Teaching at Secondary Schools

Deutsch – Lehramt an Gymnasien


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Subject Studies
German Studies addresses the capacity and effects of the German language and literature in German as regards its historical development, its aesthetic particularity, and its social conditions on a scientific level. The degree programme at the TU Darmstadt is oriented towards the three components of German Studies Modern German Literary Studies, German Linguistics and German Language and Literature of the Middle Ages (Medieval Studies). In the course of their studies, students can choose either Literary Studies or Linguistics as their focus.

Subject-related Didactics
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good German lessons within the modules of Subject-related Didactics. These skills are directly applied to the Practical Phasesand are enhanced throughout additional methodological components of the programme. They contain skills regarding the framework conditions and task areas of linguistic and literary lessons and an overview of target-group-oriented teaching and communication techniques in schools.

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Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for Linguistics and Literature

Centre for Teacher Training


General Information

Degree First State Examination
Duration 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)
Langugage German
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 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; certified skills in German must be proven; further information
Admission Procedure unrestricted
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 B2 level (CEF) are higlhy recommended, but not a condition for admission.

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Degree Programme Structure



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