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Prevocational Education (secondary subject) (teacher training), M.Ed.

Program overview

The master’s degree program in Prevocational Education as a secondary subject 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 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 degree program with Prevocational Education selected as a secondary subject must be studied in combination with a core subject at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Berlin University of the Arts.

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 prerequisite for admission to the master’s program Prevocational Education as a secondary subject is a teacher training bachelor’s degree in this subject.

The master’s program Prevocational Education as a secondary 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.

Program structure

You must complete a total of 42 credit points (LP). The focus of the master’s program is on technical study areas.

A proposed course schedule offers 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 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.

Study and examination regulations:

Content and modules

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. The university where you are studying your core subject is responsible for coordinating your internship placement. 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 is either available from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin or Berlin University of the Arts, depending on where you are studying your core subject.

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.

Acquired skills

The master’s program in Prevocational Education as a secondary 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.

After your studies

The master’s program in Prevocational Education as a secondary 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.

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