Machine Technology 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

Master's studies in vocational machine technology encompasses:

  • Advanced studies of machine technology
  • Subject-didactic studies of machine technology
  • Educational studies
  • Practical semester
  • German for School Students with an Immigration Background (DSSZ)

Degree Content

The Master's course of study encompasses advanced studies of machine technology with selected electives. During their studies, students learn about selected technology fields and are able to bridge the gap between engineering fundamentals and applications in the career field.

With university studies preparing and accompanying them, students complete a practical semester at a school to apply their technical skills together with didactic skills during lessons. Graduates are able to develop and implement lesson strategies with the help of subject-didactic skills and to present them to third-parties. The Master's thesis serves as the conclusion to studies.

An outline of the degree content is given in the curriculum, which you can find on the faculty overview page of courses of study.

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 Study Abroad Counselling of the Faculty 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 machine technology course of study at RWTH Aachen University can be studied in combination with another vocational course of study, for example automotive technology, manufacturing technology, supply technology, textile technology, etc, or with an instructional subject. Details about the combination possibilities are available on the Bachelor in Machine Technology page. The following descriptions apply only to vocational supply technology. 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 may be a teacher training Bachelor in machine technology or another technically adequate university degree. If combining the course of study with automotive technology, manufacturing technology, or supply technology, an initial degree from a university of applied sciences may also be accepted as a suitable prerequisite. 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 will need to catch up on additional work in practice-based 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. WIth this practical training accompanying you during your studies, you are already familiar with individual areas in vocational training for school students when you begin your teaching practice period. Relevant training and employment can be counted as subject- related practical training. 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

The Master of Education aims the professionalization of teachers for vocational schools. It qualifies an individual to enter teacher training for vocational schools. Students who study machine technology have good employment opportunities in public teaching service.

Teachers of machine technology at a vocational school teach apprentices for careers including plant mechanics, precision machinists, industrial mechanics, metal constructors, cutting machine operators, and toolmakers.

A further field of occupation are fulltime training courses (assistant) and further training (technician, master) such as the state certified technician machine technology assistant, technicians in machine technology with a specialization in plant mechanics, or industrial masters with a focus on metal.

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 (de).

With the Master's degree, students are also qualified for work in the following fields:

  • Scientific work at a university, particular in the field of vocational education and subject-didactics
  • Human resources development, vocational further training and education, professional adult education
  • In institutions and associations for professional education and further development (professional associations or chambers)
  • Professional education institutions and institutions for professional rehabilitation
  • Development of teaching and learning media

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 Machine Technology course of study is offered by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.