Latin – Master of Education (Secondary education)
The Master of Education (MEd) in Latin 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”).
Our Bachelor and Master of Education programmes in Latin consist of cultural, literary and linguistic modules. The literary modules will teach you how to read and understand ancient texts in their historical, cultural and social contexts. You will study Latin literature from its origins to late antiquity and gain insight into the impact the Latin language and Roman culture had during the Middle Ages and modern era. You will be introduced to various methodologies from literary theory, literary history as well as cultural studies and cultural theory. In the linguistic modules you will become proficient in classical Latin and acquire knowledge of the metrics, structure and history of Latin. Courses on the culture of antiquity and its reception (e.g. epigraphy, mythology, philosophy, religion) as well as courses on teaching methodology and educational science complement your curriculum.
|Degree||Master of Education (Secondary education)|
|Programme start||Winter semester & Summer semester|
|Period of study||4 semesters|
|Application period||9.5. - 15.7. | 29.11. - 15.1.|
Why study Latin in the University of Konstanz?
In Konstanz you will study in a special, interdisciplinary environment: Since Latin is taught in the Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies, which is also home to the modern philologies as well as ancient history and archaeology, you will gain comprehensive insights into the cultures of antiquity. This broad range of courses gives you the opportunity to individually shape your studies. Teaching is based on current basic research in literature and cultural sciences, covering a wide spectrum from Greek and Roman literature through to late antiquity, including the history of its reception. We offer several-day excursions into the Roman cultural area on a regular basis. The diversity of course formats, (lectures, tutorials, seminars, colloquia) in which you will become acquainted with philologically analysing and scientifically dealing with ancient texts, as well as the excellent staff-student ratio enable you to intensively study Latin literature and Roman culture. At the beginning of your studies, tutorials complement the courses, with more advanced students helping you in implementing the subject-related content. Seminars on teaching methodology also prepare you to practically apply your knowledge. At the University of Konstanz, you have access to a broad range of additional support services, for example: academic writing, planning a study abroad stay, learning additional foreign languages.
Prospects and opportunities
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 your first 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.
Winter semester & Summer semester
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 an additional subject:
- Chemistry (90 ECTS-Credits)
- Computer Science (120 ECTS-Credits)
- German (120 ECTS-Credits)
- English (120 ECTS-Credits)
- History (120 ECTS-Credits)
- Italian (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.
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
Internship and study abroad
You will complete a practical teaching semester (12 weeks) during the master's programme.
We recommend that you spend at least a few months abroad to acquire language skills and intercultural competencies that supplement your study programme. Your departmental student advisory service and the International Office will be happy to support you in this.
Impressions from students and lecturers
Hear from students and lecturers
In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.
- Students report: Elisa Immler, M.Ed. German and Latin
- Students report: Petra Plautz, PhD in Latin Literature
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Discover online lectures and websites with more information about your prospective subject.
What interests and skills should I have?
You enjoy reading literary and academic texts and are prepared to deal with sometimes difficult academic texts. You are deeply interested in the Latin language. You are willing to scientifically and methodically deal with language and literature and are keenly interested in history and culture.
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, the ability to deal with conflict, 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.
You need to provide documentation of having earned both the Latinum and the Graecum, either by submitting your higher education entrance certificate if you received the required training at school, or another certificate. Students who did not produce evidence of the required language skills during their bachelor’s programme at the University of Konstanz may be able to do so during their first semesters by attending the preparatory courses offered by the Department of Literature and by taking the state examinations. The required documentation must be produced by the time you register for your master’s thesis.
Required German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their german language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, you may submit other recognised language tests or 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 language of instruction and examination is German. Some courses may also be held in English.
We will publish the admission requirements soon.
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
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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 a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.
Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.
Application and application documents
This study programme has no admission restrictions.
An application is possible during the following period: 9.5. - 15.7. (winter semester) and 29.11. - 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.
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.