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Bachelor program

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Education
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
minor subject
Teaching language
School subject
Protestant Religious Education
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Vocational schools

Course Details

The subsidiary course of study Protestant Religious Education teaches you the connections between religion and society.

During your studies you will acquire knowledge about:

  • biblical sources,
  • ecclesiastical traditions,
  • Protestant teaching.

Learn how to understand the place of the Protestant Church in school and religiously pluralistic society. You will gain theological discernment and independence through your studies in order to be able to convey a responsible approach to Christian tradition and to translate central contents of the Christian faith as a meaningful offer for individual life.

During your studies you will acquire knowledge of a collection of writings or a basic topic:

  • Old and New Testament,
  • Epoch of church history,
  • Question of dogmatics or ethics,
  • The problem of religious education studies.

Protestant theology is a course of study that prepares students for religious education at primary, regular and vocational schools.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • in teaching Protestant religion at primary, regular or vocational schools (provided that a Master's degree related to teaching profession has been completed),
  • in publishing,
  • in journalism,
  • in the media,
  • in cultural organisations,
  • in Human Resources,
  • in counseling.

Protestant Religious Education in Detail

Structure of the study program

The bachelor's degree course at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.

Orientation Phase (First Year)

  • Introduction to biblical science
  • Introduction to religion in society
  • Introduction to religious education studies

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • Deepening of biblical studies
  • Deepening of religion in society
  • Deepening of religious education studies


The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.

Examinations regulations minor subject Protestant Religious Education

Possible combinations

At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's program. You may have to observe combination rules.

Combination rule:

  • Protestant Religious Education can be combined with all fields of study except Catholic Religious Education.
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Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad


Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field

Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:

  • two school type-related school internships in the Bachelor's program

Study teaching profession

Information about study teaching profession

Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor-Master study system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's program, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
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Relevance for teacher training

If you follow a master's degree course in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject Protestant Religion at the following schools:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Vocational schools

Studying to become a primary school teacher

  • Combination of the major subject Primary and Elementary Education with the minor subject Protestant Religious Education.

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Studying to become a primary school teacher

Studying to become a secondary school teacher

  • Combination of the major subject (relevant to the teaching profession) with Protestant Religious Education

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Studying to become a secondary school teacher

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

  • Protestant Religious Education as a general subject

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

Admissions qualification

Studying with Abitur

  • general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education

General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):

Language requirements

  • knowledge of Latin recommended

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH)
Language requirements for access / DSH

No admission limitation (without nc)

At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.

Master Programs

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Discovery Days

The discovery days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and program: Discovery Days

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The minor subject in Protestant Religious Education is admission-free (without NC).

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

If you combine Protestant Religious Education with an admission-free program (without NC), you can enrol directly from June 1 to September 30.

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If you wish to combine Protestant Religious Education with an admission-restricted field of study (with NC), please apply from  July 1 to August 20 using the following link.

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