Chemistry (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)
(Chemie, LaG – Lehramt an Gymnasien)
Degree: First State Examination|
|Duration: 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)|
For a successful completion of the Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) degree programme, the students need to fulfill the following requirements:
|Requirements for Admission: General university entrance degree, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: unrestricted|
|Part-time Studies: no|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
Degree Programme Structure
The Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) programme prepares the students for the teaching profession at Secondary Schools from grades 5 to 13. It consists of two subjects, the Grundwissenschaften and the MINT-orientierter interdisziplinärer Vernetzungsbereich (MINT= Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften, Technik). With an orientation internship, an in-company internship as well as Practical Phases in school and Extracurricular Teaching Practical Studies the programme is quite practice-oriented.
Additionally, from winter semester 2018/19 on complementary studies for a third subject (Ergänzungsstudium Lehramt) are scheduled to take effect.
The Vernetzungsbereich combines subjects from the natural, engineering and social sciences. The Elective and Mandatory Area of the Vernetzungsbereich vary depending on the choice of major in the degree programme (at least one MINT-major or no MINT-major).
The Grundwissenschaften (Fundamental Studies) comprise Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology and Political Studies; including the Practical Phase I module.
The scientific discipline of Chemistry deals with the structure, the characteristics, and the transformation of chemical substances. In the course of their studies, prospective teachers of Chemistry acquire the ability to give their students insight into the material composition of nature and the corresponding material processes. The specialist knowledge required here comprises the areas of General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and handling hazardous substances.
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good chemistry lessons within the modules of Subject-related Didactics. These skills are directly applied to the Practical Phases and are enhanced throughout additional methodological components of the programme.
Use these tools for a smart start into the programme:
Orientierungswoche (OWO) LaG (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Orientierungswoche (OWO) Chemistry (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Advice for Prospective LaG Students
Those who decide to pursue the studies of Chemistry within the framework of the Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) programme should not only be interested in science, but should already possess solid fundamental scientific as well as mathematical skills at the start of the programme.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
For an essential course of study, the students further need certain individual talents – for instance for spatial perception.
The study of chemistry does not only convey the theoretical fundamentals to comprehend reactions and draft new chemical compounds, but also the practical skills necessary for creating these compounds. Therefore, it is an essential requirement that the students are interested in experiments and their application for demonstrating scientific principles. Teachers are always also ambassadors for their subject and should be enthusiastic about it.
The Technical University offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study for your support: www.osa.tu-darmstadt.de.
Please also make use of the advice offered on the decision to pursue the teaching profession, which you will find here, as well as on the second subject.
Further information may, for example, also be found at:
Related Degree Programmes
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|Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) (Overview of subjects) (Lehramt an Gymnasien, Fächerübersicht)|
Teachers at Secondary Schools do not only teach their subjects but work within a greater pedagogical and organisational framework. They find positions not only at grammar schools (“Gymnasien”), but in different sectors of the widespread school system.
Valid statements on the future career perspectives are not easy to be made since they depend on a variety of factors, for example the range of subjects a teacher is able to teach. Other factors include the overall demographic development, political decisions and administrative regulations.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites (e.g.):
Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Hesse (Hessisches Kultusministerium)
www.lehrer-werden.de (German Language Only)