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Master programme

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
4 semester
Academic degree
Master of Education (MEd BS)
full time and part time
Erfurt School of Education
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Teaching language
Teacher relevance
Vocational schools

Course Details

The Master of Education Vocational Schools program at the University of Erfurt deepens a successfully completed course of study in one of the professional fields of civil engineering, electrical engineering, metal technology, health, care, personal hygiene or social pedagogy and in one of the general education subjects German, English, ethics, Protestant religious doctrine, French, Catholic religious doctrine, mathematics, social studies or sport.

The teacher training program at the vocational school is divided into three areas:

Educational science area

  • In the field of educational science, students acquire knowledge about the social prerequisites of vocational schools, teaching and professional teacher training, about the design of vocational teaching and learning processes as well as the development and promotion of individual educational processes, and are given an introduction to vocational science.

Special didactic area

  • In the subject didactic area, you will acquire subject and school type related knowledge and skills on processes of teaching and learning and on the theory-based planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching in the chosen professional field as well as in a teaching subject. In doing so, you will develop both the practical field of teaching at vocational schools and areas of extra-curricular educational practice.

Special scientific area

  • They supplement and deepen subject-specific content in a general subject (German, English, French, ethics, Protestant or Catholic religious education, social studies, sport, mathematics).

Career Opportunities

Our alumni work primarily as teachers at state and private vocational schools (e.g. vocational school teachers). The degree qualifies for the second phase of teacher training, the so-called "Vorbereitungsdienst" (internship).


Education for Vocational schools in Detail

Structure of study program

The Master of Education Vocational Schools is designed for a study period of four semesters and can only be taken up in the winter semester. It is divided into three areas and an application-oriented Master's thesis.

Modules from the field of educational science:

  • Introduction to vocational pedagogy
  • Didactics and professional teaching processes
  • Theories, institutions and legal bases of vocational education
  • Research methods
  • Heterogeneity and inclusion
  • Psychological principles and methods of analysis and control of teaching and learning processes
  • Interdisciplinary educational science basics

Modules from the specialist scientific area:

  • subject-specific modules of the general education subject (German, English, French, ethics, Protestant or Catholic religious education, social studies, sport, mathematics)

Modules from the subject didactic area:

  • didactic-practical modules of the general education subject
  • didactic-practical modules of the vocational field

Master's thesis:

  • application-oriented Master thesis


Didactic internships

  • a didactic internship in the selected basic subject
  • two didactic internships in the chosen major subject

more Information about didactic internships

Internships in educational science

  • Internship in the field of: Diagnosis, Assessment and Counselling
  • Internship in the field of: education, classroom management, conflict resolution

more Information about internships in educational science

Admissions qualification

1. a university degree qualifying for admission to a profession

a) with specialist scientific study components for one of the following professional specialisations totalling at least 102 credit points/ECTS

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Metal Technology
  • Health
  • Care
  • Body care
  • Social Pedagogy

b) with specialised scientific study components for one of the following general subjects of at least 60 credit points/ECTS:

  • German
  • English
  • Ethics
  • Protestant religious doctrine
  • French
  • Catholic religious doctrine
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Sport

If you only provide evidence of admission requirements according to a), you can be admitted on condition that you complete the Master's programme in six part-time semesters so that you can simultaneously acquire the necessary subject-specific fundamentals for a general education subject in the scope of 60 credit points/ECTS in a certificate programme in accordance with a Bachelor's secondary course of study at the University of Erfurt ("side entrants").

2. a phoniatric report or a teaching unit in the scope of 3 LP on "Speech Training"

Whether the content of your studies (university or university of applied sciences) can be regarded as equivalent to one of the professional fields and, if applicable, to a general education field, will be checked within the scope of your application.


Language requirements

Till BA Degree:

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.
  • If the general education subject is a foreign language, knowledge of level C1 must be demonstrated in this language.

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

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