Sustainable Education at Catholic Schools based on the Marchtaler Plan

Teacher at church schools
Admission restriction
Selection procedure
Place of study
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
2 Semester
Semester fee
56,00 Euro
Part-time studies possible


The continuing education offer “Sustainable Education at Catholic Schools based on the Marchtaler Plan” responds to the major challenges schools are currently faced with. The aim is to develop a way for responsibly shaping the world and unfolding individuality and personality by taking into account structural elements from progressive education. This continuing education certificate is particularly aimed at teachers of member schools of the Katholisches Schulwerk. The training will take place at explicitly designated places of learning for sustainability.

The program in detail


The course is conducted as a blended learning event over 12 months, i.e. as a content-coordinated mixture of mainly classroom phases and online learning. The instructors of the certificate contribute their interdisciplinary university and school expertise.


Module 1: Christian View of Human Life in the Horizon of a Good Life for All

  • Philosophical and pedagogical views of human life
  • Biblical-theological views of human life
  • Education for sustainable development: Responsibility for Creation – Shaping the world
  • School as an innovative place of learning for a good life

Module 2: Enabling Pedagogy and Profile Development at Catholic Schools

  • Teacher personality and staff development
  • Catholic schools: Foundations, profile development, and perspectives
  • Catholic schools in the context of school development
  • Private school law

Module 3: Profile Elements of Catholic Schools for the Realization of a Future-oriented Education

  • Alternative performance measurement
  • Feedback culture
  • Participation / class council
  • School pastoral as a field of action for good life
  • Work shadowing / practical examples

Module 4: Structural Elements of the Marchtaler Plan I: Morning Circle and Forms of Free Work

  • Theory and practice of the morning circle
  • Theory and practice of forms of free work
  • Future-oriented places of living and learning

Module 5: Structural Elements of the Marchtaler Plan II: Networked Teaching and Specialized Subject Teaching

  • Prerequisites of networked teaching from brain research, neurodidactics and learning theory
  • Theory and practice of networked teaching
  • Development and implementation of the lesson plan
  • Theory and practice of specialized subject teaching

Module 6: Advanced Theological Approaches

  • Images of God
  • Liturgy: Church year, liturgical rituals
  • Spirituality of Creation

Study locations

Study locations of the program are Eichstätt, Plankstetten and Hirschberg.

Seminar fee

The seminar fee for the entire program amounts to € 550.00 plus costs for overnight accommodation, meals and travel expenses.

Collaboration partners

The collaboration partners and participating institutions of the program are presented here (in german).


► Religious Education Learning Workshop (in german)

Rankings and assessments


KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

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The KU

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Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

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What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

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