Computer Science

Complementary Studies – Teaching at Secondary Schools

Informatik, Ergänzungsstudiengang Lehramt


Subject Studies
Generally speaking, Computer Science addresses the systematic processing of information on digital devices. Closely related to mathematics in its formal fundamentals, it is also an engineering discipline that has developed out of a need for fast and reliable calculations of all sorts.

Students enrolled in the programme Teaching Computer Science at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) primarily learn about the fundamentals of the subject.

Subject-related Didactics
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good Informatics lessons within the modules of Subject-related Didactics.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Computer Science

Centre for Teacher Training

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Degree “Erweiterungsprüfung” (additional examination) as per § 33 Hessisches Lehrerbildungsgesetz HLbG
Duration 4 semesters (80 CP)
Language: German
  • Applicants have already completely acquired a First State Examination or an equivalent degree as e.g. Master of Education, or
  • Applicants are already inscribed into a teaching degree (LaG – Teaching at Secondary Schools, Bachelor of Education, Master of Education).
  • § 54 Hessisches Hochschulgesetz (HHG) applies.
  • Simultaneous enrolment in the same subject in a Complementary Studies – Teaching at Secondary Schools programme and in a Master of Education programme is not possible.
  • As long as a First State Examination has not yet been successfully passed, or an equivalent degree acquired, only one subject in the Complementary Studies – Teaching at Secondary Schools programme can be studied.
Procedure unrestricted
Part-time Studies no
Programme Start winter semester
Application Deadline International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application Online application
Special Features
  • The Practical Phase III and the 'Vernetzungsbereich' are no longer required.
  • If a subject is studied with the aim of taking the additional examination, the regulations of the respective subject-specific regulations apply accordingly.
  • The complementary course of study has no effect on the standard period of study for the First State Examination or the Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees.
  • The complementary course of study does not constitute an extension of the deadline.
  • It is not possible to write a thesis in the subject of supplementary studies.
  • No academic degree is awarded after successful completion of the complementary studies.
  • Further information can be found on the website of the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung.
  • Online Self-Assessment
Recommendation It is recommended to take up the Complimentary Teaching Degree Programme only after you have successfully studied your regular teaching degree programme and have gained a minimum of 90 CP in it already, in both subjects and in the Grundwissenschaften (Fundamental Studies) in a maximum of 6 semesters.
To help you organizing your Complimentary Teaching Degree Programme, the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung (Advisory for Teaching Programmes) offers individual counselling.

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

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

Course Catalogue

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