Mathematics (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)
(Mathematik, LaG – Lehramt an Gymnasien)
|Degree: First State Examination|
|Duration: 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)|
|Language: German, individual courses in English|
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: aptitude test|
|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.
Apart from acquiring mathematical fundamental knowledge (linear algebra, stochastics, geometry), the programme provides the opportunity of attending advanced lectures of mathematics within the framework of the combination module.
In the module Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning, the students continuously develop the methodological fundamentals of good Mathematics lessons. These skills are directly applied to the Practical Phases and are enhanced throughout additional methodological components of the program. The combination module mentioned above builds bridges between advanced mathematics and teaching mathematics in schools.
Advice for Prospective LaG Students
Mathematics is key science as mathematical models and calculations form the foundation of science and engineering whose progress is shaping today’s world. Mathematics uses – in very simple terms – assumptions (axioms) with which it seeks to deduce general statements on the basis of conclusive, strictly logical proof. Furthermore, it also has an interface to the humanities, for instance in the area of logic.
Apart from intellectual creativity, those interested in studying Mathematics therefore require a high level of abstraction capability, logical-analytical thinking, the ability to approach complex problems systematically, and last but not least an exact working method.
As teachers are always also ambassadors for their subject, they should be enthusiastic about mathematics. Along with good or excellent skills priorly obtained in school, this is absolutely necessary for the program.
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.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
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 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)