Physics (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)
(Physik, 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; 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
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 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.
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.
Further information may be found at:
Advice for prospective LaG students
Apart from solid mathematical-physical prior knowledge acquired in school, a strong scientific interest and the ability to study and work independently are central requirements for a successful course of study of Teaching Physics in Secondary Schools (Gymnasium). The willingness to work in English should be a matter of course as physical reference books and original literature are oftentimes written in English.
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)