German (teaching degree)

Differences between Bachelor's and teaching degree programmes

In terms of the modules in German studies, the teaching degree programme for teachers at a Gymnasium is similar to the Bachelor's degree programme in German studies and also includes some modules from the Master's degree programme in the same subject. For other school types (Realschule, Mittelschule, Grundschule), the number of modules in German studies is reduced. One of the main differences compared to the Bachelor's degree programme is that the teaching degree programme includes modules on education science in which you will learn the practical skills and teaching methods you will require as a teacher. You can choose to specialise in either linguistics or literary studies. Many of the differences are apparent in the finer details, especially in the total number of credits that have to be obtained.

Differences compared to German as a subject at school

One of the main differences is that you will study three specific areas in the degree programme – modern German literature, medieval German literature and linguistics – while at school the main focus is on interpreting texts. You therefore might be surprised to learn that the degree programme also includes a detailed examination of the German language and an exploration of the historical context behind texts. In all three areas an academic investigation of texts is the main focus. Creative writing is not a standard part of the degree programme, although it can be taken as an optional seminar.

In light of this, writing academic texts and dealing with different primary and secondary texts is important. The academic challenge lies not only in interpreting texts but in understanding, categorising and summarising opinions presented in research. In linguistics you will learn how to analyse linguistic data. You will also read theoretical texts from other disciplines such as philosophy.

What qualities and skills do I need?

You do not need any specific previous knowledge for this degree programme. However, if you are studying to become a teacher at a Gymnasium you must provide proof of sufficient proficiency in Latin by the beginning of the fifth semester. This must be submitted to the Examinations Office.

What are the differences between different types of school?

The teaching degree programme in German can be studied for the following types of schools: Grundschule, Mittelschule, Realschule and Gymnasium. You will take modules in both German studies and education science. If you study to become a teacher at a Gymnasium you will study German studies in greater depth than for other school types. For example, after the sixth semester you will choose to specialise in either literary studies (modern and medieval German literature) or linguistics.

However, all modules are open to all students. The compulsory modules and the number of credits that must be obtained differ depending on the school type.

Additional features

Each of the sub-disciplines organises excursions in Germany and abroad. You can take block seminars, attend the regular guest lectures organised by specialist centres at the University, and have the opportunity to gain practical experience in research projects.

Degree program start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: State Examination
Type of study: Teaching Degree
Location: Erlangen, Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 9/7 (GYM/Sonstige)
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions