The subject of History in the Master of Education degree program focuses on the methodological exploration of historical events, persons, objects, structures and processes, familiarizing students with the questions, methods, theories and approaches of historical research. Students acquire expert knowledge of central aspects of the three great historical epochs: antiquity, the Middle Ages and the modern era. Furthermore, they acquire the methodological and theoretical competences needed to work with relics of the past. At the heart of the program is students’ work with historical sources, verifying their authenticity as well as analyzing and interpreting their significance.

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. Through didactic modules, students develop the ability to transform specialized questions and research results into relatable history lessons. Starting with characteristic topics for school lesson series, students learn about the overarching principles of dealing with historical objects. On this basis, students discuss different approaches to learning and teaching history as well as their practical application in the classroom.

In teaching degree programs for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to History, 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 History (MA) degree 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)

Basic Latin certificate is required

Specific modules: 67 ECTS credits each in subject knowledge/subject didactics modules of the chosen school subjects (with 3 ECTS credits each in subject didactics) | 24 ECTS credits in educational sciences (with 3 ECTS credits on 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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