Studying teacher education (German) qualifies you with the professional skills required to teach German in secondary education at a German "Gymnasium".
The German courses 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 modules deal 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 module providing the option of studies abroad is integrated in this study programme.
|Degree||Bachelor of Education (Secondary education)|
|Programme start||Winter semester|
|Period of study||6 semesters|
|Application period||9.5. - 15.9.|
|⌀ Number of students||78|
Why study German in the University of Konstanz?
We offer 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 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
Studying teacher education at the University of Konstanz will qualify you first and foremost for a teaching post in the state of Baden-Württemberg. When choosing the subjects you wish to study, you should note that your employment chances will partly depend on your combination of subjects. Normally, you will complete your bachelor’s degree after 6 semesters and continue with your master's programme (4 semesters). You will then complete 18 months as a trainee teacher (Referendariat) at a school in Baden-Württemberg. After successfully completing your 'Referendariat', you will be fully qualified to teach at a German Gymnasium (secondary school). Your professional post will preferably be at a school in the state of Baden-Württemberg. In principle, there is also the possibility of applying for a position in other federal states (among other things, this depends on the subject combination required by each specific state).
Further professional perspectives can be found in the interview series #dreamjob – Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.
After graduation you can continue in our Master of Education programme.
You will study two major subjects. You may freely combine your choice of subjects from those offered at the University of Konstanz. But you should note that some subject combinations demand a higher level of organisation and work. This is why we recommend you to seek more information and personal advice before entering your application. The bachelor's programme generally lasts for 6 semesters and is concluded with a bachelor thesis.
To continue with the master's programme, you will need to make a new application. The master's programme generally lasts for 4 semesters. A combination of three subjects is not available in the bachelor's programme. It might, however, be possible to study a third subject for future teaching purposes during the master’s programme.
The study programme for future teachers consists of the following elements:
- Academic studies: Studies in both of the future teaching subjects
- Teaching methodology: Acquisition of subject-specific theories and methods for teaching the subject matter
- Educational science: Acquisition of educational and other qualifications relevant to a teaching position
- Practical experience: During your bachelor's programme you will complete a 3-week orientation internship and during your master's programme a 12-week practical teaching semester.
You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
Mandatory main subject
You can choose your mandatory second main subject from the following list:
Internship and study abroad
During your bachelor's programme you will complete a 3-week orientation internship and during your master's programme a 12-week practical teaching semester.
A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. Equivalent coursework and performance assessments acquired during your stay will be recognised. You can spend semesters abroad at numerous European and non-European universities. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes.
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
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What interests and skills should I have?
You enjoy reading literary and academic texts. You are prepared to deal with difficult academic 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 history and culture in the German language area.
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.
Foreign language skills
You have to document skills in English and another foreign language. For this you have to document either 4 years of school classes in secondary education or 3 years of school classes with the final grade "ausreichend/sufficient" in the last 3 years before completing your general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur). You can submit the certificate of your higher education entrance qualification to do so. Alternatively you can submit a certificate level B2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages (CEFR). You can catch up on missing skills in the other foreign language during your first semester, either at our Language Institute (SLI) or a suitable, accepted external provider. We do not carry out our own language tests to determine your aptitude.
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. 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.
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or recognised equivalent.
You will find the current regulations for the selection process in the admission regulations.
Mandatory online test
Before applying for our Bachelor of Education programme you need to take an online self-test. The test will help you to decide whether teaching and working daily with children and adolescents is suitable for you. Please send in your test certificate together with your application papers.
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 admission restrictions.
An application is possible during the following period: 9.5. - 15.9. (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.
During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods, etc.) and upload various PDF documents.
Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:
- your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
- documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ, etc.)
- any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
- any other required documents (medical certificate, etc.)
An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).