Computer Science (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)
(Informatik, 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. Note: Separate admission is required for the second subject within the Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) programme.|
|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.
Generally speaking, Computer Science addresses the systematic processing of information on digital devices. Closely related to mathematics in its formal fundamentals, it is also an engineering discipline that has developed out of a need for fast and reliable calculations of all sorts.
Students enrolled in the programme Teaching Computer Science at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) primarily learn about the fundamentals of the subject.
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good Informatics lessons within the modules of Subject-related Didactics.
Advice for Prospective LaG Students
Those who decide to pursue the studies of Computer Science within the framework of the Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) programme should have a basic understanding of logical, systems-oriented and complex issues. Existing experience with data structures, text processing programs or programming languages is advantageous but not a requirement for admission.
A solid mathematical basis is absolutely essential for a successful course of study as mathematical contents make up a large proportion of the programme especially in the first semesters.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
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
Teachers at Secondary Schools do not only teach their subjects but work within a greater pedagogicaland organizational 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 administratvie 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)