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Teaching at elementary schools

To teach at elementary schools, you have to study three subjects in the consecutive Bachelor / Master structure:

  1. Bachelor of “Educational Sciences of Primary and Pre-primary Education”
    6 semesters, 180 CP, standard period of study 3 years  
  2. Master of Education Elementary School (from winter semester 2014/15)
    4 semesters, 120 CP, standard period of study 2 years


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Subject combinations

You study two majors and one minor subject.

German and elementary mathematics are compulsory. You are free to choose the third subject. Which of the subjects you choose as a minor is up to you.

Required subjects


It is not possible to completely avoid overlapping when studying three courses at the same time. However, the University of Bremen strives to provide a largely non-overlapping course offer.

Program Structure


Subject science and subject didactics

  • Major A, 51 CP

         of which 39 CP subject science and 12 CP subject didactics including practical

  • Major B, 51 CP

          of which 39 CP subject science and 12 CP subject didactics including practical

  • Minor subject, 24 CP

          of which 15 CP subject science and 9 CP subject didactics

Educational Sciences

  • Educational sciences incl. 6 CP school internship, 33 CP
  • Generic qualifications / Handling Heterogeneity, 9 CP

Bachelor thesis in one of the major subjects or in Educational Sciences, 12 CP

Program Profile

The bachelor’s program "BiPEb” has a strong career orientation with regard to the teaching profession at elementary schools. Application-oriented components such as subject didactics, educational science and school internships account for almost 50% of the program. However, the content of the bachelor’s program does not solely train for the teaching profession. Graduates from the program are also qualified for careers in non-school educational fields as well as entry to master’s programs.

In the Master of Education for elementary schools, the professional orientation of studies is continued. Here, too, subject sciences are taught to the same extent as teacher training elements.

Distinguishing features of teacher education at the University of Bremen:

Double qualification or academic specialty

Doppelqualifikation mit Lehramt Inklusive Pädagogik/Sonderpädagogik

The three-subject bachelor's program "BiPEb" plus the Master of Education for elementary schools always qualifies for the professional goal of teaching at elementary schools.

You can then complete the traineeship in-school traineeship, either with the aim of teaching at elementary schools or with the goal if you take "Inclusive Education" as one of your three majors of teaching in inclusive education / special-needs (Include pedagogy / special education ) education.

Academic specialty in elementary education

If you wish, you can focus on elementary education in the Bachelor's degree. This is only possible with the following combination of subjects:

Sachunterricht (major), combined with German and elementary mathematics

In addition to qualifying for the Master of Education elementary school, you also have the option of transitioning into occupational fields in pre-school education or master's programs in the field of early childhood education.

Links and Downloads for ...

... program subjects and Educational Sciences

  • Examination Regulations in the Database Study the respective subject under "Formalities and Regulations" or
  • at the Central Examination Office under Bachelor "Educational Sciences of the Primary and Pre-primary Education"
  • Course of study and module descriptions for EW also on the homepage of the department 12

... teaching elementary school

... teaching in general

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... expiring study structure

  • For students of the University of Bremen, who have started their bachelor studies before the winter semester 2011/12 and are studying according to an expiring examination regulations, a different study structure applies !