Teaching at Secondary Schools
Deutsch – Lehramt an Gymnasien
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.
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.
|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|
|Programme Start||winter semester|
|Application Deadline||International applicants find their application deadline here.|
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.
Advice for Prospective Teacher Training Students
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.
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, complementary studies for a third subject (Ergänzungsstudium Lehramt) are possible.
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.
Supplementary Courses in Teaching
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.
Guidelines and Study Regulations
Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.