Economics M.Ed., Vocational School Teacher
- Master of Education
- School Type:
- Vocational School
- Start of Studies:
- Winter Semester, Summer Semester
- Standard Period of Studies:
- 4 semesters
- ECTS Credits:
- 120Mehr Informationen
What does that mean?
ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies. The teacher training Master's encompasses 120 ECTS, which are distributed among both subjects, education studies, the practical semester, DSSZ, and the Master's thesis.
First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
What does that mean?
A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).
Proficiency in German
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What does that mean?
You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.
Admission to First Semester
Admission to Higher Semesters
Dates and Deadlines
Two subjects are also combined in Master's teacher training studies. The combination possibilities for the teacher training subjects are identical with those in the corresponding Bachelor courses of study. Please make note of the restricted combinations for the small vocational subjects. Please take note of the restricted combination with political science (economics/political science).
Master's teacher training studies includes not only the two subjects but other elements as well:
- Educational studies
- Practical semester
- German for School Students with an Immigration Background (DSSZ)
- "Faszination Technik“ Concept
Subject-Didactic and Practical Studies
The first academic year is shaped by the mandatory module Didactics of Economics and other subject-didactic courses. This includes preparation for and the accompaniment of the practical semester. In the didactic preparatory and accompaning courses for the practical semester, students learn about current and relevant research fields in economic pedagogy work on their own projects. Students also learn about the fundamental planning, design, and analysis of economics lessons and how to adapt and prepare the economic knowledge gained at the university-level to school lessons.
During the second academic year students take two advanced technical modules and complete their Master's thesis. There are multiple modules from different economic disciplines to choose from, such as general business administration, general economics, and law. By selecting these modules, students gain a glance at two different subject disciplines and have the opportunity to specialize.
The two credit points assigned to Faszination Technik are earned in economics through the event series Projekt Leonardo, in which students from different disciplines actively work together. Two lecturers with different backgrounds (natural and engineering sciences, medicine, cultural sciences and humanities, economics, or social sciences) offer a module that focuses on social challenges, such as questions and problems surrounding energy, climate change, the world population and health, and globalization.
The Faculty has several international partner universities with which it has well-established links, such as collaborations in teaching and research as well as exchange programs such as ERASMUS+. An overview of all RWTH Aachen exchange programs can be found at: Overview of Exchange Options. Information on the feasibility of stays abroad provides the Exchange Office of the Faculty or the Departmental Advisors.
First University Degree
An initial university degree is required to begin a Master's teacher training program. An initial degree from a university of applied sciences is also acceptable to be admitted to studies for one of the “big vocational subjects” in combination with one of the respective “small vocational subjects” The exact technical educational background required is summarized in the examination regulation. The examination board is responsible for determining if admissions requirements have been fulfilled.
In order to be admitted to teaching practice students must provide documentation of skills in two foreign languages. The university entrance qualification typically fulfills this. Students, who did not learn German as a native speaker and acquired their university entrance qualification in German, only need to submit proof of knowledge of one additional language.
Only one foreign language is required for students pursuing a combination with at least one professional subject for teacher training at a vocational school.
Subject-Related Practical Training
Training to become a teacher at vocational school includes relevant practical training lasting twelve months. The subject-related practical training is not part of teacher training studies, meaning the twelve months are not included in the study period. The practical training must be completed before beginning the teaching practice period. The majority of the practical training should be completed before finishing studies. More about subject-related practical training (de)
You can find information from the NRW Ministry of Schools about the career prospects for various fields of teaching through 2039/2040 in the brochure Prognoses on the Job Market for Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Exam regulations regulate academic goals and prerequisites, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.
Special Regulations: Subject Specific Exam Regulations (de)
The Economics course of study is offered by the School of Business and Economics.