Economics – Bachelor of Education (Secondary education)

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Our Economics Bachelor of Education (secondary education) study programme provides future teachers the professional qualifications to teach economics in secondary education at a German Gymnasium.

The study of economics will provide you with the essential knowledge, methods and theoretical background in the areas of economics and business administration. Students will learn how to explain the basic concepts of modern economic theory and be able to follow economic policy discussions.

Overview

DegreeBachelor of Education (Secondary education)
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
Number of places:10

Why study Economics at Konstanz?

  • Preparatory courses in mathematics

  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Support with studying abroad
  • Courses taught in English

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Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

The teacher education programme (Gymnasium) at the University of Konstanz prepares you for a career as a teacher in the state of Baden-Württemberg. When selecting your subjects, it is important that you remember that your future employment opportunities will depend on the combination of subjects that you will be qualified to teach. Normally, the bachelor’s study programme can be completed in six semesters. You will then continue with a master’s study programme (4 semesters). This is followed by a Referendariat (teacher traineeship) lasting 18 months at a school in Baden-Württemberg. Once you successfully complete this traineeship, you are qualified to start working as a secondary school teacher at a German Gymnasium, preferably at a school in Baden-Württemberg. However, you may also apply to work in other German states as long as you have the relevant prerequisites, which includes an acceptable combination of subjects for the state that you want to work in.

Check out our Interview series #dreamjob - starting a career. for additional information from our alumni about starting your career.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

You will always study two majors. You can choose them from any of the available subjects at the University of Konstanz. However, some subject combinations will lead to increased workloads in terms of organizing and carrying out your studies. We therefore recommend that you consult our Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) before submitting your application. It will normally take you six semesters to complete the bachelor's study programme, which you will complete with a bachelor’s thesis. You will then need to apply for admission to the master’s programme that generally requires four semesters of study. The bachelor’s programme generally does not allow for a three subject combination. You may be able to add a third teaching subject during your master’s studies.

The teacher education programme is structured as follows:

  • Subject-specific studies: Completing academic studies in both teaching subjects
  • Subject-specific didactics: Acquiring subject-specific theories and methods for teaching the subject matter
  • Educational science: Acquiring educational and other qualifications relevant to a teaching position
  • Practical experience: Completing a three-week orientation internship during your bachelor's programme and a 12-week practical teaching semester during your master’s studies.


The following illustration presents a sample study programme structure (in German).


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

Mandatory main subject


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  • ChemistryThis programme qualifies you to teach chemistry in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. Chemistry is the science of the structures and properties of materials and their reactions. In the chemical sense, materials are elements and their compounds.

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  • Computer ScienceThis study programme qualifies you to teach computer science in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. Computer science is based on mathematics and engineering. Logical thinking is at the heart of this discipline.

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  • EnglishIn this programme you will acquire the professional skills required to teach English in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. The courses consist of literary, linguistic and language skills modules. The literary modules will teach you how to analyse and reflect critically on literatures of the English-speaking world and to speak and write about them with authority. The linguistic modules deal systematically with the structure and history of the English language.

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  • FrenchThis study programme equips you with the professional skills required to teach French in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. The courses consist of literary, linguistic and language skills modules. The literary modules will teach you how to analyse and reflect critically on French literature and culture and to speak and write about them with authority. The linguistic modules deal systematically with the structure and history of the French language.

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  • GermanIn this study programme you will acquire the professional skills to teach German in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. The courses consist of literary and linguistic modules. The literary module will teach you to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority. The linguistic module deals systematically with the structure and history of the German language.

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  • HistoryIn this programme you will acquire the professional skills required to teach history in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. Studying history at the University of Konstanz means learning about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests. The programme links the study of entire epochs with regional histories (e.g. Ancient Near East, Eastern Europe) and thematic (e.g. economic and social history) areas of emphasis.

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  • ItalianThis study programme qualifies you to teach Italian in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. The courses consist of literary, linguistic and language skills modules. The literary modules will teach you how to analyse and reflect critically on Italian literature and culture and to speak and write about them with authority. The linguistic modules deal systematically with the structure and history of the Italian language.

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  • LatinThis study programme qualifies you to teach Latin in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. It consists of literary, culture and language skills modules. The literary modules will teach you how to read and understand ancient texts in their historical, cultural and social contexts. In the linguistic modules you will become proficient in classical Latin and acquire knowledge of the metrics, structure and history of Latin.

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  • MathematicsThis study programme qualifies you to teach mathematics in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. Mathematics encompasses the study of abstract structures and their inherent relationships on the one hand, and seeks to find solutions for problems posed by applied sciences such as engineering, medicine, economics as well as the natural and social sciences on the other.

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  • Philosophy/ EthicsThis study programme qualifies you to teach philosophy/ethics in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. Over the course of your studies you will gain an understanding of the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. You will discuss philosophical questions, such as free will, the rationale of moral norms, the potentials of knowledge and the relationship between language and reality.

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  • PhysicsThis study programme qualifies you to teach physics in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. Physics encompasses a wide field of study. The fundamental aim is to understand how matter in its various forms and sizes interacts with the fundamental forces of nature.

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  • Political ScienceThis study programme qualifies you to teach political science in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. When studying political science, you will be mainly concerned with political perspectives on social needs, interests and objectives. You will acquire knowledge of political institutions and their inner structures and become acquainted with theories that explain how political power is legitimised. In doing so, you will learn to analyse political decision-making processes and critically appraise mechanisms within our society.

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  • RussianThis study programme will qualify you to teach Russian in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. The courses consist of literary, linguistic and language skills modules. Over the course of the literary modules you will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on Russian literature and culture and to speak and write about them with authority. The linguistic modules deal systematically with the structure and history of the Russian language.

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  • SpanishThis study programme qualifies you to teach Spanish in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. It is comprised of literary, linguistic and language skills modules. Over the course of the literary modules you will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on Spanish literature and culture and to speak and write about them with authority.

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  • SportIn this study programme you will acquire the professional skills to teach sports in secondary education at a German Gymnasium. You will attend both theoretical as well practical modules. The theoretical disciplines comprise modules on science, medicine and social science.

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Internship and study abroad

Internships

You will complete a three-week orientation internship during your bachelor's programme, and a 12-week practical teaching semester during your master’s studies.

Study abroad

We highly recommend completing a period of study abroad, and the department will support you in planning your studies abroad. You also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of programmes, such as Erasmus+, to spend a semester abroad.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

To study economics, you should be interested in thinking about and understanding economic contexts. You should be able to both think analytically and apply theory when analyzing complex contexts and interdependencies. A good working knowledge of mathematics and English will be helpful.

You will need a variety of skills and competences as a teacher. You should, of course, have a keen interest in your teaching subject, and at the same time enjoy sharing your knowledge with others. In addition to developing teaching concepts, both on your own and with your teacher colleagues, you will need to demonstrate a high level of pedagogical skill in your daily work with children and young people. You should also be able to draw on a range of social competencies. These include communication and conflict resolution skills, resilience and the ability to inspire and motivate. These skills will also help you when interacting with parents. As a teacher, you are essentially responsible for creating a positive learning environment for your school students so they can develop into adults who can meet the challenges of the future.

Language skills

Required foreign language skills

No additional proof of foreign language proficiency is required when applying to our teacher education programme in economics.

German language skills
International applicants will need to submit documentation of their German language skills at the level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 or higher. Alternatively, you may submit other recognized language tests or recognized school certificates. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit officially recognized documentation of your German language proficiency along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The languages of instruction in the bachelor’s programme are German and English.

Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the university is the German Abitur (German general higher education entrance qualification) or a recognized equivalent higher education entrance qualification.

Read the admission regulations to learn more about the selection process.

Mandatory online study orientation test

You must complete an online study orientation test (in German) to be able to participate in the teacher education programme. The test will help you decide whether or not teaching and working with children and/or young people is right for you. Please submit documentation of completing this test along with your application documents.

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.

Some international students are required to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies
Since the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students in their first degree studies to pay tuition fees. Students who are citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) are not required to pay tuition fees. Doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (e.g. non-EU citizens with German Abitur) are also exempt from paying tuition fees. More detailed information on this topic can be found here.

Tuition fees for all students in second degree studies
Students working on completing their second degree studies have also been required to pay tuition fees since the winter semester 2017/18. More detailed information on this topic can be found here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information on this topic can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7. (winter 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.

Application Guide
The PocketGuide Application will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.

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