Mathematics M.Ed., Vocational School Teacher
- 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.
First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
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
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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
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)
For students beginning their studies in the winter semester, the curriculum is scheduled as following: During the first year, a subject-didactic and pedagogical preparatory semester (winter semester) and practical semester (summer semester) are offered. During the practical semester, students work not only in a school but also take a seminar on diagnosis, support, and evaluation. They also complete a project. The curriculum also includes two other courses: the mandatory course "Applied Statistics" (offered every winter semester) and an elective course, where students can choose from the following:
- Computer Algebra
- Complex Analysis I
- Ordinary Differential Equations
- Optimization A
- Optimization B
If students begin their studies in the summer semester, they usually complete these courses first and then begin the preparations for the practical semester during the following winter semester.
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 Advising of the Faculty or the Departmental Advisors.
First University Degree
An initial university degree is required to begin a Master's teacher training program. An initial degree from a university of applied sciences is also acceptable to be admitted to studies for one of the “big vocational subjects” in combination with one of the respective “small vocational subjects” 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.
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.
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
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).
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 Mathematics are offered by the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.