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Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Q-Master ET/IT, teacher training), M.Ed.

Program overview

The lateral entry master’s program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Q-Master ET/IT) prepares you to teach electrical engineering and information technology at vocational schools. It allows individuals who have studied electrical engineering or a similar subject at a university or university of applied sciences to pursue a Masters of Education without having to complete a bachelor’s degree with teacher training first. This lateral entry master’s program focuses on education and teaching methodology in order to prepare you for later work as a teacher at a vocational school.

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.


DegreeMaster of Education
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. A formal requirement for admission is a first university degree in electrical engineering or a related subject field.

In order to register the master’s thesis, you must provide proof of an additional 48 credit points (LP) in information technology in accordance with the study and examination regulations. When you begin your studies, the responsible examination board will use the documents you provided to determine whether your previous academic work in information technology meets the qualification needed for admission. If this is not the case, you will be required to complete additional coursework and credit points in addition to the 120 LP already in the curriculum.

The lateral entry Electrical Engineering and Information Technology master’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.

The master’s program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology addresses complex interdisciplinary issues. You should possess an interest in and understanding of teaching methodology and education. It is advantageous to be independent as well as a self-starter as you will often work autonomously.


Program structure

The lateral entry master's program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology teaches knowledge and skills in the subject area, teaching methodology, and the educational sciences. Additional focus is also placed on language acquisition/German as a second language, inclusion, and how to deal with heterogeneity.

Teaching methodology, education, and language acquisition/German as a second language encompass 88 LP. Students also complete a specialization in information technology with 12 LP. The curriculum also includes an elective unit with 5 LP and the master’s thesis with15 LP.

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 four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. In order to participate in the practical semester in the third course semester, you must complete modules in the first and second course semesters.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.



Content and modules

The lateral entry master’s degree program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology consists of modules which combine curriculum content on a specific 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.


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Internships

Students in this program must submit proof of a prevocational internship lasting 26 weeks by the time they register their final 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.

The practical semester is a fixed component of the teacher training master’s course and is generally completed at a school during the third course semester of the Master of Education. During the practical semester you have an opportunity to apply what you have learned at university to real-life scenarios in schools and lessons. Additionally, you have the opportunity to test yourself as a teacher and to gain a scientific understanding of schooling and teaching for the purposes of research-based learning. The School of Education and the school where you complete the internship will provide you with consistent support in your professional development and orientation for student teaching. The practical semester begins 1 September every year and ends 31 January.

All further information about the practical semester is available on the TU Berlin School of Education website.


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. General information about stays abroad is available on the TU Berlin Office of International Affairs’ webpages.


Acquired skills

The skills you acquire in the lateral entry Electrical Engineering and Information Technology master’s program form the foundation for student teaching (Refendariat) at vocational schools or for other pedagogical work. Inclusion and heterogeneous learning groups play an important role in your future pedagogical and teaching responsibilities. As a graduate, you possess not only knowledge of the social, cultural, and gender-related conditions of teaching and learning but are also able to apply rehearsed processes of pedagogical diagnostics to heterogeneous learning groups. Your flexible range of skills enables you to professionally react and respond to events and changes. You are able to extrapolate and apply theoretical principles of teaching and learning in schools. Further, you possess the research and methodological skills required to plan and implement an evaluation of the lesson and school.

After your studies

The lateral entry master’s degree program with the combination of Electrical Engineering (core subject) and Information Technology (secondary subject) qualifies you for vocational work and teaching at school.

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 – Graduate Admissions

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Overview of service and advising offers for teacher training studies