Master of Education


Mathematics is a structural science; as such, its goal in this Master of Education degree program is to prove statements about mathematical objects and structures according to the principles of logic and to construct and refine mathematical theories. Such theories should be described so generally that the results can be applied to as many real situations as possible. Students are involved with current research topics in mathematics from the areas of arithmetic, geometry, algebra, mathematical analysis, probability and statistics, linear algebra and mathematical modeling.

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. Learning the didactic aspects of the knowledge-based topics, students can also deepen their own understanding of these topics. Students are introduced to a broad range of possibilities as to how mathematical proofs can be conducted, how problems can be varied, and how school students can discover how to learn math. In order to adequately address heterogeneity among school students, topics such as differences in basic mathematical preconceptions, creativity and giftedness, and dyscalculia are explored as well as their effects on instruction.

In teaching degree programs designed for grammar and comprehensive schools, students choose two school subjects. Thus, in addition to Mathematics, 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 Mathematics (MSc) degree program.

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 (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 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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