History

Teaching at Secondary Schools

Geschichte – 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, 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.

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Description

Subject Studies
The subject History addresses the research and interpretation of the past. This is carried out by interpreting historical sources using specific methods. In this context, the programme is divided into the four components of historical studies (Ancient History, Medieval History, Recent History, History of Technology).

Subject-related Didactics
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good History lessons in the 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.

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Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Study Regulations Practical Phases

Course Catalogue

Institute for History

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

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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).

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Degree First State Examination
Duration 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)
Programme start
Language: German
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
Latin: Proof of Latin language skills (Latinum or equivalent) has to be submitted at the latest by the end of the fifth semester.
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 Technical University of 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
  • Additional Practical Phases (see below “Degree Programme Structure”).
Part-time Studies no
Special Features
  • Competent language skills in English are essential for a successful completion of the studies.
  • Online Self-Assessment

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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).

Complementary Studies – Teaching at Secondary Schools

Related Bachelors' Degree Programmes

History, J.B.A.

History with a focus on Modern History, B.A.

Related Masters Degree Programmes

History, M.A.

History, M.Ed.

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.

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