Education Studies (M.Ed.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Summer semester: October 1 - March 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Education Studies (B.Ed.)


Institute of Educational Science

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Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports


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

Subject Matter

Education Studies forms part of the teacher training at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz: Teacher training usually includes two specialist subjects (teaching subjects), Education Studies as well as practical teaching experience in schools. The Bachelor of Education or Master of Education in the field of Education Studies was established in the winter semester 2008/09. It includes a two-tier qualification system. Assessment takes place using a credit points system based on the ECTS model. In the Bachelor's/Master's degree program, binding curricular standards apply across the various locations for teacher training in Rhineland-Palatinate. With the new model, the focus on teaching techniques has been increased and a stronger practical approach has already been incorporated into the course with several practical sessions in schools. The academic part of the course also aims to provide students with solid knowledge to enable theory-based verdicts to be reached and develop the ability to reflect on issues. Education Studies is taught as an interdisciplinary course with a social science approach. The Institute of Educational Science (school research/school pedagogy), the Institute of Psychology, and the Department of Sociology are all involved.

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.

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.


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

The Academic Advisory 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).