University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Project intellectual output: O5 – PD centre models: context, mission, structure and activities

German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM)

Initiated in 2011, the German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM) is Germany’s first nationwide centre providing teacher training in mathematics. The centre is funded by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung (

The DZLM focuses on developing long-lasting CPD-programmes for multipliers – research-based and practically relevant. These multipliers are teachers themselves (from pre-, primary and secondary schools) who in turn offer professional development courses, advice and support to other teachers, e.g. by supervising professional learning communities. The DZLM also provides professional development courses and materials that target specific types of teachers and their educators, e.g. educators who teach mathematics out-of-field, i.e. outside their speciality area, as well as pre-school teachers. All courses are continuously improved based on empirical evidence and disseminated at a large scale.

Eight universities are involved in the consortium: Humboldt-University Berlin, Free University Berlin, Ruhr-University Bochum, Technical University Dortmund, University Duisburg-Essen, University of Education Freiburg, Paderborn University and University of Potsdam. In addition, the DZLM cooperates with further partners in the fields of mathematics, mathematics education and educational research as well as the educational institutes of the different federal states.

The DZLM is member of the European Network of STEM Professional Development Centres.

Email: Larissa Zwetzschler
Web: German Center for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM)

Dr. Larissa Zwetzschler
IO leader
University of Education, Freiburg, Germany

Larissa Zwetzschler works as a researcher and lecturer in mathematics Education since 2010. Her research is about learning processes of educators for math teachers and since 2014 she works in the German Center for Mathematics Teacher Education.

Larissa leads the Intellectual Output IO5 “PD center models: A review of models, challenges and success factors to lead improvements in STEM teacher professional development” together with Günter Törner.

Prof. Dr. Günter Törner
Project member
Faculty of Mathematics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Dr. Günter Törner (male) started his career as a mathematician in Gießen. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Gießen and habilitated within mathematics at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Since 1978, he has been working as a full professor for Mathematics at the University Duisburg-Essen.

His research interests are pure mathematics, applied discrete mathematics and cooperation with companies. For seven years he was the chair of the Committee of Education of the European Mathematical Society. He was a founding member of the DZLM.

He is involved in initial teacher training and professional development for in- and pre-service teachers. He has published more than fifty mathematical papers, more than eighty papers within educational journals and international proceedings of conferences. He has supervised more than 23 PhD graduate student’s in the last years.

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