Information on course of study: Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) English (Master of Education)

Information on course of study: Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) English (Master of Education)

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Numbers and facts

Course of study name: Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) English (Master of Education)
Duration: 4 Semester
Academic degree: Master of Education
Language: German
Type of admission: Application/enrolment possible in the winter semester


With the four-semester Master of Education (Gymnasium), 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

This master's degree programme prepares students for a teaching position in Gymnasium schools. The Master of Education degree programmes at the University of Oldenburg are characterised by a practical relevance to schooling and application of current research methods. In practical courses and research, you will gain first-hand experience of school cultures and plan lessons independently.

Course structure and content

The standard period of study for the Master of Education (Gymnasium) is four semesters.

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

  • two teaching subjects in accordance with the Regulations on Master's Degrees for Teachers in Lower Saxony (MasterVO-Lehr) in the current version (30 credit points each),
  • According to the subject combination regulations of the MasterVO-Lehr, a teaching subject can be studied in accordance with the cooperation agreement with other universities if it is not part of the study program offered by the University of Oldenburg,
  • of educational sciences (18 credit points),
  • practical phase (15 credit points),
  • Master's thesis module (27 credit points)

Teaching and learning

During the master's degree programme you will learn how to conduct independent research with professional supervision. The modules 'Schul- und Unterrichtsforschung und ihre Forschungsmethoden' and practical teaching modules are an important part of this. In the practical phase, you will be supported by a strong network of experienced mentors from the schools.

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; special doctoral programme in teaching and learning research
  • Strength in supervision: Intensive supervision through a network of experienced mentors in the practical phase
Networking between teacher training phases with modules attended by students, trainee teachers and teachers, see current projects:

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)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

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

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)
  • In both subjects a total of at least 90 credit points in modules related to the teaching profession, of which at least 30 credit points per subject
  • for a subject combination with French, Geography or Spanish, at least 60 credit points in each of these subjects, of which at least 54 credit points are in the scientific component and at least 6 credit points in the didactics component.
  • A minimum of 12 credits in teaching-related educational sciences
  • Successfully completed general school internship and successfully completed extracurricular internship - totalling at least 8 weeks

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

Careers and areas of work

The Master of Education (Gymnasium) prepares students for a teaching position in secondary education. After the master's degree programme, you are required to enter teacher training (Referendariat) for a teaching position at a secondary school (Gymnasium).
Graduates can also work in private and religious schools, in private tutoring institutes or in schools in other countries. Completing the degree also qualifies students for PhD research.

Your contact persons

  • Academic Examinations Office
  • Contact form for students
  • Kleinschmidt-Schinke, Katrin
Fragen zum Studiengang/-fach
  • Gehring, Wolfgang
  • Student representatives of English and American Studies
  • Fachstudienberatung Anglistik, FSB
  • Student representatives of Teaching Degree Programme
Questions about studying
  • Beckmann, Antje
  • Griese, Nicole
  • Study and Career Counselling Service