Teacher Education for Vocational Schools - Business and Economics

Masters Programme

The work of teachers in Vocational Schools is organized around transmitting skills in the academic field of Economics, as well as in the various general instructional subjects. The Masters programme for teaching in Vocational Schools with a major in Economics is directed towards students, who have completed a B.A. degree in this discipline already. The successful completion of the consecutive Masters degree entitles students to be admitted to their preparatory service for teacher certification in vocational schools concentrating on economics in conjunction with their career qualification in secondary level II. This degree broadens the career choices for students who had previously completed a diploma as a business studies teacher. Graduates of the Masters degree are also qualified to take up doctoral studies.

Please Note: The Teacher Education for Vocational Schools – Business and Economics (M.Ed.) is offered in the German language and is thus directed at prospective students with a good command of German. The programme’s German-language web pages provide detailed information needed on the content of the course and application procedures.

Content and Structure

The four-semester programme follows the European system of Bachelor and Masters degrees as defined by the Bologna process, and also meets the specific guidelines for teacher education established by the state of Lower Saxony and the conference of cultural affairs ministers.

Students working toward the M. Ed. in teaching at Vocational Schools — major in Economics choose the Economics as their major as well as a minor from among six possible general instructional subjects from their B.A. studies (English, Mathematics, German, Politics, Protestant religion, or Sports). Their programme of study is rounded out by courses in business and professional education. The Leuphana degree programme expands and systemizes the specific scientific, didactic and educational knowledge and skills that students acquired in their previous Bachelor studies.

The teaching research project examines practical problems of vocational school teachers in the context of practical pedagogical studies and academic research at the university.



Requirement for the admission to the preparatory training for teachers at vocational schools is the proof of a one-year or two-year activity or job training that is beneficial for the respective field of study. Detailed information can be found in the fact sheet about the placement to the preparatory training in the download section above.


The consecutive M. Ed. for teaching in vocational schools, academic field of Economics, offers graduates with a major in a relevant field the possibility to systematically further expand their academic knowledge in their subject, while enhancing their professional orientation. The degree qualifies students to begin their preparatory service for a teaching position in a vocational school. Graduates of the Masters degree are also qualified to take up doctoral studies.

Doctoral Track

As a student in our programme, you have the opportunity to start your doctorate early via the Doctoral Track. Thus, you to become part of the scientific community of our doctoral research groups at an early stage, giving you the unique opportunity to combine your Master's and doctoral studies and, with your doctorate in sight, to obtain your Master's degree en-route.

At a Glance

Degree received: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Application deadline: 15 August
Type of programme: Thematic relevance
Study places: 45
Start date: October 1
Extent: 120 CP according to ECTS
Duration: 4 semesters
Languages: German, single classes in English
Semester contribution: ca. 320 EUR


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