Physics (LaG - Teaching at Secondary Schools)


Physics (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)

(Physik, LaG – Lehramt an Gymnasien)


General Information

Degree: First State Examination
Duration: 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)
Language: German
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: September 15
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

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 – 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 (Fundamental Studies)
Grundwissenschaften (Fundamental Studies)

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


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

Subject Studies
Apart from acquiring a basic knowledge of Physics, students gain insight into fundamental physical contexts within the framework of existing models and theories. Furthermore, they are to learn to present the fundamental models using experiments in order to apply and teach this specifically scientific procedure in their lessons.

Subject-related Didactics
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good Physics lessons within the modules of Subject-related Didactics. Student teachers learn how to develop concepts for their lessons, prepare contents in a student-friendly manner, address subject-specific learning difficulties and develop options for support. Students can thus become familiar with scientific ways of thinking and working methods with the objective of triggering an interest in and the comprehension of the laws of physics and their significance to technology and society. These skills are directly applied to the Practical Phases.

As mathematical knowledge is important for the study programme, it is recommended that beginners participate in the online mathematics pre-course offered by the Department of Mathematics.

The study programme starts with the Orientierungswoche (OWO) (orientation event) at the beginning of the first semester.

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