Structural Engineering M.Ed., Vocational School Teacher


Key Info

Basic Information

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.


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:

  • Advanced studies in structural engineering
  • Advanced studies in the pedagogy of structural engineering
  • Educational studies
  • Practical semester
  • German for School Students with an Immigration Background (DSSZ)

Degree Content

The course of study offers advanced studies in structural engineering. Students learn about selected fields of technology and are capable of bridging the gap between the fundamentals of engineering and applications in professional fields of work.

Students are prepared and accompanied by the University as they complete a practical semester at a school in order to apply their technical knoweldge and pedagogical skills in classroom lessons. Graduates are able to develop and implement teaching concepts using skills in the subject's teaching methodology and to present to others. The Master's thesis serves as the culmination of the program.

You can find an overview of the curriculum in the curriculum schedule.

Programs Abroad

The Faculty maintains a number of research and teaching partnerships with European and non-European universities, such as the ERASMUS+ program. The RWTH Moveonline Exchanges offers an overview of all RWTH Aachen exchange programs. Information on the feasibility of stays abroad provides the Faculty of Civil Engineering International Office or the Departmental Advisors.


Combination Possibilities

In the Master's course of study students continue the combination of subjects from their teacher training Bachelor course of study. The vocational structural engineering course of study at RWTH Aachen University can be studied in combination with another vocational course of study such as wood technology, supply technology, underground engineering, and Hochbautechnik or with a school subject. Details about the combination possibilities are available on the Bachelor's course of study in structural engineering website. The following descriptions apply only to vocational structural engineering. The corresponding course of study description provides information about the combination subject.



First University Degree

An initial university degree is required to begin studies. This could be a teacher training Bachelor in electrical engineering or another adequate academic degree. An initial degree from a university of applied sciences is also acceptable to be admitted to studies in combination with the vocational specializations power engineering, telecommunications, and computer engineering. 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. Only one foreign language is required for students pursuing a combination with at least one professional subject for teacher training at a vocational school.

Information for Students Changing Their Course of Study

You didn't study a teacher training Bachelor but are thinking about being a teacher? Here you can find offers to help orient yourself.

RWTH Subject SelfAssessment "Lehramt"
Fit für den Lehrerberuf

BeLEK Project: Partnership with Selected Universities of Applied Sciences

Students from certain universities of applied sciences are offered special transition possibilities to begin a Master of Education: project-information of the RWTH Aachen.

Academic Advising for all Students Changing Their Course of Study

Students may also need to catch up on additional work within the framework of practical or field studies, subject didactics, and technical studies. Students, who have not completed a Bachelor's degree in teacher training at RWTH Aachen, should contact the academic advising office of their desired teacher training subject.


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


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 Structural Engineering course of study is offered by the Faculty of Civil Engineering.