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At a Glance

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Master of Education in English

Start Date

  • Winter and summer semester

Application & Application Period

Online via Campus Management – HISinOne

  • Winter semester
    1 June through 15 July
  • Summer semester
    1 December through 15 January

Entry Requirements

► The full entry requirements are outlined in the Zulassungsordnung for the Master of Education in English for Secondary Schools [PDF in German]

  • Completed Lehramt Bachelor's degree from a German university with a major in English or an equivalent (at least three-year) degree program at a German or foreign university
  • German language skills at a C1 level
  • English language skills at a B2 level
  • Knowledge of a further modern language (B2 level) or Latinum
  • Online-Selbstreflexion Lehramtsstudium und Lehrer*innenberuf (OSEL) or an equivalent orientation process for a Lehramt program at another German university

Program Length

4 semesters

Language of Instruction

English and German

Possible Second Majors

Biology, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, Economics, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Philosophy/Ethics, Physics, Political Science, Russian, Spanish, Sport & Sport Studies


  • Semester and student activity fees: €161 per semester
  • €1.500 tuition for non-EU/EEA applicants (see for details and exceptions)

Freiburg Advanced Center of Education

Please also consult the website of the School of Education, Freiburg Advanced Center of Education (FACE) (link only in German)


Program Content & Structure

Program Content

English and American studies as a discipline focuses in research and teaching on the language, literature, and culture of the English-speaking world, from its beginnings to the present day.

English literary studies are concerned with questions of literary theory and comparative literature as applied to the history of English and North American literature, but also takes account of other English-speaking literatures.

English linguistics is concerned with questions of linguistic theory as applied to the English language, its history, and the current state of its development. Particular attention is paid to British and American English, earlier varieties of English (old and middle English) as well as other standard and non-standard English variants.

English cultural studies is concerned with the sociocultural characteristics of and connections between English-speaking countries and their cultural products, with particular attention paid to underlying social structures. Through variable use of multiple disciplinary perspectives, cultural studies offers strong interdisciplinary characteristics. It combines insights from literary studies, media studies, linguistics, history, film and theatre studies, art and art history, economics, communications, and the broader humanities.

Furthermore, an important part of the curriculum focuses on practical English language competency. The program offers students to improve their already very strong English proficiency to a near-native level.


The English program is structured as a series of modules. Each module is  a teaching and learning unit, composed of required and elective courses with similar content and/or themes. The M.Ed. in English and American Studies requires 27 ECTS points. During your studies, you'll choose courses in the following subjects:

  • English Linguistics and Literary Studies (elective)
    • English literatures
    • Linguistics
  • English Language Proficiency
    • Oral & Written Competences
  • English Didactics
    • Selected topics & research methods in English didactics
  • English in Schools
    • Colloquium – English Linguistics and Literary Studies
    • Research and Didactics in Dialogue
    • Final exam for the module


Academic Program and Degree Plan (Prüfungsordnung & Studienverlaufsplan)

General Information

The Master of Education for secondary-school teaching is designed as a full-time course of studies. The program consists of two majors with corresponding didactics courses (27 ECTS each), educational studies (35 ECTS), a student teaching appointment (16 ECTS) and a master's thesis written in one of the two majors or in educational studies (15 ECTS).

The English department's programs at the University of Freiburg are distinguished by their optimal student-to-faculty ratio, leading to generally small course sizes–ideal conditions for focused studies.


The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for measuring the expected workload that's necessary for students to successfully meet learning outcomes. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. 1 ECTS point represents 30 hours of work, and each student should spend 1200 hours/yr for their major and 400 for the minor. The ECTS is designed to make the structure of tertiary education, as well as its associated workload, more transparent. Through the accumulation of ECTS points, the system simplifies the documentation of each student's progress.


Dr. Gert Fehlner
Head of Administration & Academic Advisor

☎ +49 761 203-3331

Sissy Bräuer, M.A.
Coordinator, Academic Program and Admissions Test

☎ +49 761 203-3319