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Bachelor's Program in Teacher Education: Mathematics

Since the University of Mannheim cooperates with several schools, the teacher education program in Mathematics allows me to gain practical experience and apply the theoretical knowledge I have acquired in a real-world setting. For me, this is the most inspiring aspect about the program. It is also extremely easy to get to university due to its central location, which is another clear advantage.

Sophia Bienroth, bachelor’s program in Teacher Education: Mathematics / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)

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

    Language of instruction: German

    Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
    Proficiency in English is recommended

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

    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: Mathematics study Mathematics, a second equally-weighted subject, Education Sciences and Teaching Methodology.

    Modules in Mathematics give you an insight into the subject and the fields in which it is used: Where is math used in our daily lives? Which jobs need math skills? In the first semester, you attend modules on basic mathematical principles, such as analysis and linear algebra. You then develop this knowledge later in the program.

    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: Mathematics 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.

    Graduates can also find work outside of the school sector. Mathematicians are needed, for example, at insurance companies, banks, and in the IT and logistics sectors.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Mathematics should:

    • be interested in mathematical problems, we don’t expect you to know everything about math already – the math skills you learned at school are all you need,
    • have the stamina and discipline to do homework and self-study (each week, there are exercise worksheets that you need to complete to be permitted to take the module examination).

    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 program is partly or fully available in English:

    Mannheim Master in Data Science (M.Sc.)  

     

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

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

    Master’s program in Mathematics in Business and Economics (M.Sc.) (If you chose Mathematics and Economics or Business Administration as your two main subjects for the Bachelor of Education program.)

  • Application and selection

    Selection process

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

    This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Application
    You can apply between June 1 and 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.

Studiengangsmanagement Lehramt Informatik und Mathematik, B.Sc. und M.Sc. Wirtschafsmathematik
University of Mannheim
Fakultät für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsmathematik
B 6, 26
Gebäudeteil B – Room B 1.04
68159 Mannheim
Phone: + 49 621 181-2640
Fax: + 49 621 181-2423
E-mail: boldin(at)wim.uni-mannheim.de
Consultation hour(s):
Wed 10–11:30 a.m., Anwesenheit von Mon–Thu 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
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