Master of Education
Catholic Religious Education

Catholic Religious Education

The Master of Education program in Catholic Religious Education deals with the contents and traditions of the Christian faith using academic/scientific methods. The “God question,”– who or what is God?–which is then immediately formulated as “the man question”–who or what is man?–is a key part of this degree program. Students deepen their knowledge of biblical, historical, systematic and practical theology themes.

While in the bachelor's degree program students focus on the knowledge side of their two school subjects, the Master of Education degree program puts a stronger emphasis on educational sciences and subject didactics. The basic approach to teaching religion is Elementarisierung, or the breaking down of difficult concepts into basic understandable elements. The five cornerstones of Elementarisierung–elementary structures, truths, ways of access, experiences and forms of learning–are applied to exegetical or church-historical themes. Students explore theological knowledge and teaching/learning processes in religious instruction, giving special consideration to inclusion-related matters. This provides a backdrop to the practical parts of this teaching degree program and enables students to work through the specific challenges of religious instruction.

In teaching degree programs for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to Catholic Religious Education, students are enrolled for a second subject as well as Educational Sciences. The practical semester is a centerpiece of the degree program.



Possible lines of work:

Teaching at schools

For other possible lines of work, please refer to the Old Catholic Theology and Ecumenical Theology (MA), and Catholic Theology (Church Examination/Magister Theologiae) degree programs.

Open admission
Master of Education
Grammar/Comprehensive School
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (CEFR level C2)

Other language skills: Two foreign languages (modern languages on CEFR level A2 or qualification in Latin/Greek)

Proficiency certificate in Latin required, basic knowledge of Greek and Hebrew

Specific modules: 67 ECTS credits each for subject knowledge/subject didactics modules in the chosen school subjects (of which 3 ECTS credits each for subject didactics) | 24 ECTS credits for educational sciences (of which 3 ECTS credits for the topic of inclusion; aptitude and orientation internship as well as vocational internship) | Bachelor's thesis 7 ECTS credits

9 weeks internship, incl. 25 days at a school

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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