Bachelor's Program in Teacher Education: French

I decided to study in Mannheim because the city is close to my hometown, and because the university has an excellent reputation, especially in Romance Studies. The thing I like most about my program is the combination of language instruction and seminars on literary studies and linguistics. My language skills and my knowledge of the subject have significantly improved after just four semesters. I really recommend the University of Mannheim!

Adrian Kalinowiez, student of B.Ed. French and Spanish / Private photo
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)

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

    Language of instruction: German and French

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level,
    proficiency in French, basic knowledge of a second Romance language and Latin (you can prove your proficiency at a later date, except your proficiency in German).

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: €174.90 (more)
    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: French study French, a second equally-weighted subject, Education Sciences and Teaching Methodology.

    Modules in French teach you about French literature, culture and linguistics.

    During modules on Literary Studies, you will use literary theories to analyze French literature and media, focusing on the topics, language, author, period, and genre. The reading ranges from Honoré de Balzac and Albert Camus to post-colonial literature.

    Courses on culture focus on regional, cultural, and historical characteristics of France and French-speaking countries. Linguistics modules teach you about the development and functions of language, and linguistic features and structures. 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: French at the University of Mannheim?

    The University of Mannheim’s degree programs in Romance Studies (French, Spanish, and Italian) were among the top programs in the CHE university ranking. 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 Romance Languages teaches them important modern literary and linguistic principles. Students are taught 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 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 French should:

    • enjoy scientifically analyzing French literature, language and culture,
    • ideally, have a good level of proficiency in French at the start of the program,
    • not be put off by complex texts, theories, and methods,
    • read frequently (in French, German, and 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 Language and Communication (M.A.)  

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

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

  • Application and selection

    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 foreign language,
    • relevant work experience and extracurricular activities,
    • very good level of proficiency in German (C1 or better).

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

    Application
    You can apply between June 1 and July 15.

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    Career Counselling for Teachers
    Applicants are required to complete the online Career Counselling for Teachers, which is only available in German. They must then submit proof that they have completed this test with their application.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.

Contact

Sarah Kern

Sarah Kern

Program Manager for Teacher Education Programs
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14–16 – Room 612 (6th floor)
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue and Wed 10 a.m.–noon (drop–in office hours; lecture period)
Admissions Office

Admissions Office

University of Mannheim
L 1, 1 – Room 157, 158
68161 Mannheim