International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

Information for Students

 

What is the aim of the EPG?

The Ethical-Philosophical Basic Studies (EPG) are intended to provide an ethical basic education that will enable you, as future teachers, to recognise, reflect on and deal with ethical problems and questions in the sciences. This is based on the conviction that the promotion of ethical judgement is one of the general educational tasks of the school and should therefore also be seen as an interdisciplinary task that is anchored in all subjects.


Who must take the EPG?

All students who study to become teachers must take the EPG. This also applies to students of Philosophy/Ethics and Theologies, since ethical topics will play an important role in everyday school life and should therefore be dealt with in depth during their studies. If you are studying Philosophy/Ethics or Theology, you should therefore select EPG courses that complement your specialist courses thematically.


Which courses are to be attended?

The EPG comprises a total of two compulsory modules:

    a module with a course of 6 ECTS each on basic ethical-philosophical questions (EPG 1), and
    a module with a course of 6 ECTS each or on questions of subject or professional ethics (EPG 2).


The EPG 1 module offers an introduction to ethics, while the EPG 2 module subsequently deals with the subject and professional ethical dimensions of certain subjects or subject groups.


When and in which subject do the courses have to be attended?

You are free to choose the subject area in which you attend the EPG courses; you can also select modules outside the studied subject combination. To participate in an EPG 2 module, an EPG 1 certificate or proof of basic knowledge of ethics is required. Although you are basically free to choose when to take the EPG, it is strongly recommended that you first attend the EPG 1 module and then the EPG 2 module, so that you first acquire basic knowledge of both the subject and ethics before working on ethics issues. It is also important that you do not postpone the acquisition of the EPG certificates, but integrate them sensibly into the course of study. It is therefore recommended that you take the EPG 1 module, for example, in the first four semesters before the practical semester and the EPG 2 module after the practical semester.

 

How can I find out which EPG events are offered?

The EPG events are announced by the EPG Coordination Office on the EPG page on Campus ("Extended Offers for Teacher Training Students") and on the EPG homepage (Teaching Offer).

 

Do I have to register for EPG courses and exams?

The registration / occupancy of the seminars is regulated differently, information can be found in the comments on the EPG courses on campus. The same applies to the registration for the exam. Registration for the EPG1 Philosophy Seminars takes place exclusively online via Campus. Information can be found here.

 

Can I take the EPG as a block seminar?

Although it is not forbidden, it makes little sense to attend both EPG courses as block courses. Which courses are offered as compact courses can be found on Campus ("Extended Courses for Teacher Training Students") or on the EPG homepage (courses offered).

 

Is the EPG graded?

Successful completion of the EPG is a prerequisite for admission to the Staatsexamensprüfung. You need a graded certificate for an EPG 1 module and a graded certificate for an EPG 2 module. The grades of both certificates are combined in a ratio of 1:1 to the EPG final grade and are included in the overall grade for the scientific examination for the teaching profession in grammar schools (cf. GymPo I § 21, Para. 9 and WPO § 16, Para. 9).

For successful participation, the certificate must be graded at least with 'sufficient'. The grades for the individual modules and the other examination modalities are based on the examination regulations according to which you study:

 

Gymnasial Teachers' Examination Regulations I (GymPO I)

For students according to the Gymnasiallehrerprüfungsordnung I (GymPO I) of 31.7.2009, i.e. if you have commenced your studies or changed to GymPO I since winter semester 2010/11:

You receive marks in one-third steps: very good (1.0), very good minus (1.3), good plus (1.7), good (2.0), etc. (cf. Studien- und Prüfungsordnung der Eberhard Karls Universität für den Studiengang Lehramt an Gymnasien (here: § 18).
You cannot repeat an examination you have passed.
If you do not pass the examination, you can repeat it twice (or attend a new seminar).
You can only acquire one certificate - EPG certificate or Fachschein - in one seminar; a so-called double exploitation is not possible.
They will be recorded electronically with their performance records for a longer period of time, so that there will no longer be any paper certificates for a longer period of time. At present, the newly established Examination Office for Teachers is electronically registering the grades on the basis of the lists of grades submitted by the lecturers. Until the mandatory introduction of electronic grade recording, you will still receive paper slips on which it should be noted whether you are studying according to the WPO or the GymPO.

 

Scientific Examination Regulations (WPO)

For students according to the "old" scientific examination regulations (WPO) of 30.3.2001, i.e. if you started your studies between summer semester 2001 and 2010, this applies:

You will receive marks in half steps: very good (1.0), very good to good (1.5), good (2), etc.
You will receive your EPG certificates personally in paper form and carry them yourself to the State Teacher Examination Office when you register for the
Staatsexamenprüfung.
You can also repeat a passed examination by attending another EPG seminar (e.g. if you want to improve your grade).


Attention: Even students after the "old" WPO can only acquire one certificate - EPG Schein or Fachschein - in a seminar; the so-called double exploitation is no longer possible. (The subjects decide on individual exceptions.)

 

I would like to spend a semester abroad: Do I get credits from abroad for the EPG?

No, as a rule not. Certificates of achievement from foreign universities are only recognised for the EPG in rare exceptional cases. For students according to GymPO I, the examination office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences must first clarify whether the formal requirements for an exception have been met. For students according to WPO, the examination office of the Regional Teachers' Examination Office (Landeslehrerprüfungsamt - Außenstelle) at the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen must clarify whether the formal requirements for an exception have been met. Only then can the EPG Coordination Office carry out a content check and possibly issue a certificate of equivalence. Therefore, you should always contact the Examination Office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (GymPO I) or the Regional Teachers' Examination Office (Landeslehrerprüfungsamt - Außenstelle beim Regierungspräsidium Tübingen (WPO)).

 

I have moved from another federal state to Baden-Württemberg: Can I have my "ethics certificates" recognised for the EPG?

No, as a rule not. Evidence of achievement from universities in other federal states will only be recognised for the EPG in exceptional cases. For students according to the GymPO I, the Examinations Office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences must first clarify whether the formal requirements for an exception are met; for students according to the WPO, the State Teachers' Examination Office - Branch Office at the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen must clarify. Only then can the EPG Coordination Office carry out a content check and possibly issue a certificate of equivalence. Therefore, you should always contact the Examination Office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (GymPO I) or the Regional Teachers' Examination Office (Landeslehrerprüfungsamt - Außenstelle beim Regierungspräsidium Tübingen (WPO)).

 

I came to Tübingen from another university in Baden-Württemberg: Will my EPG certificates be recognised here?

The recognition of EPG credits from universities in Baden-Württemberg is not a problem. Please contact the Examination Office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences if you are studying after the GymPO I and the Regional Teachers' Examination Office at the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen if you are studying after the WPO.

 

I changed from another course of study to teaching: Can I have my "ethics certificates" from my studies recognised for the EPG?

Whether this is possible is first checked for students according to the GymPO I by the examination office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and for students according to the WPO by the Landeslehrerprüfungsamt - Außenstelle at the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen. Only then can the EPG Coordination Office carry out a content examination and possibly issue a certificate of equivalence. Therefore, you should always contact the Examination Office of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (GymPO I) or the Regional Teacher Examination Office (Landeslehrerprüfungsamt - Außenstelle beim Regierungspräsidium Tübingen (WPO)).

 

Where can I find the legal basis for the EPG?

The Gymnasiallehrerprüfungsordnung of 31.7.2009 (GymPO I) applies to students who have commenced their studies since winter semester 2010/11 or who have changed to the new examination regulations.

The university implementation of the GymPO I can be found in the study and examination regulations of the Eberhard Karls University for the course of studies "teacher training at grammar schools".

For students who began their studies between summer semester 2001 and 2010, the Scientific Examination Regulations of 30.3.2001 (WPO) apply.

 

Where can I get more information?

If you have specific questions about the EPG and the EPG homepage could not help you, please feel free to contact the EPG Coordination Office.


You can find information about the courses on offer on Campus.

Further information on teacher training at the University of Tübingen can be found on the page for student teachers at the University of Tübingen. The Academic Advisory Centre (ABZ) can also answer general questions about your teacher training studies. In addition, the Centre for Teacher Education (ZfL) of the University of Tübingen is at your disposal. General information on teacher training in Baden-Württemberg is available from the Ministry for Culture, Youth and Sport Baden-Württemberg on its own Information page.

If you have any questions regarding the Staatsexamen (registration for the examination, recognition of credits), please contact the Landeslehrerprüfungsamt - Außenstelle beim Regierungspräsidium Tübingen.

Information on the accompanying studies in educational science (GymPo) here. Information on the Accompanying Studies in Education (WPO) can be found here.

Information on the Personal Competence Module can be found at the Centre for Teacher Education (ZfL).

If you are studying after the GymPO I (i.e. have started your studies since winter semester 2010/11 or have changed to the new examination regulations), please contact the Examination Office for Teaching ("Third Subject" incl. EPG) at the Examination Office of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences if you have any questions regarding examination law at the University of Tübingen regarding the EPG.