Philosophy/Ethics

Teaching at Secondary Schools

Philosophie/Ethik – Lehramt an Gymnasien

Description

Subject Studies
The subject Philosophy/Ethics addresses fundamental questions of human thinking and actions on a scientific and systematic level. This particularly includes questions regarding the justification of moral norms, the foundation of moral judgement as well as the validity of social and political order. Furthermore, Philosophy examines the validity of knowledge acquisition, methods, principles, arguments and theories of any kind and any discipline.

Subject-related Didactics
To help students become good teachers is the aim of didactics. Students get to understand the larger framework of Philosophy and Ethics teaching and acquire fundamental teaching and communication skills. They apply and further train these skills during the Practical Phases that are an integral part of the programme.

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for Philosophy

Centre for Teacher Training

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Degree First State Examination
Duration 9 semesters (for two academic subjects)
Language: 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”).
Admission general university entrance degree, similar foreign diplomas; further information
Procedure unrestricted Note: Separate admission is required for the second subject within the Teaching at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) programme.
Part-time Studies no
Programme Start winter semester
Application Deadline International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application Online application
Special Features English language skills B2 level (CEF) are higlhy recommended, but not a condition for admission.

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:

Online Self-Assessment

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

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

Overview of all teaching at Secondary Schools Degree Programme Guidelines/Study regulations.

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.