Heidelberg University of Education specialises in training teachers for a wide range of careers in primary, lower secondary and special needs education and preparing them for their final state examinations. The University of Education also trains other types of educators, offering courses such as the cooperative Bachelor and Masters Engineering Education programmes that qualify teachers to work in vocational education. New courses include the Bachelor degrees in Basic and Pre-primary Education and Health Promotion. Programmes such as the MA in E-Learning and Media Education – which combines teaching and learning processes with media – and the MA in Educational Sciences aim to prepare prospective teachers for future challenges in education. The MA programm Educational Sciences offers optional profiles in Early Childhood Education, Education for Inclusion, Cultural Education, Educational Leadership and Teaching Strategies.
The University has over 4,600 students and around 500 lecturers, teaching a curriculum that covers pedagogical principles, subject-specific teaching skills and subject-based didactics. Training is strongly practice-oriented from the outset. The university has a clearly defined profile, focussing on the fields of culture and the natural sciences, offering a range of professional further training courses and cooperating with universities abroad while maintaining close ties with institutes in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.