Faculty of Modern LanguagesEnglish – Degree Programme Component in the Master of Education Vocational Teaching Profession

English studies is dedicated to the investigation of the English language, literature and culture in their various present-day forms and in their historical development.

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Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Education
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureProcedure for the Master of Education degree programme for vocational school educators
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes
Can be completed entirely in EnglishYes
International degree programYes

Course Content

The objective of the English language studies component of this degree programme is to expand and strengthen the fundamental methodological and specialised knowledge that has been acquired as part of a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies as well as to provide practice in research-based learning.  

The eighteen credits in specialised education provided by the degree programme are divided equally between the areas of English-language literature and English linguistics. On the basis of relevant theory and methodology, a range of pertinent research-related academic topics and current research studies will be studied and discussed, both orally and in writing.  

The didactic portion of the degree programme (comprising twelve credits) lays out and expands fundamental knowledge in the areas of bilingual instruction and learning, intercultural learning, language work, use of media in the classroom, and basics of school organisation. In addition, the interplay between English-language studies, didactics, and pedagogy will be examined and reflected upon.

Course Structure

During the first semester, attendance at a major seminar in either linguistics or literature will build on the knowledge attained during the Bachelor’s degree, while, in the same semester, students will attend an introductory seminar in specialised didactics. In the second semester, the Blended Module will be added, consisting of a course offered by the Heidelberg University of Education: “Task-Supported Language Learning and Teaching” along with a complementary major seminar. Following the practical semester (third semester), students will enrol (in the same semester) in the block course “Specialised Didactics 3,” which focusses on reflection of school practices from an English-language didactical perspective. The Master's thesis will be written during the fourth semester. 

The English degree programme component concludes with a 40-minute oral examination on topics from English or American linguistics and literature.