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Four Teacher Training Tracks


Primary School


Secondary and Vocational Schools


Grammar and Comprehensive Schools


English Language Training Track

the project


The Jean Monnet Project ‘Fit4EU – Teacher Trainings for a Target Group-Specific Civic Education on the European Union’ offers teachers multi-module trainings on how to teach civic education on the European Union. Participants learn approaches that are methodologically diverse, practical, academically grounded, and cognitively activating.

During the training, teachers deepen their understanding about the EU, acquire skills to successfully convey that knowledge in the classroom and are introduced to innovative teaching approaches. The training offers lectures given by experts, as well as the opportunity to converse with members of the European Parliament. In addition to engaging with the trainings’ learning materials, participants will also have the option to network with other teachers.

Accompanying systematic research provides new insights concerning the needs, success factors and impact of teacher trainings on (EU) civic education.

Thank you for your interest!

The project

Project Goals

  • Provide teachers with professional training in giving students at various types of schools a civic education on the EU
  • Inform and prepare students to participate in EU political processes
  • Foster networking among German and international civics teachers
  • Strengthen educators‘ skills in teaching civic education on the EU in a sustainable manner
  • Provide evidence to guide further refinement of current teacher trainings
  • Complete two cycles of multi-module, target group-specific teacher trainings tracks
  • Organize a summer school for students and practicing teachers
  • Provide teaching materials for trainings and classroom
  • End with a public conference for anyone interested in the subject matter
  • Systematically conduct guided research
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Training Concept

The project ‘Fit4EU – Teacher Trainings for a Target Group-Specific Civic Education on the European Union’ is for civics teachers working at various types of schools. The trainings’ aim is to equip teachers with the tools to structure their civics classes on the EU in an academic, student-oriented, and methodologically diverse manner.

Our teacher trainings are developed based on current research findings on European integration, civic education on the EU, and factors shown to make teacher trainings successful. When conveying the learning materials, the training deliberately combines subject-specific and pedagogical elements in a practical manner that allows them to be applied in the classroom. The aim is to empower and motivate teachers to take what they learn and apply it in their civics lessons on the EU.

The trainings are tailored to specific student target groups with the aim to enable teachers to apply the content, methods, and materials taught in their respective teaching environments. The training integrates interactive lessons and practical learning. During the practical phase, teachers are given space to apply, practice and reflect on the teaching methods. In this way, new competency skills are ingrained in their practice.


  • Gain a deeper and up-to-date understanding of the EU
  • Expand pedagogical knowledge for practical use
  • Learn various approaches of a methodologically diverse, target group-specific civic education on Europe
  • Discuss experiences with other civics teachers
  • Obtain an official certificate of completion
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Training Series - Structure

Module One

The European Union – How does is work again?

Practical approaches to teaching about a complex political system

  • The EU as a sui generis system of governance – Refreshing and updating your knowledge
  • Interactive approaches to understanding European integration
  • Guest lectures by EU experts and follow-up discussions
  • Behind the scenes: An open exchange with a member of the European Parliament
Online or on site
(see time schedule)
Module Two

Teaching on the EU in class – Adequately addressing ‘European complexities’

  • Goals and approaches to teaching civic education on Europe
  • Dealing with controversial issues when teaching civic education on the EU
  • Applying innovative and action-oriented teaching methods, e.g. target-group-specific simulation games
  • Presenting teaching and learning materials
  • Workshop: 2024 European Parliament election
Applying theory to practice with the option to network
  • Testing out innovative approaches and methods in the classroom
  • Digital networking event (optional)
Module Three

Internalize and Transfer

  • Reflection on the implementation of methods in the classroom
  • Discussing challenges and exchanging best practices
  • European Futures? Scenarios about the future of the EU

Primary Level

Political views, knowledge, and skills develop from a young age and build the foundation for future learning and development.

Secondary and Vocational Schools

Students in secondary and vocational schools often perceive themselves as “apolitical” and assume politics have little relevance in their personal lives.

Grammar and Comprehensive Schools

Given the complexity and dynamics of European integration, widespread prejudices towards the European Union, and a perceived detachment of the EU from everyday life, civics teachers face numerous challenges when teaching civic education on Europe.

English Language Training Track

Civic education is increasingly being taught in English, and the European Union is a particularly suitable subject for this.

Choosing the “right” training track for you

The titles of the training tracks according to school types are only intended to give you a starting point. Consideration of the needs of your respective learning groups should guide your choice of training track. The training track 2a/b (Secondary and Vocational Schools) is designed to be particularly low-threshold, e.g. even less text-heavy and somewhat more reduced in complexity. At the same time, track 3a/b (Grammar and Comprehensive Schools) also focuses on relevance to the real world and an action-oriented approach to civics lessons.

current dates

Dates and Registration

EU-Gebaeude Strasburg

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Teaching materials

Teaching Materials

Here you will soon find selected learning materials for the training and for your teaching, as well as additional internet links.

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