Philosophy/Ethics (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)
(Philosophie/Ethik, 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: |
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
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.
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.
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.
Advice for Prospective LaG Students
Philosophy attempts to reveal and interpret the nature, thinking and actions of human beings. From this comprehensive basic idea, it is initially not a specialized science; it is free to turn to the most different issues and areas.
For a successful course of study of Philosophy, the students’ willingness to spend a sufficient amount of time on reading demanding texts is necessary. Comprehending philosophical literature and its argumentation requires concentration and intellectual reflection on an elevated level. Students thus need strong language comprehension skills as well their own linguistic precision and the ability to think in an abstract way. Apart from philosophical prior knowledge, a sound basic knowledge of history, ethics and history of religion make the initial stage of programme easier.
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
|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)