Supply 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 supply technology encompasses:

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

Degree Content

The electives in this curriculum offer students the option of advancing their studies in supply and machine technology based on their interests. Examples of electives include: Fundamentals of Residential Management, Introduction to Optical Systems for Production, Water Supply, and Fundamentals of Machine and Structure Dynamics. Through these electives, students 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 manufacturing technology course of study at RWTH Aachen University can be studied in combination with the vocational machine technology course of study or the vocational structural engineering course of study. 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 manufacturing technology or another technically adequate university degree. 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

Für den Zugang zum Vorbereitungsdienst sind grundsätzlich Kenntnisse zweier Fremdsprachen nachzuweisen. Dieser Nachweis wird in der Regel durch die Hochschulzugangsberechtigung erbracht. Studierende, die eine andere Sprache als Deutsch als Muttersprache erlernt und ihre Hochschulzugangsberechtigung in deutscher Sprache erworben haben, müssen lediglich Kenntnisse in einer weiteren Sprache erbringen.

Wird eine Kombination mit wenigstens einer beruflichen Fachrichtung studiert, werden nur Kenntnisse einer Fremdsprache gefordert.

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

Teacher training in NRW includes a so called suitability internship. We highly recommend completing it before beginning studies. It can also be completed during studies. Proof of the suitability internship is an admissions requirement for preparatory service after completion of studies. Students changing their course of study can use this internship as a decision aid before beginning Master's studies. You can find more information on the Lehrerbildungszentrum page about suitability internships and on the Ministry of School website.

Students will also need to catch up on additional work in practice-based studies, subject didactics, and technical studies.

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, 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 automotive and machine technology have good employment opportunities in public teaching service.

Teachers of supply technology at a vocational school may teach apprentices the following professions: plant mechanic for plumbing and heating; specialist for pipes, canals, and industry services; specialist for water supply engineering; plumber; and mechatronics technician for refrigeration technology.

Other fields of application include fulltime training courses and further training (technician, master) such as the grid technicians, solar engineers, water masters, and plumbing masters.

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) (Not yet available)



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