Coming soon: university training for vocational school teachers?
In future there are to be 60 first-year university places on a Master of Education in Vocational School Teaching at the University of Potsdam in Germany.
A relevant plan for restructuring is now to be submitted to the state parliament. It states that, in Brandenburg, not only are teachers needed for general education schools but also "vocational school teachers trained to a very high standard".
Brandenburg wants to begin providing university training for vocational school teachers. According to a statement from the state chancellery following a relevant cabinet decision in Potsdam, the plan in future is to create 60 first-year university places on a Master of Education in Vocational School Teaching which builds on the existing bachelor's programme. To support this, the aim is to establish a total of four new professorships for the teaching of technology and economics in vocational education and training, for vocational pedagogy in the area of educational sciences, and for specialist expertise in the area of information technology. The state parliament must now consider this plan.
The statement also explains that the cost of implementing the plan is a minimum of around €2.9 million per year, and that the cost of equipment needs to be added to this.
Source: maz-online.de (website of the regional newspaper Märkische Allgemeine), revised by iMOVE, April 2022