Bachelor's Program in Teacher Education: English

Beautiful stuccoed ceilings, dedicated teachers, and a (very) pleasant atmosphere amongst students and professors are what make the Teacher Education program at the University of Mannheim a really great experience. Throughout my bachelor’s degree, I always felt in good hands and well guided even when I wasn’t in Mannheim during my semester abroad. During the three years I spent at the University of Mannheim, I learned a lot, I met wonderful people and got to know the diverse facets of the city. I can recommend studying here to anyone.

Alessa Bürkle, graduate of the program in Teacher Education: English, Spanish / Photo credit: Alessa Bürkle

After graduating from high school, I decided to become a teacher in order to be able to accompany the “heroes of tomorrow” for a while, and my choice quickly fell on the University of Mannheim. In addition to the great opportunity of studying two languages in a palace building, the variety of courses was very appealing to me. Though the campus of the University of Mannheim is moderate in size, it is big enough to allow you to get to know people from all over the world. So I quickly realized: I don't want to leave this place!

Sina Weiller, student in the program in Teacher Education: English, German / Photo credit: Adrian Szafranski

Taking up your studies at the University of Mannheim is a great choice due to the fantastic campus and the familiar atmosphere that exists among students and teachers. The English, History, and Political Science departments offer exciting and highly varied courses each semester. In addition, with more than 450 partner universities around the world, the University of Mannheim offers students the unique opportunity to spend part of their studies abroad.

Nils Roßnagel, student in the program in Teacher Education: English, History, Political Science / Photo credit: Jula Jacob

The University of Mannheim offers a lot of opportunities, especially for language enthusiasts like me. The teachers of foreign language skills courses are all native speakers; thus they are authentic role models from whom you can learn a lot. In addition to that, the global international network of the University of Mannheim offers many options to go a semester abroad. This is something I also benefit from.

Felicia Bischoff, student of the program in Teacher Education: English, French / Photo credit: Farina Stock
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)

    ECTS credits: 180
    (70 in English, 70 in a second subject, 19 in Education Sciences, 15 in Teaching Methodology, 6 in the bachelor's thesis)

    Language of instruction: English and German

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level,
    proficiency in English, Latinum language certificate or another modern foreign language (you can prove your proficiency at a later date, except your proficiency in German, further informations).

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    Students of the bachelor’s program in Teacher Education: English study English, a second equally-weighted subject, Education Sciences and Teaching Methodology.

    Modules in English teach you about British and American literature, culture and linguistics. During modules on Literary Studies, you will look at different genres and theories, and read and analyze the works of English-speaking authors, from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Toni Morrison. Courses on culture focus on regional, cultural, and historical elements of the British and American cultural areas. Linguistics modules teach you about the development and functions of language, and linguistic features and structures. As well as this, you learn about language acquisition and multilingualism. The program also concentrates on improving your level of language proficiency.

    You address the practical, basic principles of foreign language lessons at school in modules on Teaching Methodology: Which methods can I use to teach pupils grammar and vocabulary? Which media can I use? 

    In interdisciplinary classes, you explore the challenges that come with teaching multicultural and multilingual groups.

    Classes on Education Sciences cover the basic scientific principles behind teaching and learning, and are complemented by the practical experiences gained during the first school placement (Orientierungspraktikum).

  • Why study Teacher Education: English at the University of Mannheim?

    The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation in Germany. With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.

    The Bachelor of Education program at the University of Mannheim prepares students for a teaching career right from the start and places a focus on teaching linguistically and culturally diverse groups of pupils.

    Most students on the program want to become teachers after they graduate. But if you decide during your studies that teaching isn’t for you, you have the option of pursuing a master’s program in a different field. There are many career options outside of schools open to you.

    Our students particularly value that the Department of English Studies provides a broad and varied range of modules. Our teachers educate them on relevant basic principles, provide exciting options to extend their knowledge, and address current topics and issues.

    Students at the School of Humanities value the ability to work in small groups. Academic advisors, program managers, and teachers are happy to answer your questions on the program.

  • Career opportunities

    A bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education gives you different career options.

    The traditional option is to work at a school. If you want to become a teacher, you must also complete a Master of Education in Teacher Education to be eligible for the preparatory service. Once completed, you can teach at a Gymnasium secondary school or a vocational school in Germany.

    Alternatively, you can build on the skills learned during your bachelor’s program by studying a master’s program in a literary, cultural or linguistic field. You can then work, for example, in the cultural sector, in human resources departments, or in continued or adult education.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of English should:

    • enjoy scientifically analyzing British and American literature, languages and cultures,
    • ideally, have a very good level of proficiency in English at the start of the program,
    • not be put off by complex texts, theories, and methods,
    • read frequently (usually in English),
    • be capable of critical thinking and like discussing topics,
    • enjoy writing academic texts.

    Students of Teacher Education should

    • like working with young people and understand their problems,
    • enjoy presenting and explaining things,
    • be confident,
    • be enthusiastic about their subjects and the job, and be able to pass this enthusiasm on to others,
    • be able to accept criticism and reflect on themselves,
    • communicate in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog.

    Studying abroad
    The University of Mannheim is well-connected internationally, and is partners with around 450 universities around the world. The International Office can help you to plan a semester of study abroad. The ideal time to study abroad is during the fifth semester of the program. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the School. Credits that you obtain abroad are normally recognized by the University of Mannheim, which means that you do not have to extend the duration of your studies.

    Internships
    All students of bachelor's programs in Teacher Education in Baden-Württemberg complete their first school placement (Orientierungspraktikum) during the program. The placement lasts for three weeks, and gives students the chance to gain initial practical experience during their studies.

    Students at the University of Mannheim attend a block seminar while completing their placement. Both the placement and the seminar usually take place during the semester break before the third semester begins (June/July).

    Students can either do their placement at a Gymnasium secondary school or a vocational school. The Center for Teacher Education and Educational Innovation can answer your questions on the application process and the format of the placement.

    Sample course schedule
    These courses are studied in the first semester.

  • Further study

    The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:

    Master’s program in Teacher Education (M.Ed.)

    Master’s program in Literature, Media and Culture in the Modern Era (M.A.)

    Master’s program in Language and Communication (M.A.)

    Master’s program in Intercultural German Studies (M.A.)

    Master’s program in Culture and Economy: English and American Studies (M.A.) (If you chose English and Economics and Business Administration as your two main subjects for the Bachelor of Education program.)  

  • Application and selection

    Admission to the degree programs at the University of Mannheim is not selective within the meaning of a tradional numerus clausus (NC). Instead, we take the following criteria into account in our selection process:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved in German, English, Mathematics, and a subject relating to Social Science,
    • relevant work experience and extracurricular activities.

    German language proficiency
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.

    Application

    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semester 2022/2023 will start on 1 June and will end on 15 July 2022.

    For more information, please see the website of the Admissions Office.

     

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Contact

Abir Al-Laham & Aline Schmidt

Abir Al-Laham & Aline Schmidt

Program Managers for Teacher Education Programs
(Elternzeitvertretungen für Florian Dorner)
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 286
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Semester break:
Tue 10–12 a.m.
Online consultation hours

Semester:
Tue 10–12 a.m.
Open consultation hours in room EO 286

Wed 10–12 a.m.
Online consultation hours


Please please book an appointment for the online consultation hours via https://www.phil.uni-mannheim.de/en/academics/virtual-office-hours/
Admissions Office

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University of Mannheim
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68161 Mannheim