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Civil Engineering (teacher training), B.Sc.

Program overview

The bachelor’s program Civil Engineering with teacher training is the first step towards acquiring the qualifications needed to teach this subject at vocational schools. The program teaches you the knowledge and skills of the fundamentals of civil engineering, teaching methodology, and educational science. In the technical component of the program, you will become familiar with different areas of civil engineering, such as structural physics, statics, building chemistry, building materials science, and structural design. This degree program teaches you how to prepare this subject content so that you can effectively teach it in schools. During the teacher training components of the degree program, you will learn about the conditions for learning and education and how to shape learning processes during a lesson. During a six-week professional development internship at a school, you will gain initial teaching experience as well as explore pedagogical-didactic issues.

The degree program can be selected as a core subject and is supplemented with a secondary subject at Freie Universität Berlin or Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Please note that this degree course is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a teaching degree in the future. It is not suitable if you are searching for a strictly technical degree course.

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

Admission requirements

Like every other bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to apply to the Civil Engineering program. 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 Civil Engineering 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.

In some exceptions, courses may be offered in English, and a knowledge of English is, therefore, useful. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

As this study program is significantly made up of engineering, mathematics, and physics-related content, you should have basic knowledge of these areas as well as an interest in pedagogical and technical issues. If you have taken these subjects as part of your Abitur, you will have an easier transition to this degree program, but they are not a formal prerequisite.

Program structure

The Civil Engineering program consists of technical and teacher training components, which are broken down as follows (LP = credit points):

- 90 LP in the core subject civil engineering (including the bachelor’s thesis valued at 10 LP)

- 60 LP in a secondary subject at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin

- 30 LP teacher training; these 30 credit points are further broken down as follows:

  • 11 LP education
  • 7 LP subject-specific teaching methodology in the core subject
  • 7 LP teaching methodology in the secondary subject
  • 5 LP German as a second language/language acquisition

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. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

The proposed course schedule for your other subject is available from the university at which you are studying your secondary subject.

Content and modules

The bachelor’s degree program in Civil Engineering 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.

To module database


The first school internship in the teacher training program is the professional development internship. It is part of the module “Educational Practice in Schools II” and is held for six weeks after the preparatory course during the lecture-free period in February/March. Generally, this is completed after the first semester.

During this professional development internship, you visit and get to know the school from various interdisciplinary perspectives by sitting in on classes. You observe, describe, and reflect on selected situations from school and lessons. You will also lead a lesson of your own, where you can assume the teacher’s perspective and observe students’ learning processes.

Students in this program must submit proof of a prevocational internship lasting 26 weeks by the time they register their bachelor’s thesis. This is not a formal component of the curriculum or schedule, which is why we strongly recommend completing a portion of this prevocational internship before beginning your studies. Vocational training and other practical activities already completed in companies can be recognized. Further framework conditions are laid out in the internship guidelines.

Stays abroad

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

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

Here you get general information about stays abroad.

Acquired skills

The bachelor’s degree program in Civil Engineering with teacher training combines a fundamental technical education and application-oriented modules from civil engineering with occupational science, particularly educational science and tailored teaching methodology. You gain comprehensive insight into the basic principles of civil engineering needed to continue didactic studies in this subject in a master’s program with the option of completing teacher training. In the educational science components, you will study concepts related to learning, education, and professional education. With this background in theory, you are able to observe and analyze professional teaching, learning, and development processes - particularly in lessons at vocational schools, training centers, and in other practical learning locations. Your approach to language acquisition, inclusion and heterogeneity will be both cross-cutting and interdisciplinary in special learning units.

After your studies

During teacher training studies in civil engineering, you will acquire technical skills as well as skills in education and teaching methodology. This multifaceted combination qualifies you to pursue a consecutive master’s program and is thus the first step towards later employment as a teacher of this subject at vocational schools. Furthermore, you will also be qualified to seek employment at other institutions of vocational training and continuing education.

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