Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  • Program facts and information

    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); in case there are any remaining spots, you can also start your program in the spring semester (February).
    Academic calendar

    School: depending on the subjects chosen (School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, School of Business Informatics and Mathematics)

    Semester fee: €190,30 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    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/Ethics ♦ Political Science ♦ Spanish ♦ Economics and Business Administration

    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/or psychological knowledge and competences for their later profession as teachers. Within the framework of the courses, topics such as diagnostics, heterogeneity and inclusion are dealt with in depth and applied to practical problems at school. Service-learning seminars in cooperation with Mannheim secondary schools and vocational schools ensure a that theory and practice are combined in a way as to promote learning.

    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.

  • Why study Teacher Education at the University of Mannheim?

    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 cooperateswith 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.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of the M.Ed. Teacher Education program should:

    • be enthusiastic about the two subjects,
    • have fun imparting specialist content,
    • show interest in scientific studies on teaching and learning,
    • be sensitive to the challenges of multilingualism and heterogeneity in the classroom,
    • enjoy the challenges of studying different disciplines and combining them independently,
    • be able to reflect,
    • have the ability and motivation to transfer and apply the scientific content of a university program of study to the practice.
  • Program structure

    Studying abroad
    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. 

  • Doctorates

    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.

  • Admission requirements and selection

    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:

    • The bachelor's program must comprise two subjects as well as Teaching Methodology and Education Science and practical studies at school. 
    • As part of their studies, applicants must have successfully completed a first school placement with an accompanying seminar.
    • a total of 180 ECTS credits or a standard period of study of six semesters/three years,

    If necessary, you may take examinations to acquire the required qualifications even after enrollment:

    • 20 ECTS credits per subject,
    • 5 ECTS credits in Education Sciences,
    • 5 ECTS credits in Teaching Methodology.

    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/Ethics, B.Ed. Political ScienceB.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 M.Ed. Mathematics program).
    This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.

    Conditional admission
    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).

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

  • Application

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


Sarah Kern

Sarah Kern

Program Manager for Teacher Education Programs
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 286
68131 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.