M.Ed. Physical Education (GERMAN)

The physical education degree consists of three parts: two at university and one at teacher training college. A Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) which takes six semesters is the basis, followed by a Master’s (M.Ed.) of four semester duration. The actual teacher training qualification is completed at a teacher training college. It takes 18 months and finishes with the Second State Exam. 

In addition to Physical Education, teaching candidates have to study an additional subject, as teachers in Germany must teach at least two subjects. As the GSU only offers Physical Education, the other subject has to be studied at a different university. Please note that this is an additional application process at a different university.

Target group

The Physical Education degree course targets young people who can see themselves working as teachers and who would like to contribute to motivating and convincing children and young people how important regular exercise is. It is an essential prerequisite to have a personal interest in sport so that the candidate can be a good role model. 

Degree aims and content

The university-based part of the consecutive degree system is split into two phases: a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.), which is not directly related to the teaching profession. Following that, graduates must complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) which is designed to prepare students for their chosen type of school. Both Bachelor´s and Master´s degrees are structured in modules.

Degree units

The Physical Eudcation degree at GSU consists of the following units:

  • Subjects taught / areas of specialisation
  • Education Science
  • Practical semester
  • Bachelor´s and Master´s Thesis

Practical semester

Part of the degree includes a practical semester in which students are prepared for the challenges of teaching. 

Job perspectives

After successful completion of their studies, graduates of the P.E. degrees, depending on their degree, have the option of working at a wide variety of schools. These include:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Vocational colleges
  • etc

Please note even for this Master´s degree English language proficiency (working with publications, scientific papers, studies etc.) is required.  


Regular length of study
4 semesters

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Workload (ECTS)
120 credit points

Commencement of studies
Summer & Winter semester

Language of instruction

Semester fee of appr. 300 €

Application process

Physical aptitude test

Module handbooks & other study documents

Further information

For more detailed information about the B.A./M.Ed. Physical Education please click here