University College of Teacher Education Carinthia

Group of young smiling students. Education concept background. © PHK/Waldner

The University College of Teacher Education Carinthia is the major teacher training institution in Carinthia. The University College of Teacher Education Carinthia – Viktor Frankl – combines professional initial, in-service and continuing education of teachers with research on relevant educational and pedagogical themes. Due to the UCTE’s location in the Alps-Adriatic region we focus on didactics of language learning/multilingualism and global citizenship education. It is a natural aspect of our work to take into account Carinthia’s cultural situation as a bilingual region and to promote multilingualism and mobility of students. We cooperate with universities and university colleges all over Europe and are part of a group of eight universities and university colleges in the south-east of Austria.

Faculties and programmes

Initial training. (Bachelor and Master)
Primary school teacher education | Special needs teacher education | Secondary school teacher education (in cooperation with the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt) | Vocational school teacher education
Lifelong learning. In-service training for teachers | Professional continuing education | Academy for leadership in schools (master’s programme) | Information technologies and e-learning | Multilingualiism and intercultural learning | Global citizenship education | Coaching, mentoring and organisational development (master’s programme)


The UCTE houses a regional Centre for Didactics of Natural Science which focuses on didactic education and training for natural sciences. This Science Lab offers many stations and learning arrangements with a variety of learning materials to help with individual learning and research. Furthermore, we are a centre for outstanding projects in the field of school development and run an academy for school-leadership and senior management trainings. Top priority is given to methods of individualisation and methods derived from the pedagogies of the school reformers at the turn of the century. The University College of Teacher Education of Carinthia is committed to Viktor Frankl’s image of humanity and ethics and therefore offers lectures and courses in the area of meaning-centred pedagogy. Our day-to-day work is based on a concept influenced by Viktor Frankl and his philosophy.