The Institute's main objective is to provide contemporary and future-orientated training for various professional fields of activity not only to aspiring teachers, but also to young academic scholars for research and development projects founded on basic research in the educational sciences.
The research and teaching emphasis is nested in the themes Theory and History of Education, School Education, Empirical Research into Teaching and School Development and Research into Teaching and Learning, Socialization Theory and Research.
For these themes the Institute has received grants for numerous third-party funded research projects. In terms of teaching activities, the Institute participates in teacher training degree programmes - a two-subject B.A. with teacher training option and a Master of Education - as well as B.A. in Social Sciences with educational or educational science curricula. The Institute offers its own Master's degree programme with a M.A. in Educational Science, with focus on research and development in education.
The Institute works in close collaboration with the following intramural institutions:
Centre for Empirical Research into School and Education (ZeUS), Central Institution for Teacher Education (ZELB), Network for Continuing Teacher Education (NLF)
In addition there are various external cooperation partners:
German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Frankfurt/Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Bremen, University of Jena, Kyoto University, University of Freiburg: Freiburg University of Education, Freie Universität Berlin, University of Koblenz-Landau, IPN Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel, ...