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The "School Management" distance learning Master's degree (held in German)

Successfully master new tasks and challenges in school management

Due to social and political changes, the challenges associated with running schools are growing. As such, head teachers are having to take on new and sometimes unfamiliar duties. These involve changed roles and responsibilities, moving away from purely teaching and school administration to become organization managers and active initiators of school development processes with extensive new skills.

Target group

The two-year, accredited "School Management" distance learning Master's degree is aimed at university graduates with at least one year of professional experience in the school sector. This course is ideal for anyone already working in school management, as well as teachers and educational staff seeking a position at a school, in school administration or at any other educational institution.

In exceptional cases, applicants for the master distance learning course "School Management" may also be accepted for the winter term 2013/14, who have relevant work experience but have not graduated for a university. These applicants must prove relevant professional work experience and have to pass an aptitude test. More information about this test (conducted in German) can be found here.

The course is held entirely in German.


The DISC has been offering this course since 2000, providing students with scientifically-based further training to support them in their professional and qualified running of schools. This enables them to develop, implement, monitor and continually optimize school development processes in the areas of organizational development, personnel development and lesson development, as well as establish a comprehensive system of quality management. The "School Management" course concludes with the academic grade "Master of Arts" (MA).

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study, including examination time, is four terms. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The lectures, exercises and seminars of the "School Management" distance learning degree are provided in the form of written study material specially developed for distance learning. A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to process the material. In addition to this, online seminars are also offered via a learning platform for selected study modules. More information about the application process can be found here.


On campus events

A compulsory on campus event takes place at the end of each term for all participants working towards the "School Management" distance learning degree. The goal of these events is to reinforce the course contents through group work and workshops, discuss questions on the study material and debate the practical implementation of the program content. Written examinations form part of the on campus events held at the end of the 1st and 4th term.

In certain circumstances and based on a written application, students who are unable to attend the on campus events due to overseas work commitments have the option of taking the written examinations at a Goethe Institute or a German embassy.


Program content

The "School Management" distance learning Master's degree encompasses nine study modules. Among other topics, these modules cover the fields of learning and changes in learning culture, leadership and change management, education policy and school law, teaching quality, team development and communication, personnel management, school development, educational research and quality management. You can find further information, for example on the curriculum and examination regulations, in the download area. This can be accessed at any time via the link in the download box at the top right of the navigation bar.


Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:


Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
SM 0100 Lernen und Lernkultur(-wandel)
SM0110: Lernkulturwandel durch Kompetenzentwicklung
SM0120: Lernkulturwandel und Projektmanagement
SM0130: Individuen und Organisationen als Lernende
Prof. Dr. Rolf Arnold
Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schüßler
Prof. Dr. Henning Pätzold
SM 0200 Führung / Leadership und Management
SM0210: Pädagogisches Leadership
SM0220: Change Management und Organisationsentwicklung
SM0230: Schulorganisation und Schulmanagement
Prof. Dr. Michael Schratz
Leonhard Horster
Dr. Herbert Buchen
SM 0300 Bildungspolitik und Schulrecht
SM0310: Entwicklungen und Trends der Schulpolitik
SM0320: Schulrecht
Prof. em. Dr. Klaus Klemm
Prof. Dr. Johannes Rux
SM 0400 Aktuelle Erziehungsentwicklungen und Schulkultur
SM0410: Sozialisation und Erziehung in der Schule
SM0420: Auf dem Weg zur inklusiven Schule
SM0430: Ganztagsschule
Prof. em. Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Tillmann
Prof. em. Dr. Marianne Horstkemper
Prof. Dr. Rolf Wernig
Prof. Dr. Meltem Avci-Wernig
Dr. Jessica Löser
Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels
SM 0500 Unterrichtsentwicklung und -qualität
SM0510: Unterrichtsqualität - Konzepte, Messung, Veränderung
SM0520: Unterrichtsentwicklung
Prof. em. Dr. Andreas Helmke
Prof. em. Dr. Johannes Bastian
Michele Eschelmüller
SM 0600 Teamentwicklung und Kommunikation
SM0610: Teamkooperation und Teamentwicklung in der Schule
SM0620: Kollegiale Beratung und professionelle Gesprächsformen
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schley
Dr. Norbert Posse
SM 0700 Personal- und Gesundheitsmanagement
SM0710: Personalmanagement
SM0720: Tools zu Personalmanagement
SM0730: Gesundheitsmanagement als Aufgabe der Schulleitung
Prof. em. Dr.Dres. h.c. Rolf Dubs
Hans Joachim Schmidt
Peter Nietlispach
Dr. h.c. Heinz Hundeloh
SM 0800 Internationale Entwicklung
SM0810: Internationale Vergleichsuntersuchungen
SM0820: Internationale Entwicklungen von Schulleitungsaufgaben und -forschung
Prof. Dr. Isabell von Ackern
Dr. Svenja Mareike Kühn
Prof. em. Dr.Dres. h.c. Rolf Dubs
SM 0900 Schul- und Organisationsentwicklung
SM0910: Konzepte, Verfahren und Perspektiven der Schulentwicklung
SM0920: Schulentwicklung auf Systemebene
SM0930: Marketing, Budgetierung und Controlling an Schulen
Prof. em. Dr. Hans-Günter Rolff
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huber
Dr. Armin Lohmann
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hoffjan
SM 1000 Qualität und Evaluation
SM1010: Qualitätsmanagement in Schulen
SM1020: Externe Evaluation und Schulinspektion
SM1030: Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungsmethoden für Schulevaluation
Prof. Dr. Claus Buhren
Prof. em. Dr. Hans-Günter Rolff
Norbert Maritzen
Prof. Dr. Martin Bonsen
Prof. Dr. Andreas Büchter


Sample texts

Sample texts from selected modules in PDF format:



All participants in the "School Management" distance learning degree must gain 60 credit points in order to graduate. Records of achievement are required during the course to reach the necessary number of points. These take the form of send-in assignments, successful participation in online seminars, one portfolio paper, two examinations, one home assignment and submission of a Master's dissertation. Once all assignments and examinations have been successfully completed and a Master's dissertation submitted, the distance learning degree is concluded with the academic title "Master of Arts" (MA). Successful participants will then receive the following documents:

  • Report from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Certificate on awarding of the academic title Master of Arts
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in English



The study fees for the "School Management" distance learning Master's degree are 790 Euro per term. Added to this is a social contribution of 102 Euro per term. The one-off fee for the Master's examination is 500 Euro.  Starting from the third semester over the regular study time a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. These study fees cover all costs for the teaching material, participation in the on campus events, term exams and all administration expenses. However, they do not include any travel, accommodation or meal costs for the on campus events. The study fees are not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.


Financial Aid

The state can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can for example offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local inland revenue office or tax advisor for more information on this. In certain circumstances, the German state can also support you in your professional further training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the state and banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is unfortunately not possible.
We would be happy to speak with you about funding options, either on the telephone or in person.



The "School Management" distance learning degree is accredited with the academic title of "Master of Arts". The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is AQAS (www.aqas.de).



You can apply for the limited admission "School Management" distance learning degree from mid-May to mid-July of every year. Courses begin at the start of October. The documentation is also available for download and submission in a written application. You can also access the online application area via the link on the right.