History (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)
(Geschichte, 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: |
|Admission Procedure: unlimited; further information|
|Part-time Studies: no|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: September 15|
Special Features: |
1. For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.
2. Competent language skills in English are essential for a successful completion of the studies.
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 subject History addresses the research and interpretation of the past. This is carried out by interpreting historical sources using specific methods. In this context, the programme is divided into the four components of historical studies (Ancient History, Medieval History, Recent History, History of Technology).
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good History lessons in the 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.
The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.
Advice for Prospective LaG Students
Unlike for example political science, which – put in simple terms – mainly examines structures and systems, and furthermore unlike for example philosophy, which is concerned with fundamental questions of human existence as such, the study of history examines concrete individual and special phenomena from different historical eras and attempts to comprehend them in their respective uniqueness and difference to, for example, the present. In accordance with the multitude of its possible objects, it is defined by a broad variety of approaches, which in turn requires a close cooperation and intertwining with neighboring disciplines such as the systematic social sciences.
The historical sourcesthat are relevant to the respective questions and that are examined using verifiable methods are the means of acquiring historical knowledge. The reception of research literature is just as important. As written sources as well as literature should ideally be read in their original form, foreign language skills are absolutely necessary. English is a requirement for admission; the students should additionally have good language skills in at least one other language (e.g. French, Latin), which might also be a requirement for admission depending on the orientation of the programme regarding content. Furthermore, an excellent command of German is indispensable and endurance when tackling challenging texts is not an insignificant trait in this context.
As teachers are always also ambassadors for their subject, they should be enthusiastic about it and willing to pass that enthusiasm on to their students.
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
|History (J.B.A.) (Geschichte, J.B.A.)|
|History (M.A.) (Geschichte, M.A.)|
|History (M.Ed.) (Geschichte, M.Ed.)|
|History with a focus on Modern History (B.A.) (Geschichte mit Schwerpunkt Moderne, B.A.)|
|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 administrativi 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)