Philosophy/Ethics (LaG - Teaching at Secondary Schools)

 

Philosophy/Ethics (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)

(Philosophie/Ethik, LaG – Lehramt an Gymnasien)

 
 

General Information

Degree: First State Examination
Duration: 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)
Language: German
Internship:
For a successful completion of the Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) degree programme, the students need to fulfill the following requirements:
  • an orientation internship of a minimum duration of four weeks that should be completed before the start of the programme (no requirement for registration) and must be proven at the latest before beginning the Practical Phase I. The competent department is the TU Darmstadt Center for Teacher Training;
  • an in-company internship of a minimum duration of eight weeks in a production, processing, trade, or service company. It must be proven at the latest when registering for the First State Examination. The competent institution is the Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie (state school board) in Darmstadt
  • Practical Phase I, Practical Phase II and Practical Phase III (see below “Degree Programme Structure”).
Requirements for Admission: general university entrance degree, similar foreign diplomas; further information.
Admission Procedure: unrestricted; further information. 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:
1. For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.
2. English language skills on a B2 level (CEF) are strongly recommended.
 

Degree Programme Structure

Degree Programme Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) – click to enlarge
Degree Programme Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) – click to enlarge

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.

Vernetzungsbereich

Vernetzungsbereich – click to enlarge
Vernetzungsbereich – click to enlarge

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).

Grundwissenschaften

Grundwissenschaften (Fundamental Studies)
Grundwissenschaften (Fundamental Studies)

The Grundwissenschaften (Fundamental Studies) comprise Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology and Political Studies; including the Practical Phase I module.

Content

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

Subject Studies
Student teachers receive a broad scientific education in Philosophy; therefore, their education in the subject “Philosophy” also fully qualifies students to teach “Ethics” in schools. Generally speaking, the subject Philosophy/Ethics addresses fundamental questions of human thinking and actions on a scientific and systematic level. This particularly includes questions regarding the justification of moral norms, the foundation of moral judgement as well as the validity of social and political order. Furthermore, Philosophy examines the validity of knowledge acquisition, methods, principles, arguments and theories of any kind and any discipline.

Subject-related Didactics
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good Philosophy and Ethics lessons in the the modules of Subject-related Didactics. They contain skills regarding the framework conditions and task areas of Philosophy and Ethics lessons and an overview of target-group-oriented teaching and communication techniques in schools. These skills are directly applied to the Practical Phases and are enhanced throughout additional methodological components of the programme.

More information:

Modulhandbuch (Module Handbook)

Vorlesungsverzeichnis (Course Catalogue)

Institut für Philosophie (Institute for Philosophy)

 

Start smart

Use these tools for a smart start into the programme:

Online Self-Assessment

Orientierungswoche (OWO) LaG (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.

Orientierungswoche (OWO) Department 2 (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.

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