Chemistry

Teaching at Secondary Schools

Chemie – Lehramt an Gymnasien

Description

Subject Studies
The scientific discipline of Chemistry deals with the structure, the characteristics, and the transformation of chemical substances. In the course of their studies, prospective teachers of Chemistry acquire the ability to give their students insight into the material composition of nature and the corresponding material processes. The specialist knowledge required here comprises the areas of General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and handling hazardous substances.

Subject-related Didactics
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good chemistry lessons within the modules of Subject-related Didactics. These skills are directly applied to the Practical Phases and are enhanced throughout additional methodological components of the programme.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Chemistry

Centre for Teacher Education

To enlarge / show pdf please click on the picture.
Degree First State Examination
Duration 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)
Language: German
Programme Start winter semester
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
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 Education;
  • 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”).
Part-time Studies no
Special Features Online Self-Assessment

Teachers need both specialist knowledge in their subjects and pedagogical skills. The semester course schedule (in the next paragraph) provides information on the subject knowledge required for the programme.

If you are wondering whether a teacher training course is the right thing for you at all, if you would like to learn more about a teacher's day-to-day work and whether you can cope with the demands of the profession, you can turn to the Eignungsberatung (aptitude counselling) of the Centre for Teacher Education.

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, complementary studies for a third subject (Ergänzungsstudium Lehramt) are possible.

Degree Programme Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) – 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).

Vernetzungsbereich – click to enlarge

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

Grundwissenschaften (Fundamental Studies)

Use these tools for a smart start into the programme:

Mathematics pre-course

Online-Mathematics pre-course

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

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

Online Self-Assessment

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.

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations

Study Regulations Practical Phases

General Examination Terms of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.