Communications 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:

  • Educational studies
  • Practical semester
  • German for School Students with an Immigration Background (DSSZ)

Degree Content

Subject-Didactic and Practical School Studies

The curriculum for the Master of Education in Communications Engineering is oriented towards professionalization as a teacher at a vocational school. A central component of studies is the practical period anchored in the first two semesters. Accompanied by subject-didactics and the education sciences, students complete a practical semester at a school. Aside from a university research component on a school, this practical component is shaped by the Zentrum für schulpraktische Lehrerausbildung and schools. Students develop lesson strategies and implement them. They also become familiar with practical demands in planning, shaping, and analyzing lessons within the framework of the vocation communications engineering.

Technical Studies

In the Master of Education students complete not only a practical semester but also acquire advanced communication engineering technical knowledge, in order to be able to follow and evaluate the results of newer research and include new topics in lessons. A majority of the classes fall under the elective section, allowing students to determine their own focus. The course of study contains a variety of class types: lecture with tutorial, seminar, practical, project, and intensive course.

The Master's thesis forms the conclusion of studies. You can find detailed information about the content and structure of studies in the module catalogue of the subject-specific examination regulation (see below).

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

Students continue the subject combination from the Bachelor teacher-training program. The small vocational concentration communications engineering can only be studied in combination with the big vocational concentration, electrical engineering (course of study model 2). Details about the combination possibilities can be found on the teacher training Bachelor course of study in electrical engineering webpage.



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 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.


Programs Abroad

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology offers study abroad advising. More information can be found on the page Studieren im Ausland (de).


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 2039/2040 in the brochure Prognoses on the Job Market for Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia (de).

These Master's studies qualify students not only to teach but to work in the following fields:

  • Scientific work at university, particularly in the fields of vocational education and subject didactics
  • Human resources development and associations of vocational further and continued education (Kammern)
  • Vocational training institutions and institutions for vocational rehabilitation
  • Development of teaching and learning methods

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 Communications Engineering course of study is offered by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.