In addition to the basic qualifications acquired in the History Bachelor’s course, the Master’s course provides essential skills with regard to the role of graduates as experts in specialist teaching. The students deepen their professional knowledge of history and, on the basis of knowledge of the history of the discipline, reflect on the latest theories and trends in history didactics, also in the areas of empirical teaching-learning research, the establishment of educational standards in history teaching and transculturality (e.g. on inclusion, diversity) . In addition, the students perfect their specialist knowledge on in-depth problems.

In the form of the practical semester, the master’s course also includes phases of testing and practicing teaching activities, the production of materials suitable for teaching as well as the observation, research and joint evaluation of one's own and other people’s learning situations. Overall, the students acquire subject-specific theoretical and methodological as well as scientific judgment competence in this way, while at the same time the willingness to engage in a creative and open interdisciplinary dialogue (with the second subject, other school subjects, educational science and educational psychology) is promoted.


The teaching master’s course with subject 1 history is studied with subject 2, whereby the teaching-related subject combination is specified by the previous bachelor’s degree.

The modules in the table below are expanded by modules from the other subject. The educational science modules listed in the table are completed once, regardless of the core subject and the range of modules.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis can be completed in the specialist field, in educational science or in the subject didactics of subject 1 or 2 and should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Education (M.Ed.) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Technical and didactic modules
module Epochal historical competencies (*)
module Research Methods and Theories in History (**)
module History Didactics - Selected Topics
module Didactics of History - Development, Evaluation and Research
Educational modules
module Learning support and motivation to learn
module Educational diagnostics
Modules as part of the practical semester
module Learning research project
module Practical school studies in history as a subject
Elective area
module Elective module


To be admitted to the master’s degree in teaching, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree related to this master’s degree with an integrative study of two subjects and professional teaching related to teaching (educational science and subject didactics), or an equivalent other university degree.

The teacher training-related subject combination from the previous Bachelor's degree must be retained. The core subject of the bachelor's degree is studied as subject 1, the modules of the bachelor's degree as subject 2.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university admission (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge in accordance with the regulations for the German language test for university admission of foreign applicants to the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.                               

A successfully completed three-year bachelor's degree and a subsequent two-year master's degree with (up to) two-year preparatory service lead to the office of the student council.

In addition to teaching at schools, there are other fields of activity, such as editorial work in publishing houses, extracurricular educational work fields, adult and further education, science, archives and libraries, media library and documentation, museums and memorials, press, radio, television, new media, marketing and public relations, a consultancy as well as tasks in tourism and management.

In addition, the other subject can also open up further opportunities with regard to the occupational profile and career opportunities.

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