Master Research on Teaching and Learning
The master’s program at a glance
- Degree: Master of Education
- Standard duration of study: 4 semesters (120 Credits)
- Study format: Full time
- Language of instruction: English
- Admissions requirements: Bachelor of Education or comparable degree, Aptitude test
- Start date: Winter semester
About the program
The aim of the program is to qualify young academics for the interdisciplinary context of educational sciences and psychology. With regard to empirical educational research, particular attention is paid to the study of teaching and learning processes in a wide variety of educational contexts. It aims to qualify for a career in research or taking leadership positions in educational institutions. Thanks to close links with the Faculty Graduate Center, the Master's programme also facilitates graduates who subsequently wish to study for a doctorate
The programme is aimed at students who hold a Bachelor's degree after a program of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent qualification in educational science, psychology, education, secondary school teaching or vocational training (alternatively also the first Staatsexamen). It is aimed at international students as well as national students.
Students explore key theories, concepts, methods and findings of empirical educational research and focus on teaching and learning in a variety of educational contexts. This enables them to gain coherent knowledge and in-depth understanding of
- institutions in education systems and quality development and assurance in these institutions
- teaching and learning processes and their determinants in formal learning settings such as the classroom
- educational concepts and their assessment
Students acquire methodological competencies in relation to the skills and abilities that are relevant to the area of empirical educational research. These include knowledge and skills in key working practices such as researching and preparing literature, summarising relevant empirical studies in written essays, presenting research and project activities using various presentation techniques (PowerPoint, posters, etc.), communicating empirical research to different target groups, acquiring the essential writing skills necessary to produce academic texts and gaining basic knowledge of project and time management.
Thirdly, students acquire social competencies by working together in teams on projects, analysing the various strengths and weaknesses of project participants and using this to implement the project. The Master's programme is characterised by its highly interdisciplinary nature, which means that students regularly work on projects in different team compositions. Students are also required to decide on certain projects and implement them within a fixed time frame by agreeing a shared work and time schedule. By cooperating in this way they learn how to articulate project interests and decisions and to make coherent academic arguments.
Empirical educational research is a growing field. This is shown by the establishment of professorships that focus on empirical research in educational science and teaching methodology. In this field, particular attention is paid to the study of teaching and learning processes in a wide variety of educational contexts. In addition, a large number of foundations, ministries and research organizations in Germany are very active in issues relevant to teaching and learning both in and out of school, and are resolutely calling for evidence-based support for initiatives. Organizational developments in universities and research institutions also increases demand for staff who are qualified in the area of education.