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What is ‘Wirtschaftspädagogik‘?

The cluster ‘Human Resource & Management Education‘ (‘Wirtschaftspädagogik’) focuses on the development of independent personalities, who possess a comprehensive research-based know-how on professional educational processes and who overtly take active responsibility for their learning processes across the lifespan – from a cognitive, emotional, motivational, metacognitive and social perspective. This constitutes a major prerequisite for supporting others with their learning processes. Research in this cluster systematically investigates processes, conditions, and opportunities for fostering vocational teaching, learning, and development in different learning and working environments. The research results help to organize teaching, learning, and development processes efficiently and effectively – in particular with regard to changing workplace requirements and new vocational and professional work patterns. Here, the teaching, learning, and development processes are considered systematically not only on the micro level, but also in the context of their institutional, economic, political, and cultural-normative conditions.

Range of offered courses

The Munich School of Management offers the following degree courses in this cluster: ‘Bachelor and Master in Wirtschaftspädagogik I’ as well as ‘Bachelor and Master in Wirtschaftspädagogik II’. In both degree courses, a wide range of business and economic aspects and relations are taught. The degree course ‘Wirtschaftspädagogik I‘ is strongly oriented towards the content of business administration. It provides the opportunity to decide upon a broad generalist education or to specialize in the offered areas Accounting, Business Taxation, Digital Business, Finance & Insurance, Marketing & Strategy, Strategic Organization, or Technology & Innovation. In contrast, the degree course ‘Wirtschaftspädagogik II‘ allows for a broad consolidation of general business administration. Students are required to choose an integrated subject out of the disciplines German, Language and Communication German, English, Mathematics, and Protestant or Catholic Theology. This subject can for example be taught at a vocational school.

Further information

‘Wirtschaftspädagogik’ can be studied within the bachelor and within the master. It is not a teacher education program.

‘Wirtschaftspädagogik’ refers to a highly differentiated field of activities: This comprises vocational orientation, career choice, preparation for vocational education and training (VET), as well as initial VET within the scope of the vocational training act (at present about 52 recognized apprenticeships in the field of business). It also deals with the different possibilities to gain university entrance qualification through higher vocational qualification. Additionally, it encompasses further vocational and professional training within various educational institutions such as school, training company, and overarching educational institutions.

Dealing with the dynamic change within the professional world and its complex institutional systems – including the development of the demanded competencies – is characteristic for VET. The requirements VET educators (teachers, trainers, and lecturers) are facing within this area are shaped by frequent and often unforeseeable changes as well as by the growing heterogeneity of learning groups and an increasing individualization. A degree in ‘Wirtschaftspädagogik‘ does not only qualify for jobs in companies that take on apprentices, but also for further fields of activity, for instance educational administration, educational policy in chambers, associations, and ministries, human resource/VET, and further training management, in-house training and development, extracurricular adult education, educational counselling, development assistance, commercial activities, leading, planning, analyzing, research-based, and consultative functions, requiring a combination of business-oriented and pedagogical qualifications, or science. The master’s degree in ‘Wirtschaftspädagogik’ constitutes the equivalent to the first state examination. The master’s degree and a one-year internship (or an apprenticeship) are needed to be admitted into a two-year training program (‘Referendariat’) to become a teacher at vocational schools. This teacher training is graduated with the second state examination.