French 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.

German and French

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 and French --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    --- Zur Einschreibung in diesen Studiengang muessen Sie Kenntnisse in allen Unterrichtssprachen nachweisen. Details regelt die Pruefungsordnung. ---

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)
  • "Faszination Technik“ Concept

Degree Layout

Subject-Didactic and Practical School Studies

The focus of the first academic year is on subject didactics and preparation for the integrated practical semester (internship, accompanying seminar, planning and analyzing lessons, research methods, theory). Students can take the module completion exam for subject didactics at the end of the first academic year.

The study and teaching projects consist of textbook analyses, methods for foreign language instruction, media use, and performance evaluation. Students learn how to plan, implement, and present a teaching project. They act as researching instructors and acquire the ability to plan a French lesson accompanied by theory and targeted towards the appropriate audience. They are able to systematically observe and analyze a lesson, define larger and more precise goals, and select appropriate learning materials.

Technical Studies

Aside from the study components that are linked to school instruction, students continue with their own language lessons. The literary component focuses on different approaches to literature analysis and literary historiography as well as interdisciplinary questions from literature analysis with overlaps to media, art, and cultural studies. This analytic and descriptive skill forms the foundation for continuous reflection of teaching and learning processes when working with Francophone literature and culture later on in one's career.

In the linguistic component, students deal with topics such as language acquisition and multilingualism, the relationship between language and media, language normalization and language politics, the relationship between language and society, and more recent developments in synchronous linguistics (cognitive linguistics, pragmatism, communication theory).

Faszination Technik

Corresponding to the fact that the course of study is offered at a technical university, the relationships between langauge, communication, and technology will be explored in "Konzept Technik."

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. 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.

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.

Furthermore students must provide proof of French skills.


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 (de)


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.


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 French are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities .