The bachelor’s program Mechanical 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 mechanical engineering, teaching methodology, and educational science. The technical component of the curriculum covers topic areas such as mechanics, materials science, processes in production, construction, and regulation technology. In interdisciplinary projects you will have an opportunity to create materials for use in lessons. 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 TU Berlin (automotive engineering) or 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.
|Degree||Bachelor of Science|
|Standard period of study||6 semesters|
|Program start||Winter semester|
|Language of instruction||German|
Like every other bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to apply to the Mechanical 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 Mechanical 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 natural science and technical 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 requirement for admission.
The Mechanical Engineering program consists of technical and teacher training components, which are broken down as follows (LP = credit points):
- 90 LP in the core subject mechanical engineering (including the bachelor’s thesis valued at 10 LP)
- 60 LP in a secondary subject at TU, HU, or FU Berlin
- 30 LP teacher training; these 30 credit points are further broken down as follows:
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. If your secondary subject is also offered by TU Berlin, you can find the proposed course schedule in the respective study and examination regulations.
The bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical 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. Traditionally, 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 life 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.
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.
This bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical Engineering teaches you technical and pedagogical fundamentals and comprehensive concepts related to learning, education, and professional training in vocational schools, training centers, and in other practical learning locations. As a graduate, you will be capable of independent scientific work, critical thinking, and acting with social responsibility in different pedagogical spheres. Your approach to language acquisition, inclusion and heterogeneity will be both cross-cutting and interdisciplinary in special learning units.
During teacher training studies in Mechanical 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.
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