The University of Mannheim offers excellent Teacher Education programs. As students, we receive an exceptional academic training in subject-specific topics complemented by courses in Teaching Methodology and Education Science that have a strong practical orientation, thus preparing us very well for our future daily routine as teachers. Furthermore, we have the opportunity to choose a third subject, the so-called Master of Education Extension Subject, while still in the bachelor’s program. This way, it is possible to pursue one’s own interests and even improve one’s career prospects without having to extend the duration of the program. This is the reason why the University of Mannheim is an outstanding university to study Teacher Education.
I decided to study at the University of Mannheim because of its beautiful campus and the choice of subjects The seminars and courses in German and Philosophy/
In view of its modest and easily manageable size, the Department of Romance Studies at the University of Mannheim offers excellent study conditions and a wide and most diverse range of courses. Teachers know their students very well and there is an almost family-like atmosphere. My personal highlight during my studies were the excursions we made as they created strong bonds between us students. The research areas of Romance Languages and Linguistics such as multilingualism or Romance minority languages, have encouraged me to broaden my own cultural and linguistic horizon as well as to learn even more Romance languages. In addition to that, the foreign language skills and teaching methodology courses offered as part of the Mannheim Teacher Education program were small and familiar and thus prepared me very well for working as a teacher.
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!
Degree: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)
ECTS credits: 120
(two subjects with 24 ECTS credits respectively, 26 ECTS in Education Sciences, 15 ECTS in Teaching Methodology, 16 ECTS credits for the placement semester, 15 ECTS credits for the master's thesis)
Language of instruction: German and, depending on the subjects chosen, English, French, Italian, or Spanish, if appropriate
Language requirements: German (click here for further information)
depending on the subjects chosen. For further information see Admission requirements and selection
Program start: Fall semester (September) and spring semester (February).
School: depending on the subjects chosen (School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, School of Business Informatics and Mathematics)
Semester fee: €194,30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
The Mannheim M.Ed. Teacher Education program is the right choice for all those who want to work as a teacher either at secondary schools (Gymnasium) or vocational schools.
The program is based on the B.Ed. Teacher Education program and provides in-depth knowledge in the subject-specific courses of the two chosen subjects as well as in Education Sciences and teaching methodology. The two subjects are each studied to the same extent. Students thus acquire the professional competence that will be necessary for teaching the respective subject in school.
Among others, you can choose from the following subjects:
German ♦ English ♦ French ♦ History ♦ Informatics ♦ Italian ♦ Mathematics ♦ Philosophy/
One of the program’s focuses is on Education Sciences. Students deal with teaching and learning from a scientific perspective and acquire important pedagogical and/
Teaching Methodology seeks to improve the students’ skills in the effective teaching of subject content in class. In addition, special attention will be paid to the subject of multilingualism and education from a didactic perspective.
The scientific contents and competences taught at the university are applied in practice during a placement semester that can be completed either at a secondary school or a vocational school. The placement semester enables students to get to know the school sector in a well-founded practical way.
The Mannheim M.Ed. Teacher Education program is focused on the challenges that schools are facing today. The program has an interdisciplinary approach (combining subjects, Teaching Methodology, and Education Sciences) and provides teaching and research on currently relevant, school-related topics such as multilingualism and heterogeneity. In this program, students will acquire the skills they will later need as teachers at school.
Teacher training in Mannheim focuses on the issues of multilingualism and heterogeneity. The opportunities to participate in current, school-related research between the poles of theory and practice are particularly good. For example, a Chair of Didactics on the subject of Multilingualism will be established. Here, students can learn about the impact of multilingualism in class and how multilingualism can be used positively.
As part of an education partnership, the University of Mannheim closely cooperates with various Mannheim schools in the field of teacher training. Courses combine theory and practice, and students can broaden their knowledge and acquire skills through real-world problems in real-world environments.
This way, the program ensures that students are ideally prepared for their future careers and qualify for the preparatory service (Referendariat) – the next step on the way to becoming a teacher.
Students enrolled in the Mannheim M. Ed. Teacher Education program are appreciative of the great support and advice they receive throughout their studies, The program managers, the Student Services team, the subject-specific academic advisors, and the teachers are happy to answer your questions on the program.
The M.Ed.Teacher Education program ensures that graduates are perfectly prepared for a profession as teachers at secondary schools or vocational schools. Graduates of the M.Ed. Teacher Education program meet the corresponding admission requirements to be admitted to the preparatory service for a career as secondary school teachers at secondary schools and vocational schools (Referendariat).
In addition to a classic career in teaching, the acquired competences also qualify for other activities, for example in adult education. It is also possible to start an academic career.
The University of Mannheim is partners with 450 universities around the world. In the M.Ed. Teacher Education program, studying abroad is optional. However, students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad. The best time to spend a semester abroad is the fourth semester. Students who plan on spending a semester abroad during their master’s program, usually write their master's thesis in the semester following their stay abroad. Another option is to do the placement semester abroad. In collaboration with the International Office, your respective school can help you plan a period of study abroad.
The M.Ed. Teacher Education program has an integrated placement semester. During this placement semester, students are provided with the opportunity to get to know the school sector in a well-founded way and with professional guidance and supervision. The placement semester takes place during the third subject-specific semester. Students can complete the placement semester at secondary schools or vocational schools in Baden-Württemberg and, under certain circumstances, also abroad. As a rule, the placement semester comprises twelve weeks of instruction and accompanying events at the Institute for Didactics and Teacher Training. If you have any questions regarding the placement semester, please contact the Center for Teacher Education and Educational Innovation at the University of Mannheim.
Successful graduates of the master’s program can earn a doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim. The offer varies according to school and subject.
The M.Ed. Teacher Education program is based on the B.Ed. Teacher Education program. Another teaching-related bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s degree including teaching-related elements is sufficient if the subject-related competencies acquired in the program of study are equivalent to a B.Ed. Teacher Education degree. The following requirements must be met:
If necessary, you may take examinations to acquire the required qualifications even after enrollment:
Language requirements: The required foreign language skills depend on the respective subjects chosen. For more information about the requirements to be met, please refer to the descriptions of the respective bachelor's programs: B.Ed. German, B.Ed. English, B.Ed French, B.Ed. History, B.Ed. Informatics, B.Ed. Italian, B.Ed. Philosophy/
This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 140 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your bachelor’s degree by the exam registration period in the first semester (refer to selection statutes).
Please note: Due to the current situation in light of coronavirus pandemic, we have modified our application deadlines. The application deadline for the fall semester 2021/2022 is expected to be begin on 20 April and end on 31 May 2021.
The application deadline for the spring semester 2022 will be anounced soon.
Admission to an advanced semester
If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.