Successful Teacher Education

A large group of project participants looking into the camera Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter

The “Teacher Education at RWTH Aachen University” project has now been officially concluded.


The project “Teacher Education at RWTH Aachen University” (LeBiAC) has driven teacher education at RWTH since 2015. It was supported with more than six million euros in funding from the Teacher Education Quality Initiative (QLB) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With LeBiAC, RWTH sought to master the challenges facing contemporary teacher education today. The project focused on enhancing online teaching and learning, improving the practical relevance of teacher training, and expanding support structures. As the funding period expires at the end of the year, the LeBiAC project was now honored with a special closing event.

Professor Aloys Krieg, RWTH’s Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning and head of LeBiAC, thanked all those involved in the project for their dedication and commitment: “The Federal Quality Initiative gave us a great opportunity to enhance teacher education. With LeBiAC, we have used this opportunity in the best possible way.” Professor Heidrun Heinke, the rector’s delegate for the student labs and member of the project steering group, also drew a positive conclusion: “LeBiAC will leave its mark – the past eight years have been good for teacher education in Aachen.”

Now that the LeBiAC project comes to an end, new projects are on the horizon for RWTH: the University succeeded in gaining funding for the Competence Center for Digital and Digitally Supported Teaching in Schools and Continuing Education in STEM, or D4MINT for short. In the project, the universities of Aachen, Giessen, Oldenburg, and Potsdam will work together to develop modules and training formats for advanced teacher training in the area of digitalization in STEM education.

Over the past few years, QLB also provided 472,000 euros in funding for the ComeIn project, which is also drawing to a close. In the ComeIn project, all twelve teacher-training universities in North Rhine-Westphalia cooperate with representatives of teacher training and continuing education with a focus on digitalization. Various components of this project can be continued as part of the newly approved ComeMINT competence center.