Computer Science B.Sc., Gymnasium and Gesamtschule Teacher


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
School Type:
Gymnasium and Gesamtschule
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies. A Bachelor in Teacher Training encompasses 180 ECTS, which are distributed over both subjects, pedagogical studies, and the Bachelor thesis.

German and English

Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German and English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    --- Zur Einschreibung in diesen Studiengang muessen Sie Kenntnisse in allen Unterrichtssprachen nachweisen. Details regelt die Pruefungsordnung. ---

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Dates and Deadlines


Computer science is the science of analysis, conception, implementation, and evaluation of information-processing systems. The static structure and dynamic behavior of such systems is described and investigated with basic terms such as information, modelling, algorithm, complexity, and efficiency.

In accordance with its origins, computer science contains mathematic elements, such as the qualitative and quantitative classification of problems and algorithms and correctness proofs for programs, as well as engineering elements, such as the solution of concrete application problems under optimal use of existing computer resources. Within the field of this spectrum, computer science has developed into a discipline with its own scientific methodology and has a strong influence on developments in other fields: computer science methods are implemented in almost all fields of science and daily life, in order to efficiently solved application specific problems.

In school, the focus of computer science is on modelling computer science systems, programming concepts, and on approaches for designing algorithms. In university studies of computer science, these things are further investigated and expanded, such as into software engineering, diverse modelling methods, and programming paradigms, and new aspects are included, particularly technical (computer structures and networks) and theoretical (mathematic methods for modelling and the analysis of algorithms and systems) foundations of computer science. Generic further work in specialized fields of practical and applied computer science is also included.


Degree Content

The teacher training Bachelor course of study in computer science offers a broad education in the scientific foundation of computer science. The knowledge acquired during these studies, which expands far beyond that what is learned in school, enables students to confidently work with new technologies and the resulting curricula later in their careers. The Bachelor studies encompass courses in the following areas:

  • Practical Computer Science (programming, data structures and algorithms, databases and information systems, introduction to software engineering, software internship)
  • Computer Engineering (introduction into computer engineering, operating systems and system software, secure distributed systems)
  • Theoretical Computer Science (discrete structures, formal systems, automats, processes, computability and complexity)
  • Introduction into the Pedagogy of Computer Science

You can find more information about the course of study and information and taster events for prospective students from the Department of Computer Science.

Study Abroad

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 Student Advisory Service of the Department or the Departmental Advisors.


Combination Possibilities

Two of the following instructional subjects are combined in studies for teachers at Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen: biology, chemistry, German, English, history, computer science, Catholic religious education, math, physics, technology education. Every subject can be equally combined with another. However, computer science and technology education cannot be combined with each other. Course of Study Model Lehramt at Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen


Decision Aids

Should I become a teacher? Do I want to work as a teacher? If you are asking yourself these questions, there are a few services to help you get to know yourself:

RWTH Aachen Self Assessment
All About Teacher Training
Career Counseling for Teachers
Fit für den Lehrerberuf



Personal Prerequisites

In computer science, diverse methods for the structuring, modelling, analysis, and solving of problems are implemented that extend far beyond pure programming. Thus you should have fun with math but also be interested in natural sciences and technology and already possess initial programming skills, since these are necessary for implementing problem solutions. RWTH Aachen offers a mathematics bridge course and computer science bridge course in its bridge program to intensify and complete your knowledge.

Enrollment Prerequisite

The RWTH Aachen "Lehramt" Self Assessment is an enrollment prerequisite for this course of study. You will need to submit your participation certificate when you enroll, but not in order to apply.


Media Library

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Career Prospects

You can find information from the NRW Ministry of Schools about the career prospects for various fields of teaching through 2039/40 in the brochure Prognoses on the Job Market for Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia (de).


Master's Degree Prospects

After successfully completing the Bachelor degree, you can continue with the Master of Education (4 semesters). With this degree, you can start your teaching practice (This phase used to be called "Refendariat" instead of "Vorbereitungsdienst".)

Since your Bachelor degree opens up various futher education possibilities, you can - depending on your subject combination - persue other Master's programs. The respective exam board will decide whether or not you are qualified for a Master's that is not in the field of education.


Examination Regulations

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.

General Regulations: Comprehensive Exam Regulations of RWTH Aachen Bachelor Teaching Training for Gymnasien, Gesamtschulen, and Berufskollegs

Special Regulations: Subject Specific Exam Regulations (de) (The current version applies to all first year students.)



The Computer Science course of study is offered by the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.