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German Studies as subject in the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools

German Studies as subject in the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools
(Master of Education)

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© Mandy Dröscher-Teille/LUH


Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

A school internship and a further internship (in a company, a social institution, a sports club, etc.) for at least four weeks must have been completed (compulsory).

Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject German Studies is offered as one of two subjects within the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools.

The knowledge and skills acquired on the Bachelor’s degree programme are expanded on and developed. In addition, emphasis is placed on specialist training for teaching at grammar schools.

The Practical Training module prepares students for teaching the subject of German and broaches the issue of fundamental experiences with regard to the teaching of specialised subject content. Students acquire a sound knowledge of positions relating to teaching the subject and structuring approaches, and are able to represent them in a substantiated manner and develop target prospects for their lessons. During practical training at school, students get a first idea of the demands placed on the teaching profession. In the process, they should acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills required to plan, deliver and assess subject teaching.

In addition to practical training, the teaching skills gained are expanded on from an academic perspective. The specialist knowledge gained at the Bachelor’s stage is also expanded on in follow-up seminars. In this respect, care is taken to achieve a balance between linguistic and literature content, also taking into account the fact that not all students on the programme intend to become school teachers after graduating.

This period of intensification may then lead to a Master’s thesis with a focus on the subject discipline or teaching methodologies, which can be taken in either the first or second subject.

Further information on the website of the programme German Studies (German language only)

Course Content

  • Genre-specific textual analysis
  • German as a second and foreign language, and as the language of education
  • Grammar
  • Language acquisition and the psychology of language
  • Language in society and the media
  • Linguistic change and the history of language
  • Literary history
  • Project work
  • Specialised didactics
  • Theories of literature
Course Structure

In the 1st to 3rd semesters, students take compulsory modules FP Practical Training and D2 Teaching Methodology in the first subject. In the process, one course must be taken from the area of language teaching and another course from literature teaching. The compulsory elective module FV Subject-Specific Consolidation is also a combined module that should include a course from both L3-L5 and S3-S7.

In the event that students selected German Studies as their second subject, they take two compulsory modules (Practical Training and Specialisation of Second Subject) and three compulsory elective modules from the areas L3-L5 and S3-S7. Students taking these modules acquire profound specialist expertise and practical teaching skills.

In the 4th semester, students write a Master’s thesis in either the first or second subject (German Studies) in addition to attending a Master’s colloquium.


  German as a first subject German as a second subject


Compulsory modules

Optional compulsory modules

Master’s thesis module

Compulsory modules

Optional compulsory modules

Master’s thesis module

1st to 3rd semesters

  • FP Practical Training (7 CP)
  • D2 Teaching Methodology (5 CP)
  • FV Subject-Specific Consolidation (8 CP)


  • FP Practical Training (7 CP)
  • V Specialisation of Second Subject (8 CP)
  • Three modules from: L3-L5 and S3-S7 (including at least one literary studies and one linguistics module) (10 CP each)

4th semester



Master’s thesis (25 CP)



Master’s thesis (25 CP)

Recommended Abilities
  • Knowledge of specialist and teaching content
  • An interest in expanding on and applying previously acquired knowledge
  • Ability to reflect on teaching and learning processes
  • Enjoyment of teaching specialised subject content
  • An interest in education
  • Assertiveness
  • Capacity for teamwork and willingness to cooperate
  • Ability to self-reflect in connection with professional processes
  • Ability to give presentations and speak freely to groups
  • Self-confidence
Career Opportunities
  • Teaching at grammar and comprehensive schools
  • Continuing education
  • (Cultural) journalism, media (press, publishing, radio, TV)
  • Public relations (PR) and marketing
  • Theatre (dramaturgy)
  • Proof-reading and publishing
  • Libraries and archives
  • Academia and research
  • Media, cultural and literature management (e.g. organisation of literature festivals)
  • Cultural institutions at home and abroad (e.g. literature houses, Goethe Institutes)
  • Tourism
  • Advertising industry (copywriting and conceptual design)
  • Civil service (urban or municipal authorities; university management, etc.)
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master''s degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover