Teacher Education for Primary Schools

Masters Programme

The consecutive M. Ed. for teaching in primary schools 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 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.

Please Note: The M. Ed. for teaching in primary schools 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 course structure

Students in the M. Ed. degree for teaching professionals in primary schools study the two instructional subjects that they had already chosen as part of their Bachelor degree while also developing their professional knowledge in the educational sciences.

The following instructional subjects are available for study:

  • German
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Protestant Religion
  • Art
  • Music
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education

A long-time internship at a school in Lower Saxony and a research project are integrated into the curriculum.

The modules Diagnostics and Transitions in the first semester and School Development in the fourth semester offer interdisciplinary topics central to the professionalization of future teachers. The Leuphana degree programme expands and systemizes the specific scientific, didactic and educational knowledge and skills that students acquired in their previous Bachelor studies.

Programme Director

  • Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandermann


The successful completion of the Masters degree entitles students to be admitted into their preparatory service for teacher certification in primary schools. With the completion of an academic Masters degree, students may pursue teaching responsibilities in continuing education as well as in universities of applied sciences.

Upon completion of the degree programme students receive the Master of Education (M.Ed.).


The consecutive Masters degree for teaching in primary schools is directed towards graduates who have completed a related Bachelors degree.

At a Glance

Degree received: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Application deadline: 15 August
Type of programme: Thematic relevance
Study places: 112
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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