Course of studies
The Bachelor’s program in educational Computer Science usually takes six semesters, as in most Bachelor’s degree programs. It consists of your two main subjects and the accompanying studies in educational science. During this time you have to collect at least 180 ECTS points, which you receive by passing exams. Depending on the scope and time required for the individual modules, the respective ECTS points may vary. But don’t worry: The program is structured in a way that you should have achieved the 180 ECTS points by the end of the six semesters if you complete the exams.
In the module catalog, you can find an overview of all subjects that are offered. Here you can also look up which subjects are compulsory and which subjects can be taken additionally.
For a module to be evaluated, an examination takes place at the end, which can take various forms. In addition to the classic written examinations, which usually last 90 or 180 minutes, there are also practical performance assessments, oral examinations, and presentations.
In the exams, you receive grades between 1.0 and 5.0, which are weighted with ECTS points and recorded in your grade report. ECTS points roughly reflect the amount of time you spend on the subject in question during a semester. An exam is considered to have been passed if a grade of 4.0 or better has been achieved.
For some lectures on the basic subjects, you have to work on weekly exercise sheets during the semester. These are counted as preliminary work for the exam admission and serve as preparation for the exam.
If you fail an exam, you will automatically be registered for the next exam. During your entire studies, you also have two “jokers” with which you can take a third examination attempt.
The orientation exam is not an actual exam. Rather, you must have passed two of the following three modules after three semesters of study at the latest:
• Formal Foundations of Computer Science
• Practical Computer Science I
• Practical Computer Science II
In addition, you must also pass the module “Introduction to Educational Psychology”.
The orientation internship is intended to allow you to gain your first practical experience at a school. The three-week internship is accompanied by a block seminar at the University of Mannheim and usually takes place during the lecture-free period (June/July) after the second semester. The orientation internship can be completed at any school. The only exception is the school at which you obtained your Abitur. You have to apply for an internship independently via the ‘Kultusportal’.
As a student of Informatics at the University of Mannheim, you can spend one or two semesters at one of our many partner universities. A stay abroad is not mandatory but recommended by the university. The work you do abroad can usually be credited so that your standard period of study is not affected. Most of our students complete either their fifth or sixth semester abroad. The application deadlines are usually in the second or third semester. If you are interested in a semester abroad, please contact our International Department for advice. You can also find further information and contact details at the International Office.
Since you have two majors in your teaching degree program, one question often comes up right away: Do I have to submit two Bachelor’s theses? This is not the case! You can choose in which major you want to write your bachelor thesis.
If you choose computer science, you will work on a topic from the field of computer science over six weeks. You will discuss the topic with your chosen professor beforehand. During the six weeks, your chosen professor will act as your supervisor and support you with any questions you may have.
Most professors prefer that you also take the seminar with them or listen to particular subjects as preparation for the Bachelor thesis. Therefore, you should contact your potential supervisor early – from the fourth semester on. You can also find an overview of our professors and their topics here.
The bachelor’s examination consists of all examinations you did beforehand. In addition to the examinations in the subject areas, this also includes the subject didactics, the educational sciences (including the orientation internship), the Bachelor’s thesis and, if applicable, an oral examination in the final module in the Romance subjects.