Philosophy/Ethics

Teaching at Secondary Schools

Philosophie/Ethik – 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 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.

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Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Study Regulations Practical Phases

Course Catalogue

Institute for Philosophy

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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.
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 Centre 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
  • English language skills B2 level (CEF) are highly recommended, but not a condition for admission.
Preparatory steps:

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

Philosophy, J.B.A.

Related Masters Degree Programmes

Philosophy, M.A.

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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