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Englisch / English (First State Examination / Extended Examination)

Program: Englisch / English
Degree: First State Examination
Program length: 9 semesters / 4.5 years (240 ECTS points)
Start: Winter semester 


The study program for the subject “English (German: Englisch)” as part of the Teaching in Secondary Schools program is designed to meet the practical requirements for teaching English at secondary schools. Students acquire the subject- and teaching-specific principles for the teaching profession. With academic guidance, students gain their first practical teaching experience in school. The acquired competences and academic knowledge qualify students to be socially responsible teachers as well as to pursue further academic study.

The university stage of the education provides future teachers with the professional qualifications for analyzing, planning, designing, and reflecting on educational processes pertaining to teaching “English (German: Englisch)” at secondary schools.

Major topics

The areas of study of the subject “English” cover English linguistics and Anglophone literary studies, foreign language didactics, and language practice. The area of teaching methodology is closely connected to the teaching practice in school. This includes aspects of foreign language acquisition as well as the didactics of teaching literature and culture.


The teacher training program focuses on the career path toward the teaching profession. This entails the first State Examination and subsequent second State Examination. The latter concludes a teaching traineeship (German: “Referendariat” or “Vorbereitungsdienst”) following the university degree program.

Your academic, scientific, and professional training concludes with the second State Examination. There are many different career opportunities. You can apply for teaching positions nationwide. However, there are also other exciting fields of work. For example, you can apply to companies, enter further training to qualify as a foreign language correspondent, study for an additional teaching qualification for another type of school or for adult education, or you can pursue a doctorate.

  • Admission requirements

    Education certificates General higher education entrance qualification or subject-related higher education entrance qualification or master’s certificate and comparable certificates from advanced professional training or professional qualifications
    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission

    German Skills:
    DSH 2

    Other foreign language skills:


    English skills according to Appendix 1.2 of the study and examination regulations for teacher training at secondary schools:

    Verification of

    1. a) the German certificate of higher education entrance qualification, if this certifies the foreign language for at least five years until completion of the degree qualifying for higher education entrance. The final grade, or the average grade of the last two years before the certificate for higher education entrance qualification, as applicable, must amount to at least 10 points in the advanced course or 12 points in the basic course. In cases where no differentiation is made between basic and advanced course, at least 11 points must be certified.


    b) Certification from one of the following internationally recognized language examinations

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Internet based (0-120 Pts.): 90 Pts.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – paper based (310-677 Pts.): 577 Pts.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – computer based (0-300 Pts.): 225 Pts.
    • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) (10-990 Pts.): 750 Pts.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – Examination Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): C
    • Cambridge University First Certificate in English (FCE): A

    NOTE: before the interim examination (end of 4th semester), skills in another foreign language must be certified, namely

    • either Latin skills within the scope of the Latinum.
    • or skills in a modern Romance language at Level B1.

    It is recommended to be able to verify these skills at the start of the program.

    Restricted admission None
  • Who can answer questions?

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    Content-related questions about the program

    1.  Advisement for students without Marburg Practical Modules (MPM) (Practical semester):

    Annika Kleimann-Trümner

    Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6

    Room 08D01A
    Tel.: 06421/28-24385
    Office hours: see homepage


    1.  Advisement for students with Marburg Practical Modules (MPM) (Practical semester):

    Barbara Ann Güldenring

    Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6

    Room 08D07
    Tel.: 06421/28-24803
    Office hours during semester: see homepage

    Formal questions about your application

    Ellen Huth
    Tel.: +49 6421/28 22222

    Office hours: Mondays - Fridays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central European Time)

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