The changeover to the Bachelor and Master degree system brought about a special feature in the bachelor degree program of vocational education/ vocational college education in electrical engineering. Formally, there is a separate bachelor program for teaching electrical engineering at vocational colleges and another subject of vocational / general education, whereupon the relevant consecutive master program will lead to the Master of Education degree. Admission requirements are higher education entrance qualification or related university entrance qualifications.
From the Paderborn model though (final enrollment 31.03.2013 for Master degree program vocational education in electrical engineering), a new teaching curriculum has been developed, being:
the Master degree program Vocational Education with a vocational major in electrical engineering and a vocational minor in automation and information technology.
To be admitted to this separate affine master degree program, interested students are required to first enrol for the Bachelor degree program for electrical engineering (as from WS 13/14), where the regular undergraduate studies must be finished with a total of 120 ECTS and the subsequent advanced studies (semester 5 and 6) with 34 ECTS in electrical engineering plus an extra 26 ETCS core in vocational education.
As a result, compared to the standard electrical engineering degree program, one compulsory elective subject of each of the three in depth-modules as well as the general studies’ course will be abandoned, but fully replaced by the modules “Competence development” and “Vocational education”. These modules involve a college orientation internship as well as an industrial orientation internship. Additionally, the module instructional methodology must be chosen.
Here it is important that despite of the vocational-educational shares in the in depth-phase a fully qualified degree in “Bachelor of Science” will be awarded, which also implies all prerequisites for admission to the Master degree program vocational education in electrical engineering. Students of the Bachelor degree program electrical engineering with vocational education components are thus equally qualified to enrolled for the (traditional) Master program in electrical engineering.
The program covers the abilities required to realize and address scientific engineering issues and to choose and apply adequate solution methods appropriately. This serves as basis for the subsequent master degree program. Altogether, this modified bachelor degree program in electrical engineering equally sums up to 180 ECTS and is scheduled over the designated period of 6 months to be completed with a bachelor’s thesis.
The following graph illustrates schematically the bachelor degree program in electrical engineering modified with vocational education. Majors, modules and options are explained in detail in the examination regulations.