German 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

Teaching practice and application in schools are at the focus of studies during the first two semesters. Topic areas for research questions in German lessons that are developed during the preparatory seminar and can be implemented during the practical semester, include: skill orientation; formulating problems and evaluation processes; models of literary conversations in class; media skills; action- and production-oriented process; literary learning (including eras, classic literature, youth and adolescent literature); identity orientation; problems in orthography didactics; designing grammar lessons; didactic concepts based on genre and type of text; creative writing; and argumentation, moderation, and presenting. Other intersections may arise in the form of the module "German for Students with a Migration Background." Possible aspects are: language acquisition processes in the first and second language, diagnosis process for assessing language level and development; programs and concepts for promoting language; fundamentals of intercultural communication.

Technical Studies

The technical component (3rd and 4th semester) encompasses three advanced modules, that are distributed among German and General Literary Studies or GAL and Literary and Linguistic Studies or SK, based on one's own focus.

German and General Literary Studies (GAL)
The GAL focus is composed of two advanced modules "Literature in an Interdisciplinary Context" and "Literature and Methodology" and the linguistic and literary studies module "Language Theory and History." There is an exam in every module.

Literary and Linguistic Studies (SK)
The SK focus is based on the advanced modules "Cultural and Medial Aspects of Language" and "Language Theory and History"and the literary science advanced module "Literature in an Interdisciplinary Context." There is an exam in every module.

Elective Possibilities in the Focuses

Both literary science advanced modules offers the possibility to complete the module exam in either a seminar from Medieval German Literature, that is Ältere Deutsche Literatur or ÄDL, or from Modern German Literature, that is Neuere Deutschen Literatur or NDL. Students, who choose the GAL focus, must take a module exam in both ÄDL and NDL. There is also an additional linguistics seminar from the module "Language Theory and History."

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 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)



Studies in German are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities .