Biology M.Ed., Gymnasium and Gesamtschule Teacher


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Education
School Type:
Gymnasium and Gesamtschule
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.


Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    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 --- Mehr Informationen ---

    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


Program Components

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.

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)

Degree Content

Subject-Didactic and Practical School Studies

Lesson and school practice are at the focus of the first two semesters. A preparatory module accompanying the practical semester contains a technical seminar, a preparatory seminar with lesson exercises, and a seminar accompanying the practical semester.

In the subject-didactic module central topics of biology pedagogy are explored further using selected lesson topics (such as simplification and didactic reconstruction; exploration methods like experiments, investigations, and observations; media; modelling; subject and language; material and personal facilitation of learning process). Furthermore, students also work on the didactic structuring of individual hours and lesson sequences as well as planning and carrying out a skill-oriented biology lesson taking curricular requirements into consideration.

During the seminar that accompanies the practical semester, students work on turning skill-oriented learning objectives into subject content and methods for biology lessons. Another component of the subject-didactic module is managing media, tools and equipment relevant to school.


"Tag der Aachener Biologie und Biotechnologie"

  1. There is an annual event which presents the department´s courses of study. It is held entirely in German. International students with German skills, of course, are invited to attend!  More information on the department´s webpage (de).

Technical Studies

The technical component, that is the third and fourth semesters, encompasses two elective modules. In these modules students independently expand their theoretical and practical skills.

Through a technical internship students learn to apply common biological working methods and to transfer these to lessons. Both modules must be selected from the following fields:

  • General Biology (for ecample Microbiology, Cell Biology, or Environmental Sciences)
  • Botany
  • Zoology (for example Human Biology, Developmental Biology, or Neurobiology)

At least one of the modules must be closely related to biology lessons in schools (for example Human Biology 1) and at least one must contain an internship.

Students work out a current specific topic with the science, pedagogy, or education of biology in their Master's thesis. They have six months to write the thesis part-time. This period ends with a colloquium, in which students present their results.

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 can be found at International on the Departments website or by contacting the Departmental Advisors.



First University Degree

An initial university degree is required to begin a Master's teacher training program. 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.

Language Requirements

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.


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).


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 Master Teaching Training for Gymnasien, Gesamtschulen, and Berufskollegs

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



Studies in Biology are offered by the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.