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Teaching Qualification for Grammar Schools (Teaching Degree)

Taught in German. All language subjects are also taught in the respective language; almost all English courses are taught in English. The course of studies for the Lehramt L3 (the teaching qualification for grammar schools) prepares students for teaching secondary school years 5-13 in grammar schools and also for middle schools and secondary modern schools as well as for teaching general education classes in vocational schools.

Overview

Number of enrolled students

2505 students are enrolled in this degree course (as of winter semester 2016/17).
Overview

Overview

The degree programme Lehramt L3 (the teaching qualification for grammar schools), ends with the first state examination.

In Germany, teacher-training policy falls within the remit of the federal states' own education authorities. Because of this, programmes of study in the different states can vary in structure and content, particularly with regard to the number, range and combinations of school subjects in which teachers are trained. For those requiring information on teacher-training degrees and comprehensive teacher-training programmes which are run in Germany as a whole, the German Education Server provides a useful website.

 

An interest in the chosen courses' content and in particular working with children is expected. Openess, stability and self-reflectivity are further characteristics of this profession. The variety of subjects in the teaching degree programmes demands flexibility and an interest (depending on the chosen subject) on questions concerning natural sciences, languages and arts, as well as social-  and educational sciences

 

Prerequisites

Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver’s examination for university entrance) or equivalent in order to apply for teaching degree programmes leading to a state examination (NO university of applied science entrance qualification). Several subjects of the various teaching degree programmes require subject-specific prerequisites such as aptitude tests (Music, Art, Sport) or specific language requirements for Latin, English, Philosophy, Protestant Religion, Catholic Religion, French, History, Greek and Spanish. All L3 teacher-training students must provide evidence of an orientation placement of at least four weeks' duration. This is intended as an opportunity to gain an insight into their future careers. Students should complete their orientation placement before starting their degree programme and must have done so at the latest before starting their school-based studies during the lecture-free period.

Composition of Degree Programme

Degree

Degree

First state teaching examination

Duration of studies

Duration of Studies

The standard duration of this degree programme in primary education is four and a half years (9 Semesters).

Composition of the Study Programme

Structure of the Course of Studies

During the course of studies are dealt with at the same time and parallel to each other:

  • Educational and social sciences: sociology, political science, psychology, educational science (paedagogics)
  • Two school subjects
  • Practical teaching studies in schools, i.e. practical learning phases in schools with preparatory and post-experience analysis

In accordance with Hessian law governing teaching qualifications (Hessisches Lehrerbildungsgesetz), all education students must undertake a work placement. More on this...

 

Educational Science and Basic Science

The study of education and social sciences in this degree programme covers such areas as locations of education and development (e.g. family upbringing, school upbringing); learning theory; the social coexistence of pupils, parents and teachers; and the basics of democracy.

The four disciplines below are constituent parts of this degree programme because teachers are not only there to impart knowledge. It is also their duty to fulfil an important role in children's social development. In order to do this role justice, they must be able to understand and evaluate the structures and processes at play in school and in society as well as in a class and within the development of an individual pupil.

  • Pedagogy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

More information on the contents of the foundation part of the programme can be found in the module plans and descriptions.

 

Subjects

Teaching subjects

The two teaching subjects consist of the actual subjects themselves and the teaching strategies for these subjects. For the course of studies for the teaching qualification for grammar schools two subjects which may be combined freely must be chosen from the following list. (Please also read the information about the choice of subjects and the foreign language requirements, given below the list.)

  • Biology 1,4
  • Chemistry 4
  • German 4
  • English 2
  • Geography
  • Protestant Theology 2,5,7
  • French 2
  • History 2,5
 
  • Greek (Ancient Greek) 2,5
  • Informatics
  • Catholic Theology 2,5,7
  • Art 3,6
  • Latin 2
  • Mathematics 4
  • Music 3,6
  • Philosophy 2
  • Physics 4
  • Politics and Economics
  • Russian
  • Spanish 2
  • Sport 3

Requirements:

1 Probably limited acceptance of students in the winter term 2018/19 More...
2 See language requirements
3 See aptitude test. This takes place before commencement of the degree programme.
4 Please see preliminary course.

5 For students without a Latinum (Latin qualification), a preliminary course will be offered as an alternative to a Latin course during the semester. This course  is particularly recommended for prospective students of the subjects Protestant and Catholic Theology, Greek and Latin who have not acquired a Latinum since the parallel learning of the languages Latin and Greek during the first two semesters is a heavy load.

6 The combination of art and music is not possible. Further details concerning the choice of the second subject can be found below.

7 For teaching the subject Protestant Theology/ Catholic Theology and in order to hold denominational classes, a teaching permission for the subejct Religion is required (as it is the case with all other confessions).

 

The study of the subjects Art and Music involves a higher work load as the study of other subjects within the teaching qualification for grammar schools degree course. The work load is expressed in credit points (CP - "Leistungspunkte" or "LP" in German); Music and Art comprise 120 CP each, other subjects within this degree course comprise 90 CP. Therefore, the second subject which is combined with art or music is only studied for teaching at "Sekundarstufe I"- level (60 CP). Accordingly, please choose the second subject from those available for the teaching qualification for lower-secondary education. Please note that the second subject cannot be taught in the years 11-12 (Oberstufe) and that the subject "work studies" is not taught at grammar schools. The second subject can also be studied as a regular grammar school subject with 90 CP ("Sekundarstufe II"). However, it will not be possible to finish studies within the regular number of semesters in this case.

 

Information about the content of the individual subjects can be found in the Course Structure Diagram and the List of Modules.
Justus Liebig University offers teacher training classes in the same semester which do not collide or overlap. In this way students working for a teaching qualification are able to complete the course of studies within the planned number of semesters.

To make this possible, classes in subjects which to date have rarely been combined are now offered at the same time. Therefore, JLU does not support these combinations any more. As a result, it is still possible to study these combinations but with the limitation that it will be nearly impossible to finish within the regular number of semesters. The combinations which were thus affected were, for example:

  • Biology/Informatics
  • Chemistry/Russian
  • German/Chemistry
  • Geography/ Physics
  • Geography/French
  • Geography/Philosophy
  • French/Philosophy
  • History/Physics
  • Latin/Spanish
  • Latin/Informatics
  • Informatics/Spanish
  • Physics/French
  • Greek/English
  • Physics/Philosophy
  • Politics and Economics/Chemistry
  • Politics and Economics/Russian
  • Protestant /Catholic Theology and Geography
  • Protestant/Catholic Religion/French
  • Protestant/Catholic Religion/Philosophy
  • Protestant/Catholic Religion/Physics
  • Art/Work Studies
  • Music/Work Studies

If three or more subjects are studied in combination, one must expect not only that the completion of studies in the regular period of time will be impossible because of the larger amount of material to be dealt with but also because the guaranteed avoidance of subjects colliding is not possible with such a broad combination of subjects.

The university is not going to block the subject combinations mentioned above but it cannot offer a chance to complete such courses of study in the regular study period. Students who enroll in such courses of study at their own risk will not be hindered.

Intermediate assessment for all teacher-training degrees

Intermediate assessment

In all our teacher-training degree programmes, students face intermediate assessment after the first half of the minimum duration of their studies (4th semester). This does not involve them sitting in an exam; instead, each students' intermediate grade is derived from the accumulated grades achieved in modules amounting to a specified number of credit points. In very exceptional circumstances based on valid reasons, students have the possibility to face the intermediate assessment until the end of the 6th semester.

This intermediate grade and the first school placement are intended to confirm students' aptitude for their chosen profession. It follows that continued failure to pass the intermediate assessment and the first period of school-based study by the final deadline will result in students' loss of permission to proceed with their chosen degree. Assessment webpage of the Centre for Teacher Training

First State Examination and Teaching Practice

First State Examination and Teaching Practice / Working as a trainee teacher

  • The teaching degree progamme ends with the first state examination. More on this…
  • After the first state examination, students undertake the second phase of school-based study, known in German as 'Vorbereitungsdienst', 'Referendariat' or 'Ref'. More on this...

Application

Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements

  1. Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver`s examination for university entrance) or equivalent in order to apply for teaching degree programmes leading to a state examination (NO university of applied science entrance qualification). More on this...
  2. Several subjects of the various teaching degree programmes require subject-specific prerequisites such as
  3. All teacher-training students must provide evidence of an orientation placement of at least four weeks' duration. This is intended as an opportunity to gain an insight into their future careers. Students should complete their orientation placement before starting their degree programme and must have done so at the latest before starting their school-based studies during the lecture-free period. More on this...
Application limited internally only winter semester

Application for admission and registration

  • The intake capacity for the subject areas of electrical engineering and metal engineering of this degree programme is limited internally by the university. Admission is decided by the university following the guidelines of the Hessian admissions policy. More on this...
  • The intake capacity for the subject areas of agricultural economics, nutrition and home economics is not limited.
  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by 15th July. More on this...
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...
First State Examination and Teaching Practice

First State Examination and Teaching Practice / Working as a trainee teacher

  • The teaching degree progamme ends with the first state examination. More on this…
  • After the first state examination, students undertake the second phase of school-based study, known in German as 'Vorbereitungsdienst', 'Referendariat' or 'Ref'. More on this...

Further Information

Contact

Contact
ZfL- Centre for Teacher Training

Centre for Teacher Training (ZfL)

  • Examinations Office
  • School-Based Study

Office hours and a list of the advisors can be found on the website of the Centre for Teacher Training (ZfL).

Subject Advisors Teaching Degree Progammes

Subject Advisors

pdfTeaching Degree Programmes

Central Study Advisor
Wiebke Blumenthal, M.A.
Central Student Services

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