Study Programme in Teaching Mathematics at Secondary Schools
The Study Programme in Teaching Mathematics trains you to become a teacher at Secondary Schools (Gymnasium) in Years 5 to 13. The course covers both mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. You also have to study an additional teaching subject as well as the basic sciences which include education and social science. Additional information can be found on the webpages of the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung (ZfL).
You can also visit General Information on the Bachelor’s Programme in Mathematics – Teaching at Secondary Schools, from which the linked overviews of study programmes are taken.
The Study Programme in Teaching Mathematics takes nine semesters and comprises training in two subjects (90 CPs each) as well as the so-called basic sciences (60 CPs). It culminates in the First State Examination for Teachers at Secondary Schools at the end of the first phase of the course.
In the basic sciences you study educational science, including elements of teaching methodology, psychology, sociology and political studies. You also do a general educational work-experience module (Practical Phase I).
We teach both the subject-specific science and the relevant teaching methodology in every subject.
In mathematics we place great emphasis on a strong linkage between subject-specific science and the relevant teaching methodology: Whilst the course covers the same contents as the Bachelor’s programme in the initial semesters, later on, you will also study teaching methodology. In the so-called “combi modules”, advanced scientific contents are linked to subject-related teaching methodology.
The programme culminates in the “First State Examination for Teachers at Secondary Schools”, known as the First State Examination (see also the website of the Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie(in German only)). The First State Examination in Mathematics takes the form of a one-hour oral examination or a four-hour written examination (vice versa in the second subject). You will be examined on the modules stochastics, analysis and linear algebra as well as teaching and learning mathematics. Currently, the examination is weighted 3:2:3 as follows
• Analysis II or Linear Algebra II
• Fundamentals of teaching and learning mathematics
You will find details on the Initiates information sheet (in German only). For further information consult the Programme Regulations (see below).
Bilingual course and examination specifications
Since the winter semester 2009/2010, students taking the Study Programme in Teaching Mathematics at Secondary Schools have had the option of doing some of the subject-specific and teaching methodology modules in English. The relevant grades and credit points are stated separately on the degree certificate. Graduates can present this document when applying to schools with a pertinent profile.
In mathematics, you are recommended to take the following modules and parts of modules from the bilingual Bachelor’s portfolio (28 of 60 CPs in English):
- Linear Algebra (18 CPs) or Analysis (18 CPs)
- Both mathematical electives in both combi modules (5 CPs each)
In teaching methodology, you are recommended to take the following modules and parts of modules (6 of 30 CPs in English):
Both teaching methodology seminars on the mathematical electives in the combi modules:
- Media seminar (3 CPs) and
- Online practice course (3CPs)
- In the combi modules, (oral) examinations are held exclusively on the students’ relevant portfolios
For all the important material, such as the University Regulations applying to this course, visit the download area.