M.Ed. Teaching and Learning Processes

M.Ed. Teaching and Learning Processes

Quick facts
ProgrammeTeaching and Learning Processes
Degree awardedMaster of Education (M.Ed.)
Duration4 semesters
Starts inApril (summer semester)
and October (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman

About the programme

The M.Ed. Teaching and Learning Processes provides you with the access requirements for the First State Examination for teachers, which qualifies you to teach at state-run schools in Germany and opens up a large number of non-school career paths.

In addition, you receive top-notch training in the education sciences, qualifying you for high-powered roles in the school sector as your career progresses. As a graduate of this programme you may also proceed with doctoral study in the education sciences and in the didactics subjects.


  • greater teaching competence: a significantly increased pedagogy and psychology component compared to the conventional secondary-school Realschule-track teacher training curriculum
  • an international teaching degree: the Master of Education is widely recognised abroad
  • excellent staff-student ratio in the Secondary School Education (Realschule) unit

Who should study this Master's programme?

This Master's degree is ideal for those graduating from the Bachelor of Education programme offered by the University or one of the long-cycle teacher training programmes concluding with a state examination.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme is divided into three module groups and includes a dissertation:

A) Education Sciences (50 ECTS credits)
B) Teaching subjects (10 ECTS credits)
C) Two didactics subjects (10 or 20 ECTS credits)

A) This group consists primarily of pedagogy and general didactics modules, which impart advanced pedagogical and methodological expertise and enable students to carry out independent pedagogical and didactic research.

B) This group expands on the expertise gained in a specific area of the relevant academic subject in a prior degree programme (e.g. the Bachelor of Education).

C) This module group builds upon the foundation in didactics established in the prior programme (in the didactics subject accounting for 10 ECTS credits) and opens up a new didactics subject, which is then consolidated and further extended in the consolidation and advanced modules. The methodologies of each didactics subject enable students to conduct their own planning, implementation and analysis of teaching periods.

The thesis (30 ECTS credits) is a part of module group A or C.

Academic entry requirements

Applicants should have a prior teaching degree with a result of of 2.7 according to the German marking system, or an equivalent foreign qualification. The application deadlines are 15 January for the April intake and 30 June for the October intake.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level C1 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.