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Teacher training at vocational schools for specialized bachelor's degree (M. Ed.)

At vocational schools, there has been a structural undersupply of teachers in various subject areas for years. The master's degree in teaching at vocational schools for bachelor's degree students is therefore aimed at people who have already completed their studies (bachelor's degree, master's degree or diploma) in the following subjects

  • Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing Science (from winter semester 2021/22)
  • Social Pedagogy

have graduated and want to qualify for the teaching profession at vocational schools.

Study program and degree

The standard period of study is four semesters and the program ends with the academic degree Master of Education (M. Ed.).

The master's program is structured as follows

  • into the Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik (VET),
  • the didactics of the vocational specialization,
  • a general education subject,
  • a school internship in the professional specialty and in the general education subject as well as
  • Masterarbeit (master thesis).

With the master's degree, graduates are qualified to enter the preparatory service for the teaching profession at vocational schools, combined with a career authorization for the secondary level II.

Subject combinations

Prospective students can combine their professional specialization with seven teaching subjects: German, English, Protestant Religion, Computer Science, Catholic Religion, Islamic Religion, Mathematics or Physics.

Working fields

Electrical and metal engineering

Teachers with a vocational specialization in electrical or metal technology are employed not only at vocational schools, but also at vocational colleges, technical colleges, vocational high schools or even technical colleges. The largest type of vocational school is the vocational school, which, together with the training company, leads to completed vocational training in the dual system.

Nursing science

Teachers with the vocational specialization of nursing science primarily train nursing trainees in accordance with the old and new training and examination regulations in private vocational schools (nursing schools) and in state-organized vocational schools. In addition, they can teach in particular in the state schools in different school types, such as in the vocational high school or in other training professions in the health care sector. Likewise, it is possible to join as a lecturer in dual nursing studies or to work in further and continuing education.

Social Pedagogy

Teachers with the vocational specialization of social pedagogy primarily teach trainees in occupations whose training is organized on a full-time school basis, such as social assistants at vocational schools as well as curative education nurses and educators at technical schools.

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In addition to working in the school service, the degree also opens up activities in areas such as academia, educational and vocational guidance, educational and vocational management, or educational and vocational policy.

Access requirements

Electrical and metal engineering

Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma degree in electrical or mechanical engineering or a comparable field of study.

Nursing science

Bachelor's, master's or diploma degree in nursing science or a comparable field of study with a nursing science component of 120 credit points including a bachelor's thesis, including at least 75 credit points in nursing science, at least 15 credit points in basic health sciences, at least 15 credit points in basic medical and natural sciences, and at least 15 credit points in other related sciences from the humanities and social sciences.

Social pedagogy

Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma degree in Social Pedagogy or a comparable field of study with a social pedagogical component of 120 credit points in the areas of theories and concepts of social pedagogy and other related sciences as well as fields of work, organization, methods of action and addressees of social pedagogy, including Bachelor's thesis.

In all specializations, vocational and business pedagogical and/or (subject) didactic competences amounting to 15 credit points must also be proven. The proof must be provided by the completion of the master's program. In addition to the recognition of study and examination achievements, relevant knowledge and skills acquired outside the university can be recognized. Use the following form to provide proof of professional and economic and/or (subject) didactic competencies.

Antrag auf Anerkennung von Leistungen auf die Auflage zum Nachweis von berufspädagogischen und/oder (fach-) didaktischen Leistungen

Practical work experience

The ordinance for master's degrees for teaching positions in Lower Saxony requires proof of practical professional activities. For both professional specializations, either a completed relevant professional training or further practical professional activities must be proven.


Further information

Study program structure

Information about the regular study structure, the study parts and courses of the VET in the Master.

Student Advisory Service

Clarifies your questions about studying VET. For example, about individual modules, the recognition of prior achievements or examinations.

Stud.IP-Gruppe für Studierende

Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen

Informationen zum Vorbereitungsdienst