Technische Universität Berlin
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Prevocational Education (secondary subject) (teacher training), B.Sc.

Program overview

The bachelor’s program Prevocational Education with teacher training as a secondary subject is the first step towards acquiring the qualifications needed to teach Economy-Work-Technology (Wirtschaft-Arbeit-Technik, WAT) atSekundarstufe I.

This degree program focuses on human labor, particularly gainful employment and domestic work. Students in this program are taught an integrated combination of technical content and pedagogical skills in the areas of economics, technology, and housework. The study subject prevocational education and the school subject economy-work-technology thus promote the development of everyday skills for life management and design. The curriculum places particular importance on action-oriented methods and training in prevocational teaching workshops.

This degree program can be taken with Prevocational Education selected as a secondary subject, while a core subject is studied at Freie Universität Berlin or Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

DegreeBachelor of Science
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credit points180
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

Every bachelor's degree program at TU Berlin requires applicants to possess a university entrance qualification certificate. Generally, the Abitur serves as the university entrance qualification certificate. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to study at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications.

The Prevocational Education bachelor’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission.

As this study program is significantly made up of technical, economic, and work-related content, you should have basic knowledge of these areas as well as be interested in pedagogical and technical issues.

Program structure

The Prevocational Education program consists of technical and teacher training components totaling 67 credit points (LP), which are broken down as follows:

   60 LP technical content

   7 LP teaching methodology

Students are also required to complete credits in their core subject.

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program.

This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of six semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies. Please note that some courses and modules are consecutive, meaning they have to be taken after each other.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations.

Content and modules

The bachelor’s degree program Prevocational Education consists of various modules. A module combines curriculum content relating to a certain topic. A module includes various study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module. You can find a module list which offers a current overview of all the modules in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). In the MTS you have an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more. The module list is based on the study and exam regulations. The most current version of these regulations applies to new students.

To module database

Internships

The degree program includes a six-week development internship at a school completed within your core subject.

Before taking up a position as a teacher, you should experience the mental and physical demands of regular work to gain insight into operational service processes and functions, work organization, hierarchies, and internal and external customer relationships. You must complete and submit proof of a full-time internship totaling at least eight weeks, in which you gained experience in these areas. To ensure a consistent work experience, internships must last at least two weeks, which can be completed in different organizations either partially or fully before beginning your studies. Relevant activities are generally recognized. These include completed vocational training, practical components of a discontinued vocational training, and internships abroad. You must submit proof that you have completed the prevocational internship by the end of the fourth semester. You can find information about the guidelines and regulations for the prevocational internship in the info sheet provided on Berlin School of Education (SETUB) website.

All other information can also be found on the School of Education website. 

Stays abroad

Some parts of the curriculum can be completed abroad. The topic of internationalization is becoming increasingly important to teacher training students. A stay abroad during your studies provides you with valuable experiences to draw upon for your subsequent work with a heterogeneous student body in our transcultural society. Knowledge of other educational systems and approaches allows you to view your own school system from other perspectives and develop a broader understanding of its distinctive features.

You can learn about opportunities for teacher training students on the School of Education website.


Acquired skills

Upon completion of your degree in Prevocational Education as a secondary subject, you will be able to apply subject-didactic concepts from economics, technology and domestic work to the central activities of a WAT teacher and introduce job-related methodological and media skills. You will be capable of independent scientific work, critical thinking, and acting with social responsibility. Your approach to inclusion and heterogeneity will be both cross-cutting and interdisciplinary.

After your studies

The bachelor’s program Prevocational Education with teacher training is the first step towards acquiring the qualifications needed to teach Economy-Work-Technology (Wirtschaft-Arbeit-Technik, WAT) at Sekundarstufe I. In order to teach at integrated secondary schools and Gymnasien, you must also complete a master’s program in Prevocational Training as well as student teaching.

Bachelor’s graduates are particularly able to find work at non-school educational institutions in fields such as career and academic orientation, nutritional and consumer education, and education for sustainable development.


Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Undergraduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Overview of service and advising offers for teacher training studies