Catholic Theology / Religious Studies (M.Ed.)

The most important facts at a glance:

 

Degree:

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester

Start:

winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission

Application:

You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Deadlines:

Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Catholic Theology / Religious Studies (B.Ed.)

Faculty:

Faculty 01: Department of Catholic Theology

Accreditation:

The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.


Subject Matter

Catholic Theology deals with the contents and the manifestations, as well as the history and the tradition, of the Christian faith as it is found in the biblical message and handed down and interpreted by the Church. The different approaches to the belief in one God, which are documented in the testimonies of Israel and the Christian Church, are examined using a number of different methods in accordance with present-day scientific disciplines (historico-critical method, methods of linguistics, literary, and cultural studies). The fundamentals of faith are studied and re-interpreted from the viewpoint of modern-day religious, philosophical, and social issues. Consideration is also given to the historical involvement of the Church as a community of believers. Modern theology is an academic discipline that reconsiders the fundamental questions of human existence on the basis of the biblical message and which compares its results to numerous other scientific and academic areas (philosophy, history, philology, German philology, sociology, art, music, biology, physics, etc.). The Catholic Theology course studied as part of a teacher training Bachelor’s/Master’s program qualifies students to teach at secondary school level (Bachelor and Master of Education and teacher trainee) and vocational schools (Bachelor and teacher trainee). In conjunction with traineeships completed as part of the course, students develop both the basic and in-depth knowledge required to work as a religious education teacher.

Master entrance requirements

Proof of a B.Ed. degree for college preparatory secondary school teaching in the same subjects from a university in Rhineland-Palatinate or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad.

Applicants having a final degree that is not equivalent to but corresponds to at least 140 credit points to the required Bachelor’s examination, may be admitted to the Master’s degree program on the condition that the missing study and examination qualifications are obtained at the latest by the end of the first academic year. If the student does not provide proof within the period specified, they will no longer be allowed to continue studying; their enrollment will be canceled without further notice.

In-depth knowledge of Latin and basic knowledge of Greek are required to study Catholic Religious Education in the degree program for teaching at college preparatory secondary schools. Language skills are required to take the course and must be demonstrated when the candidate is admitted to the teaching-related Master’s degree program for teaching at college preparatory secondary schools. The proof is provided by submitting certificates.

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the “German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)” is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.

Information

The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).