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  • Grund: M.Ed. Grundschule
  • Haupt/Real: M.Ed. Hauptschule and Realschule
  • Gym: M.Ed. Gymnasium
  • SoPäd: M.Ed. Special Needs Education
  • WiPäd: M.Ed. Vocational and Business Education


  • * = English Studies (English) as a core subject has new regulations, see explanation (in German)
  • = core subject, see explanation
  • = potential combination subject 
  • (Koop) = cooperation subject with the University of Bremen, see explanation

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Teaching careers with Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees

At the start, you will study a Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme with two school subjects for three years. After gaining your Bachelor's degree you will study a Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programme for two years.

The Master's degree is a prerequisite for teacher training (Referendariat). On successfully completing your teacher training and passing the second state examination, you will be qualified to teach in schools.

Please note: In the Dual-Subject Bachelor’s Programme, you will already need to choose specific subject combinations for your chosen school type. For an overview, refer to the following table.

Download: Requirements for subject combinations [pdf] (Fächerkombinationen) 

Subject in dual-subject Bachelor's degree Subject in Master of Education programme Career in teaching: chosen school type
Grund Haupt/Real Gym SoPäd WiPäd
English Studies English               
Biology Biology         
Protestant Theology and Religious Education Protestant Theology and Religious Education               
German Studies German               
General Education General Studies      
Art and Media Art            
Material Culture: Textiles Textile Design         
Music Music            
Chemistry Chemistry            
Elementary Mathematics Elementary Mathematics         
Social Studies Politics         
Economics and Business Administration Economics and Business Administration   
Geography (in cooperation with the University of Bremen) Geography (in cooperation with the University of Bremen)      
History History            
Computing Science Computing Science         
Mathematics Mathematics      
Dutch Linguistics and Literary Studies Dutch         
Philosophy/Values and Norms Values and Norms            
Philosophy/Values and Norms Philosophy   
Physics Physics            
Slavic Studies Russian   
Special Needs Education Special Needs Education      
Sport Science Sports               
Technology Technology      
Economic Education Economic Education      
Politics and Economics Politics and Economics   
Franco-Romance Studies (in cooperation with the University of Bremen) Franco-Romance Studies (in cooperation with the University of Bremen)      
Hispanic Studies (in cooperation with the University of Bremen) Spanish (in cooperation with the University of Bremen)      

Further notes

Core subject

One of the core subjects must be chosen in the degree programme and combined with an additional subject. Two core subjects may also be combined.

Cooperation subject

These subjects can be studied in cooperation with the University of Bremen. The area of specialization and practical training modules are followed at the University of Oldenburg. Applications are processed by the University of Oldenburg.


Combination of subjects

For the school type Gymnasium, the subjects biology and chemistry may be combined as an exception to the subject combination regulations.

Other exceptions may be approved in individual single cases. More information is available from NLQ.

Currently (as of 07/2021), exemptions are granted for the subject of Computer Science for the Hauptschule and Realschule school types and for the subjects of Chemistry and Computer Science for the Gymnasium school type.
Please use the following form:

Exemption of a subject combination for teaching degree [docx]

First subject

For special needs education, Special Needs Education must be the first subject. For business education, Economics must be the first subject. 

(Changed: 03 Feb 2023)  |