Teaching at Secondary Schools; tuition language: German
Deutsch – Lehramt an Gymnasien
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, and additionally the ‚Bildungswissenschaften‘ (educational sciences) and the ‚MINT-orientierter interdisziplinärer Vernetzungsbereich‘ (MINT = STEM). With an in-company internship (called ‚Betriebspraktikum‘) as well as Practical Phases in school (‚Grundpraktikum‘ and ‚Praxissemester‘) the programme is quite practice-oriented.
Additionally, complementary studies for a third subject (‚Ergänzungsstudium Lehramt‘) are possible.
The courses are taught in German.
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 Technical University of 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 Semester and 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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Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule
Institute for Linguistics and Literature
The Vernetzungsbereich is a joint offer of the subjects and the Bildungswissenschaften (educational sciences), which is available to students depending on their subject combination.
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 STEM-major or no STEM-major).
Practical training (praktische Ausbildung) as part of the study program consists of a basic internship (‚Grundpraktikum‘) in the first half and a practical semester (‚Praxissemester‘) in the second half of the respective study program. The focus of the basic internship/‘Grundpraktikum‘ is the reflection of one's own suitability for the profession as a teacher in the respective teaching profession. The focus of the internship semester/‘Praxissemester‘ is in particular the reflection of pedagogical action on the basis of the knowledge acquired and deepened during the course of study.
At first hand: A student's perspective
For enrolment in the complementary teacher training programme, in particular you need to already have a First State Examination or an equivalent qualification such as Master of Education or you must be currently enrolled in a teacher training course (teaching profession at secondary schools, Bachelor of Education, Master of Education).
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.