Bachelor's Program in Teacher Education: Informatics

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  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)

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

    Language of instruction: German and English

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level
    and proficiency in English. (You can prove your proficiency at a later date, except your proficiency in German).

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

    Semester fee: €190,30 (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: Informatics study Informatics, a second equally-weighted subject, Education Sciences and Teaching Methodology.

    Through modules in Informatics, you learn about the basic methodical and technical principles of the field, including algorithms and programming as well as computer systems and databases.

    You address the following questions in modules on Teaching Methodology: Which methods can I use to teach pupils about a subject and to develop their skills? Which challenges 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: Informatics at the University of Mannheim?

    The compact size of the program means that students are guaranteed personal support. The professors at the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics are the best in their fields both in Germany and abroad.

    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.

  • 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.

    But IT experts have also enjoyed good job prospects outside of the school sector for years. You can become, for example, a software developer, web developer, IT consultant or IT project manager.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Informatics should:

    • like IT (but you don’t need to have any prior knowledge in this area),
    • find logical and abstract thinking fun,
    • be interested in programming,
    • be capable of working in a team,
    • have a good level of English proficiency.

    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

    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

    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 program is partly or fully available in English:

    Mannheim Master in Data Science (M.Sc.) 

     

    The following degree program is (mainly) taught in German:

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

  • Application and selection

    The degree program is not selective, but application is required.

    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.

    Application
    Please note:

    Due to the current coronavirus crisis, the application deadline has been changed. The application deadlines for the fall semester 2021/2022 will be announced soon. Read more: Pages of the Admissions Office

    Normally, the following deadlines apply:
    You can apply from May 15 to July 15.

    Apply

    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.

Elena Boldin, Dipl.-Soz.Wiss.

Elena Boldin, Dipl.-Soz.Wiss.

Program Manager Teacher Education Informatics and Mathematics, B.Sc. and M.Sc. Business Informatics
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