Teacher Training for Upper Secondary Schools - Teaching Diploma for Upper Secondary Education

Further information on the teaching diploma for secondary education is available on the following website (German only):

Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
Abteilung Lehrerinnen- und Lehrerbildung Maturitätsschulen
Kantonsschulstrasse 3
8001 Zurich
Phone 044 634 66 79
E-mail

It is no longer possible to register for a MAS SHE ABU program at UZH.

The MAS SHE ABU degree program was discontinued at UZH as of the fall semester 2012. The program is now only offered at the Zurich University of Teacher Education.

Admission Requirements

For UZH students

Online admission is required for UZH students holding a Bachelor’s degree. Once admission is complete, students must then matriculate for specialist study (double matriculation).

For students from other Swiss institutes of higher education

Students from other universities in Switzerland who are interested in the teaching diploma for secondary education must hold a Master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited university in the subject or subjects they will teach:

  • German, French, Italian, Rhaeto-Romanic, Spanish, English, Russian, Latin, Greek, History, Philosophy, Psychology/Pedagogy, Region
  • Economics and Law
  • Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Informatics

For students with a Master’s degree from a foreign university

Students from universities abroad who are interested in the teaching diploma for secondary education must hold a Master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited university in the subject or subjects they will teach:

  • German, French, Italian, Rhaeto-Romanic, Spanish, English, Russian, Latin, Greek, History, Philosophy, Psychology/Pedagogy, Region
  • Economics and Law
  • Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Informatics

Recognizing a foreign degree
The admissions office at the University of Zurich examines whether a foreign diploma meets the general criteria for admission. If so, the application is sent to the faculty or institute in question, where it will be reviewed to see if can be recognized in terms of subject knowledge and academic achievement. Under certain conditions, students may be allowed to fulfill certain requirement in the course of study program. The admissions office sends students the decision on admission to the program with the decision on recognition from the dean’s office or the institute/department concerned.

German test
Non-German-speaking students at the University of Zurich are required by the University’s guidelines for the German test to take a test to assess their German language skills.