Teaching Engineering in Vocational Schools (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Explaining different aspects of engineering, getting school pupils and young adults interested in the subject, and providing them with sound basic knowledge – these are the tasks of teachers of engineering at vocational schools.

What can I do with this degree?

With the consecutive Bachelor's and Master's degrees, after completing teacher training (Referendariat), you can teach at various kinds of vocational schools in Germany, for example

  • Berufsschulen
  • Fachschulen
  • Berufsfachschulen
  • Fachoberschulen (FOS)
  • Berufsoberschulen (BOS)
  • Technikerschulen

However, it is also possible to pursue a career in industry or at organisations and trade associations as a training co-ordinator, or in the development of modern training material directly after completing the Bachelor's degree.

What qualities and skills do I need?
  • To complete this degree programme successfully you should have a passion for engineering and mathematics.
  • Initial experience in education, for example as a tutor or youth worker, is an advantage.
  • You should be good at working independently and have strong organisational skills in order to carry out independent work. Team skills and social skills are a must for a career in teaching.
  • If you wish to take physical education or English as your secondary subject you must pass a separate aptitude test. More information on the aptitude test for physical education as a secondary subject is available here, and for English as a second subject here
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • There are a wide range of academic and educational institutions in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region and students benefit from the results of close collaboration between them. This led to FAU's innovative concept of Universitätsschulen (schools which work closely with the University) which is based on training in didactics for all students of the Master's degree programme in close collaboration with Studienseminar Nordbayern, various vocational schools and the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts.
  • Lecturers are always up-to-date with current developments in their subject and make use of networks, guaranteeing collaboration with both Fraunhofer institutes, Energie Campus Nürnberg and long-term partners from industry.
Potential challenges
  • Depending on the subject you choose you will study only part of the curriculum that students in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering are required to study.
  • It also important to consider that you will have to co-ordinate studying in two locations. The lecturers for each main subject and some secondary subjects take place in Erlangen, while the courses in education science and lectures for some secondary subjects are held in Nuremberg.
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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: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen, Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions