Mathematics - Secondary-school teaching degree: (Master of Education major)

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Academic Degree
Secondary-school teaching degree: (Master of Education major)

Restricted admission

Regular duration of studies
4 semester

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Application deadline 1st semester
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Program start
Winter semester, Summer semester

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Requirements and application

This degree program is free of admission, i.e. you will receive a study place if you meet the admission requirements. An application is nevertheless required to check these prerequisites. The study program can be started in both the winter and summer semesters.

Successful completion of the Mathematics B.Ed. program is a prerequisite for admission to the Mathematics M.Ed. program.

The language of study and examination is German. Individual courses may be held in English. A good knowledge of English is expected for the study of literature. Therefore, knowledge of English is required. However, formal proof of English proficiency is not required. German language skills to the extent of DSH-2 (Testdaf4) are required for foreign students.

International applicants *without* a German-language university entrance qualification must provide proof of German language proficiency in accordance with the university´s matriculation regulations (see also information on proof of linguistic study ability / DSH language test).

In addition to the subject mathematics, a second major subject is taken. For the Master's degree, 22 credit points each in subject-specific science and 6 credit points each in subject-specific didactics must be acquired in both subjects, plus a Master's thesis with 15 credit points. Another integral part of the program is the educational science study (BWS) with 33 credit points as well as the practical school semester (16 credit points).

The M.Ed. Mathematics can be combined with any teaching subject offered in Tübingen - except with NwT.

Program details

Within the framework of the Master's program in Mathematics (M.Ed.), you will deepen your mathematical and mathematics-didactic knowledge and competencies, which will enable you to design targeted teaching, learning and educational processes in the subject of mathematics and to independently introduce new subject-related and subject-connecting developments into teaching and school development. As with the Bachelor of Education, this is a scientific course of study. In your subject, you will be introduced to current research questions of the subject by way of example.

Successful completion of the program is a prerequisite for admission to the teacher training program and thus for obtaining a teaching qualification at the Gymnasium.

In Tübingen, the following subjects can be combined with mathematics: Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, German with German as a Foreign Language, English, Protestant Theology, French, Geography, History, Greek, Computer Science, Italian, Islamic Religious Education, Catholic Theology, Latin, Natural Sciences and Technology (NwT), Philosophy/Ethics, Physics, Political Science, Russian, Spanish, Sports and Economics.In cooperation with the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, the subject Visual Arts can also be chosen. In cooperation with the State Academy of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, the subject music can also be chosen.

Depending on whether the student enters the program in the winter or summer semester, the first or second semester is largely filled by the school practice component, which is accompanied by a specialized didactics course at the university. First of all, you will deepen your knowledge of calculus by taking a module on the basic principles of function theory and ordinary differential equations. In addition, you have the opportunity to set your own focus in one of the main areas of study offered at the department by attending a lecture with exercises and a suitable seminar. The program is completed with the Master's thesis (15 credit points) in one of the two chosen subject areas (including their subject didactics) or in educational sciences.

Information can be found on the M.Ed. Mathematics website.

The Department of Mathematics runs a large number of student exchange programs with partner universities in various European countries. Further information can be found under Study Abroad

Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure. 
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.

Facts and figures:

In the winter semester 2023/24, approximately 800 students will be studying at the Department of Mathematics:

Mathematik B.Sc.:    182
Mathematik M.Sc.:   43

Mathematical Physics M.Sc.: 

Mathematik B.Ed.: 311
Mathematik B.Ed. berufl. Lehramt:  7
Mathematik Vorleistungen Erweiterungsfach:   13

Mathematik M.Ed.:

Mathematik Quereinstieg Lehramt M.Ed.: 9

Mathematik Promotion:


The module handbook describes the objectives and structure of a degree program. You will find more detailed information on the type and scope of all modules as well as their courses, requirements and examinations in the module handbook of the M.Ed. Mathematics program. An ideal course plan in the module handbook helps you to plan your studies. The module handbook and the examination regulations will help you to understand the framework of your studies and to select the right modules/courses.

The study and examination regulations for the M.Ed. Mathematics contain legally binding regulations for a study program. Among other things, they specify which modules of a study program must be completed and which examinations must be taken in order to successfully complete the study program. The study and examination regulations also regulate how often examinations can be repeated, which deadlines apply to the examinations of a study program and how the final grade is calculated. The examination regulations and the module handbook will help you to understand the framework of your studies and to select the right modules/courses.

After your studies

Math teacher at secondary schools

Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.

At the institute there is, after consultation with a lecturer, the possibility of a doctorate at one of the working areas of the department after obtaining the master's degree. Information about the doctorate can be found on the doctoral page of the Faculty of Science.

Here you can find all information about the alumni association Alumni Tübingen.

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