Spanish – Bachelor of Education (Secondary education)

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Studying teacher education (Spanish) qualifies you with the professional skills required to teach Spanish in secondary education at a German Gymnasium.

The Spanish courses comprise 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. You will study 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 Spanish language. Your courses may include, in addition to the core areas phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, courses on language acquisition, on the Spanish varieties etc. In the practical courses you will improve your own Spanish language skills. You will also attend courses on regional and cultural studies, oral and written language skills, listening comprehension, translation and grammar. 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.

Overview

Degree Bachelor of Education (Secondary education)
Programme start Winter semester
Period of study 6 semesters
Application period 17.5. - 15.9.
Admission restrictions no
⌀ Number of students 39

Why study Spanish 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.

Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

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).

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

After graduation you can continue with our Master of Education programme.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

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

Internships

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.

Study abroad

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

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Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

You enjoy reading literary and academic texts and are prepared to deal with difficult texts. You are deeply interested in the Spanish 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 Spanish 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.

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You have to document basic knowledge of Latin and basic knowledge of another Romance language (e.g. French, Italian), To do so, please submit documentation of 2 years of classes in secondary education, final grade "ausreichend/sufficient" or better. You can submit the certificate of your higher education entrance qualification. Alternatively you can submit a certificate level A2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages (CEFR) to document your basic knowledge in the second Romance language. You can catch up on missing language skills during the first semesters, either at our Language Institute (SLI) or the Department of Literature, 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 languages of instruction and examinations are German and Spanish.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or recognised equivalent.

Mandatory online test
Before applying for our Bachelor of Education programme you need to take an online self-test. This 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.

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.

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: 17.5. - 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.

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.

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