Teacher education programme (Gymnasium)

As of the winter semester of 2015/16, teacher education programmes in Baden-Württemberg are generally offered as bachelor’s and master’s programmes.


At the University of Konstanz, we offer the teacher education programme (Gymnasium) in 17 subjects. You may combine any two of the following subjects:

BiologyGermanHistory
ChemistryEnglishPhilosophy / Ethics
Computer ScienceFrenchPolitical science
MathematicsItalianSports
PhysicsLatinEconomics
Russian
Spanish

Components

  1. Fachwissenschaftliches Studium: Academic studies in both of the future teaching subjects
  2. Teaching methodology: Acquisition of subject-specific theories and methods for teaching the subject matter
  3. Educational science: Acquisition of educational and other qualifications relevant to a teaching position
  4. Practical experience: A three-week orientation internship is part of your bachelor's programme, while a 12-week practical teaching semester forms a part of your master's programme.

Pre-requisites for becoming a teacher

If you want to work as a teacher, you shouldn’t just feel comfortable around children and teenagers, but you should also be prepared for a life of continuous learning and further training. Teachers should display a good deal of empathy towards the troubles and worries that can dog a teenager’s life and be prepared to cooperate with various stakeholders, including the school, the parents and various authorities. You will need to excel at organisation, be willing to give it your all and display strong leadership. During the mandatory self-evaluation for teachers provided by the state of Baden-Württemberg, you will find out if a career in teaching might be right for you. 

Programme structure

Bachelor of Education

The bachelor’s programme usually takes six semesters (three years) to complete. Graduates are awarded the academic degree of “Bachelor of Education”. You will be taking two major subjects and as well as classes in educational science including an orientation internship. Remember that, by itself, your bachelor’s degree does not qualify you to teach. With your bachelor’s degree, you may apply for jobs on the labour market or continue your studies in a master's programme. If you decide at any point during your studies that you do not want to train as a teacher after all, you can have your master’s programme converted into a “Master of Arts” or “Master of Science”. If you do want to become a teacher, you will simply continue on with your “Master of Education” programme.

Master of Education

You will need to re-apply for admission to the master’s programme after finishing your “Bachelor of Education”. The master’s programme usually takes four semesters (two years) to complete, including a 12-week practical teaching semester. Graduates earn the academic degree of “Master of Education”. You may also earn your Master of Education at a different university. Remember to check your chosen university’s admission requirements and which academic degree you will be awarded at the end. At the University of Konstanz, the “Master of Education” is available starting winter semester 2017/18. Aftern earning your “Master of Education”, you may complete your teacher traineeship (“Referendariat”) in Baden-Württemberg (and, in certain circumstances, in other federal states), with the ultimate goal of becoming a fully qualified teacher.

Teacher traineeship (Referendariat/Vorbereitungsdienst)

You will need to have successfully completed your “Master of Education” for secondary education (Gymnasium) in order to complete the 18-month teacher traineeship. The traineeship ends with the first state examination (Staatsexamen). Having passed your first state examination, you may apply to work at a public school in Baden-Württemberg (and, in certain circumstances, in other federal states).

Language requirements

In order to study most of our educational programmes, you must prove your proficiency in German as well as in other modern languages, in Latin or in Greek. If you haven't got the required language skills when you first start your studies, you may acquire the necessary qualifications while completing your degree programme (Language Institute (SLI)). You should aim to take the necessary language courses during your first semesters. Please note that deadlines apply.

More information about required language skills for individual subjects is available here.

The three-week orientation internship

While studying towards your Bachelor of Education, you will spend three weeks at a secondary school (“Gymnasium”) or at a vocational school in Baden-Württemberg. You may complete the internship at any point during your bachelor studies. However, please note that the internship is meant to help you decide what to do and in which direction to take your studies. It therefore doesn't make sense for you to intern too early, or to leave it until the end of your study programme.
We recommend that you complete your internship in the semester break after your second, third or fourth semester. We do not recognise orientation internships completed before the beginning of your study programme.

The orientation internship is accompanied by supporting events organised by the university. During your fourth or fifth semester, you should also take part in our orientation workshop, which will help you come to a decision about continuing your educational degree. After successfully completing your orientational module in educational science - i.e. your orientation internship and the workshop - you will be asked to reflect on your experiences by compiling a portfolio.

We recommend that you don’t intern at a school you attended. Please register for your internship no sooner than four months prior to the start date by using the online application portal of the Kultusministerium (ministry of education and cultural affairs).

Studying abroad

We recommend that you spend at least a few months at another university 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/or the International Office will be happy to support you in this.

Additional subjects / third subjects

You may apply to study a voluntary third subject (a so-called additional subject) as part of a supplementary master's programme (carrying 90 or 120 ECTS credits). This will be possible from the winter semester 2017/18 onwards. We are currently working on the relevant study and examination regulations.

After consulting with the relevant departmental student advisory service, you may take certain courses and complete the relevant coursework and performance assessments in your additional subject while studying towards your bachelor’s degree. These will be recognised when you apply for your master’s programme.

Please note: experience shows that it doesn't make sense for you to start your third subject before the fifth semester of your bachelor’s programme!