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Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics (Q-Master, teacher training), M.Ed.

Program overview

The lateral entry master’s program in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics (Q-Master) prepares you to teach these subjects at vocational schools. It allows individuals who have studied mechanical engineering or a similar subject at a university or university of applied sciences to pursue a lateral entry Masters of Education without having to complete a bachelor’s degree with teacher training first.

The curriculum of this master's program is focused on education and technical teaching methodology. In the technical component of this program with math as a secondary subject, you will further your fundamental understanding of math in engineering and acquire additional technical skills and knowledge.

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

Admission requirements

Every master's degree program at TU Berlin requires applicants to possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. The admissions requirement for the lateral entry master’s program in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics is a first university degree with at least 180 credit points. At least 120 credit points must have been dedicated to technical content within the subject profile of vocational mechanical engineering in accordance with the “Joint Federal State Requirements for Technical Science and Teaching in Teacher Education” (Resolution of the Kultusministerkonferenz from 16.10.2008 in the most recent version).

To be admitted to the lateral entry master’s program, applicants must possess the technical knowledge required in math as a secondary subject. If you do not yet possess this knowledge at the beginning of your studies, you have the opportunity to acquire it during your master's studies and provide proof thereof by the time you register your master's thesis. This must amount to 20 credit points. The skills must be equivalent to the learning outcomes and content of the TU Berlin modules “Analysis I and Linear Algebra for Engineering” and “Analysis II for Engineering”.

When you begin your studies, the responsible Examination Board will use the documents you provided to determine whether your previous academic work in mathematics 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.

This 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.

This master’s program addresses complex interdisciplinary issues. You should possess an interest in and understanding of teaching methodology, education, and mathematics. 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 Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics teaches knowledge and skills in the chosen subjects, 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 80 LP. Students also complete a specialization in mathematics with 25 LP. The study program also includes a master’s thesis worth 15 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’s an example of which modules to take in which semesters. In order to participate in the practical semester in the third degree semester, you must complete modules in the first and second degree semesters.

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

Content and modules

The degree program is modular in design. 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.

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You must submit proof of a prevocational internship lasting 26 weeks by the time you register your 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. Further framework conditions are laid out in the internship guidelines.

The practical semester is a fixed component of the teacher training master’s program and is completed at a school during the third degree 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

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.

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

Acquired skills

During your studies you will learn fundamental professional skills required of teachers at vocational schools. Under guidance, you will be able to plan, teach and reflect upon lessons in a way that is appropriate for the target group, while gaining an understanding of extra-curricular requirements for teachers. You will be able to combine theories and concepts of scientific disciplines, teaching methodology, educational science, and language acquisition/German as a second language and draw upon these for the diagnosis of learning conditions, designing teaching-learning opportunities and for assessing learning outcomes in concrete practical teaching contexts. You will consider different aspects of diversity (including migration, gender, disability, sexual orientation) and strategies for dealing with heterogeneity. You will also be able to apply central principles of learning through research to practical contexts in schools and reflect on your competences and develop these as needed. Upon completion of your degree, you will be equipped with advanced social and communication skills and self-competence as well as advanced skills in the field of gender and diversity. As a graduate you will be familiar with the principles of scientific work and be able to communicate with different actors in the context of school and education.

After your studies

The skills you acquire in this lateral entry master’s program form the foundation for student teaching (Refendariat) at vocational schools or for other pedagogical work.

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