Politics and Economics (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools)
(Politik und Wirtschaft, LaG – Lehramt für Gymnasien)
Attention: Application/registration for this programme is currently not possible.
|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; certified skills in German must be proven; further information.|
|Admission Procedure: restrictions on admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)|
|Part-time Studies: no|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: July 15|
|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. Application/registration for this programme is currently not possible.
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.
The subject deals with fundamental political, social, and economic situations and contexts on a scientific level. Students acquire extensive knowledge of political and economic institutions, processes and ideas.
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good Politics and Economics lessons in the the modules of Subject-related Didactics. These skills are directly applied to thePractical Phases and are enhanced throughout additional methodological components of the programme.
See the course structure and content in detail on the schedule aside (click to enlarge).
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
Teachers of Politics and Economics convey extensive knowledge of political and economic institutions, processes and ideas to their students in a manner suitable for the classroom.
On the one hand, student teachers should thus possess well-founded knowledge acquired in school regarding political, societal and social structures. Knowledge of recent and contemporary history is beneficial as societal structures can only be comprehended based on their historical development.
On the other hand, they should have a strong interest in economic and administrative contexts. A solid mathematical basis is essential for a successful course of study as mathematics plays an important role time and time again in economic subjects (for example for analysing economic data).
An excellent command of the German written and spoken language is a central requirement for a successful course of study of Teaching Politics and Economics at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium). Good English language skills are strongly recommended.
As teachers are always also ambassadors for their subject, they should be enthusiastic about Politics and Economics. Along with good or excellent skills priorly obtained in school, this is absolutely necessary for the programme.
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)|
|Politics and Economics (M.Ed.) (Politik und Wirtschaft, M.Ed.)|
|Political Science (B.A.) (Politikwissenschaft, B.A.)|
|Political Science (J.B.A.) (Politikwissenschaft, J.B.A.)|
|Business Studies (J.B.A.) (Wirtschaftswissenschaften, J.B.A.)|
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)