Vocational-Technical Education – Metal Engineering
(Bachelor of Education)
|Degree: Bachelor of Education|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
1. before the start of the degree programme (requirement for enrolment!):
Related vocational internship of a 52-week-minimum duration or related vocational training in accordance with the internship regulations. The vocational internship is to be fully completed and recognised by the competent departments before the start of the programme;
2. during the Bachelor’s programme: Practical Studies in Schools 1
Requirements for Admission: |
1. General university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas, admission as a vocationally qualified student to the universities in the state of Hesse; further information;
2. Proof of a related vocational internship of a 52-week-minimum duration or related vocational training in accordance with the internship regulations. The vocational internship is to be fully completed and recognised by the competent departments before the start of the program;
3. when choosing Sports Science as a general education subject or as Master of Education: passing the Sports Aptitude Test is an admission requirement for the Sports Science modules (proof thereof before the end of the 4th semester); further information.
4. For some of the consecutive Master of Education programs following the Bachelor of Education, there are further requirements for enrolment, e.g. foreign language skills. Therefore, please learn more about these courses of study early on.
|Admission Procedure: unrestricted|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: September 15|
|Application: online application|
|Special Features: For the degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering, the Department offers an Online Bridging Course.|
Bachelor of Education + Master of Education -> Teaching at Vocational Schools
The programme Teaching at Vocational Schools at the TU Darmstadt consists of two connected study programmes:
- first, the Bachelor of Education programme (6 semesters; vocational field of study) and
- subsequently, the Master of Education programme (4 semesters; subject of general education/subject studies).
Only the completion of both the Bachelor of Education AND the Master of Education is equivalent to the first state examination in the state of Hesse and therefore mandatory for the admission to the preparatory period (teaching practice) or the teaching profession.
Additionally, from winter semester 2018/19 on programmes for a third subject (Ergänzungsstudium Lehramt) are scheduled to take effect.
1. Vocational Field of Study:
The vocational field of study Metal Engineering in the Bachelor of Education programme is divided into a mandatory and an elective subject-specific area, and teaching methodology.
The Mandatory Subject-specific Area comprises the modules Information and Communication Technology for Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Mathematics I and II, Engineering Mechanics I and II, Materials Science I, Computer Aided Design, Machine Components and Mechatronics I and II for Vocational Training, Technical Thermodynamics for Vocational Training as well as Production Technology. In the Elective Subject-specific Area, the students choose between the area of specialisation Production Technology and the area of specialisation Automotive Engineering. They furthermore take courses for 8 CP from the range offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the General Elective Subject Area. The Mandatory Subject Area of Teaching Methodology consists of the modules Technology Didactics I, Application-oriented research in Technology Didactics, Areas of Focus in Teaching Practice as well as Curricular Aspects of the Teaching Methodology of Metal Engineering.
2. Second Subject of General Education (Subject Studies and Subject-related Didactics):
During the Bachelor’s programme, the students already choose their second subject which will be integrated into the Bachelor’s programme with 20 CP. This second subject will then be continued in the Master of Education programme.
3. The Educational and Social Sciences consist of Vocational Pedagogy, Vocational Education, and the Practical Studies in Schools 1.
As mathematical knowledge is very important for the study programme, the Fachschaft (Departmental Students` Representative Committee) organises the Mathematik-Stützkurs für Erstsemester (supporting mathematics course for beginners).
Alternatively/additionally it is recommended that beginners participate in the online mathematics pre-course offered by the Department of Mathematics.
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Further information may be found at:
With the Bachelor of Education, the students will acquire their first professional qualification. However, the Master of Education is a prerequisite for the admission to the teaching profession.
For this reason, it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
How to Prepare for the Programme
Advice for prospective B.Ed. students
Teachers in the broad and varied vocational school system give lessons in subjects of general education as well as in theoretical and practical vocational subjects. To be interested in pedagogical work with children and teenagers and to enjoy teaching is essential for this course of study and the profession. In this context, teachers need extensive subject-related knowledge as well as pedagogic-didactic, psychological, communicative, and social skills. Apart from the work in school, the quality of the lessons is determined by their preparation, which is very time-consuming and primarily a matter of home office.
Metal Engineering as a component of Production Engineering is the production and processing of formed metal parts and their assembly to create functional products.
Those who decide to study Metal Engineering should not only be interested in science, but should already possess advanced fundamental physical and mathematical skills at the start of the programme.
The programme is thus suitable for everyone who has an affinity for mathematical-scientific and technical tasks.
The Online Bridging Course Maschinenbau helps to get a clearer understanding of these requirements and of the contents of the programme.
Further information may be found at, for example, www.cct-germany.de
Related Degree Programmes
|Computational Engineering (CE) (B.Sc.)|
|Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc.) (Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering, B.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen technische Fachrichtung Maschinenbau, B.Sc.)|
|General Information: The Bachelor of Education comprises a vocational field of study. In order to complete the teacher training studies, a second subject is required and will be studied in the course of the Master of Education programme. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teacher Training (Zentrum für Lehrerbildung) or the respective departmental advisor’s office.|
|German (M.Ed.) (Deutsch, M.Ed.)|
|Ethics (M.Ed.) (Ethik, M.Ed.)|
|History (M.Ed.) (Geschichte, M.Ed.)|
|Computer Science (M.Ed.) (Informatik, M.Ed.)|
|Mathematics (M.Ed.) (Mathematik, M.Ed.)|
|Physics (M.Ed.) (Physik, M.Ed.)|
|Politics and Economics (M.Ed.) (Politik und Wirtschaft, M.Ed.)|
|Protestant Religion (M.Ed.) (Evangelische Religion, M.Ed.)|
|Catholic Religion (M.Ed.) (Katholische Religion, M.Ed.)|
|Sports Science (M.Ed.) (Sportwissenschaft, M.Ed.)|
There are job opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Education – Vocational Field of Study Metal Engineering in corporate vocational training institutions, in the field of vocational training studies or in the open labor market.
However, entering the preparatory period (teaching practice) for teaching at vocational schools, vocational grammar schools, technical colleges, specialised upper secondary schools, specialised vocational schools as well as in classes of the basic vocational training year and the vocational preparatory year is only possible after having completed the graduate degree programme Master of Education. Such a degree programme is currently being offered by the TU Darmstadt for the subjects of German, Ethics, History, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics, Politics and Economics, Religion (Evangelic or Catholic), and Sports Science.
Predictions about the future demand for teachers or their employment opportunities are difficult to make as both depend on a number of different factors. This includes, for example, demographic development, the selected combination of subjects or the type of school, the political framework, etc.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Hessisches Kultusministerium (Hessian Ministry of Education)