The master’s degree program in Prevocational Education is a continuation of the same-titled bachelor’s degree. In the master’s program, you learn how to teach content from your subject combination to students at vocational schools. In addition to continuing your studies in your chosen subjects, you also further develop your knowledge of educational sciences, teaching methodology, and language acquisition/German as a second language. The subject-didactic aspects of your studies consolidate your abilities to plan, teach and reflect upon lessons and introduce you to aspects of subject-didactic teaching research. The educational science sections of the program allow you to acquire interdisciplinary skills from the areas of the psychology of learning and educational diagnostics. The practical semester, which always takes place during the third degree semester, is key. During this semester, you observe and analyze the practical requirements upon which you base your own initial supervised lessons.
This master’s degree program with prevocational education as a core subject must be supplemented with a secondary subject at Freie Universität Berlin or Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
|Degree||Master of Education|
|Standard period of study||4 semesters|
|Program start||Winter semester|
|Language of instruction||German|
Every master's degree program at TU Berlin requires applicants to possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. The prerequisite for admission to the master’s program Prevocational Education as a core subject is a teacher training bachelor’s degree in this subject.
The master’s program Prevocational Education as a core subject 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 program addresses complex interdisciplinary issues. It is advantageous to be independent as well as a self-starter as you will often work autonomously.
You must complete a total of 120 credit points (LP). This includes 58 LP from modules in the core subjects, 42 LP from modules in the secondary subject, and 15 LP for the master’s thesis. 5 LP are completed through electives. The focus of the master’s program is on educational and technical study areas.
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.
The curriculum of this 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.
To module database
The practical semester is a fixed component of the teacher training master’s program and is traditionally completed during the third degree semester. 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 other information can also be found on the School of Education website.
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.
The master’s program in Prevocational Education as a core subject teaches professional skills to prepare you to work in educational institutions.
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 assess 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. 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.
You will deepen your scientific knowledge in the fields of work and career, economics, technology and nutrition.
The master’s program in Prevocational Education as a core subject qualifies you for future employment as a teacher of economics-labor-technology. As a graduate, you fulfill the university prerequisite for admission to student teaching (Refendariat), after which you work as a teacher at a school.
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