English (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:

English (B.Ed.)


Department of English and Linguistics


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


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

Subject Matter

The English course for students studying to be teachers as part of a Bachelor's and Master's course is based on the guiding principle of the curricular standards and the goals of teacher training at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Graduates should be able to teach English as a foreign language in a competent and clear manner that is appropriate for the age of the pupils. In order to achieve this goal, the basic components of American Studies, British Studies, and English Linguistics are taught in specialist and teaching-oriented events.

The reformed curriculum of Bachelor of Education (English) is a modular-based and practice-oriented course, which qualifies students to continue on to a Master's degree program and includes teaching internships and educational science components. An integral part of the teacher training course is the extended stay abroad in an English-speaking country, lasting at least three months, which is intended primarily to expose students to different cultures and enable them to better understand the complex social processes and interactions. The Department of English and Linguistics at the Johannes Gutenberg University offers a wide range of exchange programs with universities in Great Britain, Ireland, USA, and Canada. The main features of the teacher training Bachelor's course in English are:

  • modular-based course content with a high proportion of expert knowledge
  • increased professionalism through specialist teaching components and greater focus on practice
  • focus on gaining intercultural and communication skills
  • polyvalent training while shortening the overall duration of the course (study and preparation).

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 a very good active and passive knowledge of English to produce written qualifications and oral exam qualifications in English.

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).