School Counselor for teaching degree programs (extension)

State Examination
Semester fee
78 Euro
Start of the program
Winter and summer semester
Standard length of the program
4 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible

Counseling teachers are trained counselors who have qualified for counseling through a state examination. [...] The range of counseling services covers the entire educational process. At the intersection of school and home, it ranges from talks and information offers to pedagogical assistance to support and prevention.

The training of future counseling teachers at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt takes into account in particular the requirements of inclusion and career orientation, to which the LPO I (in german) refers in various ways in Section 112.

(Source: ISB – Staatsinstitut für Schulqualität und Bildungsforschung München (2010). Beratungslehrkräfte in Bayern. Wege aufzeigen. Brücken bauen. Kompetenzen stärken. München: Hintermaier, page 4) - in german

Extension possibilities

Basic extension

A prerequisite for taking up the extension studies for the qualification as a counseling teacher is the simultaneous study of a teaching degree at KU. Undergraduate students are recommended to complete required areas of educational science studies in the teacher training program in advance.

Subsequent extension

The prerequisite for the subsequent extension is the Second State Examination for a teaching profession (elementary school or secondary school (Mittelschule, Realschule, Gymnasium), vocational school or special education).

The program in detail

Contents of the training program

The extension course is designed to provide the scientific foundations and basic knowledge as well as skills, competencies and attitudes that enable the counseling teacher to independently handle counseling tasks that arise in everyday school life.
In addition to psychological expertise, differentiated knowledge of school organization and the legal as well as sociological foundations are required.

  • Personality psychology
  • Educational-psychological diagnostics
  • Counseling psychology
  • Educational basics of counseling
  • Learning and performance difficulties at school
  • In-depth knowledge of the Bavarian school system
  • Sociological aspects of counseling

Conceptualization of the extension studies

Psychological study contents

•    Psychological counseling and conversational skills
•    Personality psychology and psychology of teaching and learning
•    Behavioral problems, learning and performance difficulties
•    Educational-psychological diagnostics
•    Counseling case analysis

School pedagogical study contents

•    Pedagogical basics of counseling in school
•    Pedagogical support in case of learning difficulties, classroom disruptions and disabilities
•    School career counseling
•    Organizational counseling, inclusive school development, evaluation

Most of the modules are held in block courses to also give students, who complete the extension subsequently, the possibility to attend.

Module plan

The module plans/program structure plans for each school type can be accessed on the website of the Center for Teacher Education (in German).

Rankings and assessments


KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2024 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the third time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021 and 2022. The ranking was based on over 78,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 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.

More ranking results

Practical connection

Those who decide to study counseling should be interested in the pedagogical and psychological laws and interrelationships in the school context beyond the usual level and enjoy cooperative, solution-oriented work in the school system.
In addition to a high level of psychological resilience, the willingness to develop one's own personality, social skills, a humanistic and appreciative attitude, the ability to work in a team, confidentiality, and the ability to communicate, the ability to deal with conflicts and self-reflection ability are also required for working in counseling.
Through the intensive examination of their own personality, future guidance counselors should be able to act as stable, solution-oriented contact persons for students, teachers and parents – even in exceptional educational situations.

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild


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.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

Can I also study at the KU if I have completed the Fachabitur?

Yes, you can study certain degree programs at the KU with a subject-specific university entrance qualification (Fachabitur). These are: Social Work (BA) and Religious Education (BA).


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.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

International Office
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt


General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Teaching program at the KU or 2nd State Examination for a teaching profession
Language requirements
Application period winter
Until Jul 15
Application period summer
Until Jan 15
Admission restriction
Selection procedure


The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.

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