The subject of English in the Master of Education program has a geographical focus on Great Britain, North America and the post-colonial world. As part of its interdisciplinary focus, this degree program includes in-depth coverage of language, literature and culture and also addresses questions from the areas of history, philosophy, politics and media studies. The degree program’s main academic content focus is on English linguistics and communication, North American studies as well as British and post-colonial literary and cultural studies.

While students in the bachelor's degree program focus on gaining subject-specific knowledge, the Master of Education degree program puts a stronger emphasis on educational sciences and subject didactics. The modules on subject didactics cover didactic theories, strategies and methods of teaching English. Students gather expertise in active learning methods as well as approaches and teaching techniques from the areas of language didactics, literary and cultural didactics as well as media didactics.

In teaching degree programs for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to English, students are enrolled for a second subject as well as educational sciences.

The practical semester is a key component of the degree program.

Possible lines of work: 

Teaching at schools

For other potential lines of work please refer to the English Literatures and Cultures (M. A.) and Applied Linguistics (M. A.) degree programs.

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

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

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

German language proficiency (DSH level 3, CEFR level C2, as per DSH exam. regulations)

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

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

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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