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
Language requirements: German (click here for further information) and other languages, 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: € 204,30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
The master's program in Teacher Education (M.Ed.) at the University of Mannheim 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 bachelor's program in Teacher Education (B.Ed.) 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/
*Please note that if you chose the subject Economics and Business Administration or the subject combination History and Political Science, you are only eligible to teach at higher academic secondary schools (Allgemeinbildende Gymnasien) in Baden-Württemberg.
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 competencies 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 master's program in Teacher Education 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 master's program in Teacher Education 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 master's program in Teacher Education ensures that graduates are perfectly prepared for a profession as teachers at secondary schools or vocational schools. Graduates of the master's program in Teacher Education 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.
In the teacher education programs, there are diverse and exciting opportunities for studying abroad. The University of Mannheim is partners with 450 universities around the world. In the master's program in Teacher Education, 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 master's program in Teacher Education 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.
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 master's program in Teacher Education is based on the bachelor's program in Teacher Education. 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 bachelor's degree in Teacher Education (B.Ed.). The following requirements must be met:
If necessary, you may take examinations to acquire the required qualifications even after enrollment:
Language requirements: The required 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/Ethics, B.Ed. Political Science, B.Ed. Spanish, B.Ed. Economics and Business Administration (students do not have to provide any proof of language proficiency in order to be admitted to the master's program in Mathematics (M.Ed.)).
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).
Under “Admission requirements 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.
The application deadline for fall semesters starts on 01 April and ends on 31 May.
For the spring semesters the application is possible from 16 October until 15 November.