German – Master of Education (Secondary education)
The Master of Education (MEd) in German 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 German consist of literary and linguistic modules. The literary modules will teach you to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority. You will study German literature of all epochs from the Middle Ages to the present as well as all genres of literature (prose, poetry, drama). You will be introduced to various methodologies from literary theory, literary history as well as cultural studies and cultural theory. The linguistic module deals systematically with the structure and history of the German language. Your courses may include, in addition to the linguistic core areas phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, courses on language acquisition, language processing, research into dialects and so on. In addition to subject-related content you will have classes in didactics and education. A study abroad module is part of the bachelor’s programme.
|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 German in the University of Konstanz?
The University of Konstanz’s Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies offers a broad range of interdisciplinary courses through cooperation with other literature subjects as well as art and media studies. Teaching is also oriented towards current basic research in literature and cultural science. Lively interaction in the seminars, which address specific contents in small groups, has priority over lecture formats.
Studying linguistics requires the ability to think in a formal and networked way. One of the objectives of the study programme is the acquisition of research skills for theoretical and experimental work. The Department of Linguistics has professionally equipped laboratories for experimental linguistics. You can carry out studies on corpus linguistics and computer linguistics, experiments on speech production and perception, and studies on psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics there. The laboratories are an essential component of the department's teaching activities and significantly enhance your training.
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 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.
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 additional subjects:
- Chemistry (90 ECTS credits)
- Computer science (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.
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.
- Three Questions to Lara, B.Ed. Biology and German
- Three Questions to Daniel, B.Ed. Chemistry and German
- Three Questions to Caroline, B.Ed. German and History
- Three Questions to Paul, B.A. German Literature
- Three Questions to Tabea, B.A. German Literature
- Students report: Elisa Immler, M.Ed. German and Latin
Get an impression
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 prepared to deal with difficult texts. You are deeply interested in the German language from its origins to the present day. You are willing to scientifically and methodically deal with language and literature and are interested in the history and culture of the German-speaking world.
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 produce evidence of your skills in English and one other foreign language: Documentation of either 4 years of classes in secondary education or 3 years of classes in the last 3 years before completing your general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), completed with the final grade “ausreichend/sufficient” or better. Alternatively, you may submit a level B2 certificate of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 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 as master’s students. You can take the required language classes at the university’s own Language Institute (SLI) or, after discussing your choice with the university, a suitable external institution. The required documentation must be produced by the time you register for your master’s thesis. You cannot catch up on missing English skills after the start of your studies. We do not carry out our own language tests to determine your aptitude.
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 language of instruction and examinations 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
The Master of Education (Biology) 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.