The subject of German in the Master of Education degree program offers a broad education in German studies and a balanced content mix between methodology/theory, linguistics, literature, cultural studies and media history. Students deepen their knowledge of central areas of German linguistics while giving close consideration to modern research questions and analytical processes.   Another key part of this degree program is exploring theoretical concepts from the areas of literature and media studies as well as questions of literary history.

The Master of Education degree program systematically expands on the knowledge and competencies acquired in the bachelor’s degree program, but with a stronger emphasis on subject didactics and practical school matters (as opposed to subject-specific research). In modules on subject didactics, students learn about teaching German as a school subject and deepen their theoretical and methodological knowledge of didactics.

In teaching degree programs for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to German, 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 possible lines of work, please refer to the German Language and Literature (MA) program.

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 in the subject knowledge/subject didactics modules in the chosen school subjects (with 3 ECTS credits each in subject didactics) | 24 ECTS credits in educational sciences (with 3 ECTS credits in 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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