Ludwigsburg University of Education is the largest of the six Universities of Education in Baden-Württemberg, with more than 5,000 students and over 430 members of staff. It moved to its current campus in 1966. The Universities of Education are independent institutions of higher education and concentrate on educational science in research and teaching. The state of Baden-Württemberg recognised the advantage of such institutions and has expanded their development, while the other federal states in Germany have integrated their teacher training into mainstream universities.
The Ludwigsburg University of Education (LUE) is a modern centre of excellence for educational sciences in four closely-related areas: school and pre-school education, extra-curricular education for children and teenagers, adult/further education as well as education in cultural and social areas.
The courses of study mainly cover Primary School Teacher Education (Sekundarstufe I for German secondary school types Werkreal-/Haupt-/Realschule), Special Education Teaching and Professional Pedagogy (M.Sc.). LUE is also increasing its participation, in co-operation with the University of Stuttgart, in Teacher Education for Gymnasium (German grammar school).
Students are offered scientifically-based, yet practical teacher training programmes substantiated by specific research activities.In addition to these, the LUE also offers Bachelor and Master courses of study.
The special feature of the Bachelor courses is the combination of pedagogical approaches and educational sciences to extra-curricular fields of education. In a wide range of Master courses, students can specialise in specific professional or research areas. The Further Education Master courses are specially organised to enable participation outside of working hours and lead to a qualification for management positions in the field of education.