Computer Science – Master of Education (Secondary education)

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The Master of Education (MEd) in Computer Science follows the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and complements your teacher education Lehramt Gymnasium. After earning your MEd, you can be admitted to the teacher traineeship (“Referendariat”).

How should traffic lights be programmed to regulate traffic flows? How do you design a secure system for online banking? How can we depict trees as realistically as possible in a computer game? In the broadest sense, these and other questions are concerned with how data are stored, bundled, exchanged and depicted. Computer science is a discipline that extends into most areas of our everyday lives. You will see, computer science is an exciting subject which is gaining more and more importance in schools, society and in the labour market. Computer science is based on mathematics and engineering. During the first semesters you will become acquainted with various programming languages and tackle a broad spectrum of mathematics ranging from algebra to analysis and logic.

Overview

DegreeMaster of Education (Secondary education)
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.7.. | 1.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno

Why study Computer Science at Konstanz?

  • Excellent supervision and very good technical equipment 
  • Many tutorials, a friendly atmosphere and small groups 
  • Expert knowledge and practical training is closely linked, e.g. in the Computer Science Summer Camp 

  • Broad range of courses based on the research of our professors 
  • Opportunities to actively participate in research projects

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Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Once you have earned the degree Master of Education you can apply for the Referendariat (18 months of teacher traineeship) in Baden-Württemberg (and under certain conditions in other federal states, too). At the end of the Referendariat you will take the Staatsexamen (state examination). Having passed this state examination, you may apply to work at a public school in Baden-Württemberg (and, in certain circumstances, in other federal states).

You will find further career perspectives in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Here, alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

The master’s programme usually takes four semesters to complete. Graduates are awarded the academic degree of “Master of Education”. You will be taking two major subjects as well as classes in educational science including a practical teaching semester. A total of 120 ECTS credits (cr) is required.

You can find an overview of teacher education here.

Erweiterungsfach (additional subject)
If you are enrolled in a Master of Education programme, you may opt to study an Erweiterungsfach (additional subject) as a separate master's programme. You can start taking courses in your additional subject during your Bachelor of Education programme and even complete the relevant coursework and performance assessments. These may be recognised once you start your Master of Education programme. Please consult the director of the departmental administration first.

You can study one of these as additional subjects:

  • Chemistry (120 ECTS credits)
  • German (120 ECTS credits)
  • English (120 ECTS credits)
  • French (120 ECTS credits)
  • History (120 ECTS credits)
  • Italian (120 ECTS credits)
  • Latin (90 or 120 ECTS credits)
  • Mathematics (120 ECTS credits)
  • Philosophy / Ethics (120 ECTS credits)
  • Physics (120 ECTS credits)
  • Russian (120 ECTS credits)
  • Spanish (120 ECTS credits)

The following subjects are not available for study as additional subjects: biology, political science, sport, economics.


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad

Internships

You will complete a practical teaching semester (12 weeks) during the master's programme.

Study abroad

We recommend that you spend at least a few months abroad to acquire language skills and intercultural competencies that supplement your study programme. At the University of Konstanz, we offer a number of opportunities for completing parts of your study programme or an internship abroad. Your departmental student advisory service and the International Office will be happy to support you in this.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

As a teacher you need a variety of skills and competences. You should of course be fascinated by the contents of your subject, and at the same time enjoy sharing your knowledge with your young students. You will need to be able to develop teaching concepts, sometimes with your teacher colleagues, and you will need to demonstrate a high level of educational skills in your daily work with children and adolescents. In addition to this, you will need a variety of social competencies. These include communication skills, conflict ability, resilience and the ability to inspire and motivate. These skills will also help you when interacting with parents. You are basically responsible for creating a positive learning environment which enables your school students to develop and become well-equipped for the challenges of the future.

Language skills

Required language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

Required German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. Alternatively you can submit recognised school certificates. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The languages of instruction are German and English (in more advanced courses). Coursework and performance assessments usually are to be completed in German.

Admission requirements

We will publish the admission requirements soon.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require someinternational students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (e.g. non-EU citizens with German Abitur). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students
will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

The Master of Education in Computer Science has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7.. (winter semester) and 1.12. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

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