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Teaching Qualification: Mittelschule

Program structure

Mittelschule teaching degree: A teaching subject is combined with a combination of three didactics subjects and the subject elementary school pedagogy and didactics. In addition, the course of study is supplemented by the study of educational science.

Accordingly, the following subject combination results:

  • 1 teaching subject
  • 3 didactics subjects
  • Educational science studies

Which subject combinations you can choose when studying to become a teacher at elementary schools can be found in the lists of possible combinations.

Special features

A stay abroad is recommended and can be integrated well into the course of study. Partial compatibility with the B.A. programs in English Linguistics, British Studies, and American Studies provides the opportunity for a double degree in Teaching Qualification/B.A. with many major and minor subject combinations.


The study program for Teacher Training English comprises the areas of language practice, linguistics, literary and cultural studies (both British and American studies) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Linguistics deals with the understanding of the structures and developments of the English language. Literature and cultural studies critically examine the literatures and cultures of the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America, and other English-speaking countries.

The basic qualifications acquired in the core modules are expanded and consolidated in the intermediate and advanced modules. The TEFL module pays specific attention to skills and knowledge of lesson design and didactics.

All teacher training programs include classes in educational science.

Professional prospects / competencies

Teaching English at secondary school (Mittelschule)

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

In accordance with the examination regulations for teaching I (LPO I), §§ 34, 36 and 38, the following teaching practices are to be completed:

  •  Occupational internship
  •  Orientation internship
  •  Pedagogic-didactic teaching practice
  •  Teaching practice accompanying studies

Disciplines involved

English Linguistics, British Studies, American Studies, Didactics of English

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 7 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

210 ECTS credits overall;
comprising 54 ECTS credits in the teaching subject, 12 ECTS credits in subject didactics, 70 ECTS credits in the didactics of a subject group in school type mittelschule, 35 ECTS credits in education, 10 ECTS credits in the thesis, 15 ECTS credits in the elective area, 6 ECTS credits teaching practice, and a further 8 ECTS credits in education.

Language of instruction

English, individual courses in German

Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester

What qualities do I need to have?

  • Good communication skills and ability to express yourself
  • Interest in other cultures
  • Interest in academic content
  • Willingness to read and write a lot
  • Willingness to deal with abstract problems and the ability to work independently
  • Very good English language skills
  • Knowledge of Latin or a Romance language at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) or the willingness to acquire these language skills during your studies

Restricted admittance

No, this program is does not have restricted admission based on grades.

Legal requirements for admission

Prerequisite is the general university entrance qualification, the subject-related university entrance qualification or a professional qualification.

Application deadline(s)

Information for international applicants

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Language skills needed

The following language skills must be demonstrated at the latest when registering for the state examination:
Knowledge of Latin or knowledge at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in a Romance foreign language.
This knowledge can also be acquired during the course of study. Corresponding courses are offered through the Study Accompanying Foreign Language Education (SFA).

Information regarding German language proficency for international applicants

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on the application documents for international applicants

Contact within the faculty

Program coordination and academic counseling

Gabriele Mödl, M.A.

Claudia Trotzke, M.A.

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