Facts and Data

  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Education
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Physics - Master of Education Programme (Vocational and Business Education)

With the four-semester Master of Education (Vocational and Business Education), you will continue your education to become a teacher - building on the dual-subject bachelor's degree programme. In the school-type based Master of Education programme, you will acquire extensive knowledge and experience in both educational science and school practice. You will broaden your curricular knowledge in the teaching subjects chosen.

Orientation and Goals

The Master of Education (Business education) qualifies graduates for a teaching position at vocational schools. The programme addresses current research methods with specific links to school practice. During the practical training, you will gain practical experience in schools and plan your own lessons.

    Study Design and Contents

    The standard period of study for the Master of Education (Vocational and Business Education) is four semesters.

    The master's program, which consists of 120 credit points, is divided into the following studies:

    • Vocational and business education (27 credit points)
    • a teaching subject in accordance with the Regulations on Master's Degrees for Teachers in Lower Saxony (MasterVO-Lehr) in the current version (45 credit points)
    • educational sciences (12 credit points)
    • practical phase (12 credit points)
    • Master's thesis module (24 credit points)

      Teaching and Learning

      The modes of instruction and learning in this degree programme will teach you how to conduct independent academic research with professional supervision.

        Reasons for Studying

        • Strength in education: Over 40% of students at the University of Oldenburg are studying for a teaching degree
        • Strength in research: Final papers can be integrated into research projects in the research focus teaching, learning and qualification research; there are options for the funding of student research projects and PhD opportunities via the Anna-Magull Foundation
        • Strength in mentoring: In practical courses and seminars

          Foreign Language Skills

          In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

          German Language Proficiency
          • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2) or
          • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

          English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
          • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B1 or
          • if applicants are native speaker or they have university entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English

          The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possibilities see: Language requirements

            Careers and Areas of Employment

            The Master of Education (Business education) degree programme prepares students for a teaching position. After the master's degree programme, you are required to enter teacher training (Referendariat) for a teaching position.
            The degree programme is also excellent preparation for teaching positions in companies, non-state training and development institutions, personnel development, training, HR and knowledge management.
            In addition, graduates can also work in vocational education research at universities, government research institutes, local government and private vocational education research and development institutes.

              Target Group/Admission Requirements

              • A bachelor's degree or a similar qualification in the subjects for which admission to the master's degree programme is applied for
              • Combination of subjects according to the current  Regulations for Master’s Degrees for teachers in Lower Saxony (Nds. MasterVO-Lehr)
              • At least 66 credit points in economics, of which at least 5 credit points in didactics/teaching
              • At least 12 credit points in the teaching subject, of which at least 5 credit points in didactics/teaching
              • For a subject combination with French or Spanish, at least 30 credit points in each of these subjects, of which at least 24 credit points are in the scientific component and at least 6 credit points in the didactics component.
              • At least 18 credit points in vocational and business education
              • Successfully completed practical training in a school
              • You must provide evidence of English language proficiency

              The minimum requirements for English language proficiency are:

              • School reports: Proof of English study at school for four years or three years, if studied as part of a university entry qualification. At least the German grade 4 (ausreichend, sufficient) or 5 in the last two years of language classes. Alternatively:
              • Proof of language skills:  Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

              Note for external applicants (Bachelor's degree from a university other than the University of Oldenburg):

              • at least 180 credits according to the grade certificate at the time of application
              • with less than 180 credits, the sum of Bachelor's credits still missing and requirements determined may not exceed 30 credits
              For more details see Foreign language skills on this page.

                Application/Admission Procedures

                The prerequisites above apply to the application.
                This is an open admissions degree course. Application is only possible in the winter semester for 1st and higher semester.
                The application deadline for the winter semester is 15th August.

                Only for higher semester: The application deadline for the summer semester is 15th February

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