. In order to be able to master the school challenges that result from the interdisciplinary access to youth-specific key problems, the subject LER places a clear focus on subject-didactic training. This should enable the design of teaching-learning scenarios in which, based on life-relevant fundamental questions, competencies for independent and self-determined life are conveyed.


The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module.The teaching-related bachelor's degree comprises a total of 180 credit points (CP). Of these, 69 credit points are attributable to the specialist study of lifestyle, ethics and religious studies. The subject LER comprises the contents shown in the overview below.   


Credit points

Basic module introduction to LER I: Philosophy and Religious Studies 12 LP
Basic module introduction to LER II: subject didactics, psychology and sociology 12 CP (including 4 CP for subject didactics)
Advanced module philosophical core competencies 12 LP
Advanced module for core competencies in religious studies 12 LP
Occupational field-related advanced module I: Psychology 6 LP
Occupational field-related advanced module II: Subject didactics 6 LP
Advanced module for interdisciplinary project work 9 CP (including 3 CP subject didactics)
total 69 LP


You should be interested in philosophical, ethical and religious questions and problems for the subjects of Life, Ethics and Religious Studies. This also means that you should be ready to deal with difficult texts and theories at times. Above all, however, you should count openness, tolerance and impartiality towards other people and world views as one of your strengths, as you as a teacher serve as a role model in this regard. You should be motivated to face the teaching profession itself. Experience already gained in dealing with children and adolescents can be useful for your decision to study, but also for the course itself.


At the end of their studies, graduates will be able to apply basic scientific knowledge and fundamental methodological skills in the related disciplines of philosophy / ethics and religious studies, as well as to develop problem areas typical for young people from a psychological and sociological point of view. In addition, they acquire the competence to take a look at teaching practice against the background of scientifically and didactically trained analysis and reflection skills. Overall, the bachelor's degree provides the basics for designing age- and development-appropriate, competence-oriented LER lessons.

With the teacher training bachelor's degree you acquire the academic degree of the Bachelor of Education. This represents a first professional academic degree, which, however, does not yet qualify for the assumption of a teaching post. In addition, a master’s degree and preparatory service (legal clerkship) have to be completed. Due to the professional and pedagogical skills acquired during the course, however, this bachelor's degree can also offer career prospects outside of the teaching profession.

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