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Teaching Qualification for Lower - Secondary Education (Teaching Degree)

Taught in German. All language subjects are also taught in the respective language; almost all English courses are taught in English. The degree programme in lower-secondary education, or 'L2' as it is known, prepares students to teach Years 5-10 at German Hauptschulen and Realschulen but also the same level at grammar schools (Gymnasien).

Overview

Number of enrolled students

1682 students are enrolled in this degree course (as of winter semester 2016/17).
Overview

Overview

The degree programme Lehramt L2 (the teaching qualification for Lower - Secondary Education ), 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 (English, French). All L2 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 is three and a half years (7 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

For the two subjects they choose, students cover both the direct study of the particular subjects and the study of how those subjects can be taught in schools. For all subjects, this is done with a view to teaching Years 5-10 at all types of school, from purely lower-secondary schools to comprehensive schools (Gesamtschulen) to grammar schools.

For a degree in lower-secondary education, each student must choose two subjects from the following list (each subject can be combined with any other):

  • Work Studies  
  • Biology 3            
  • Chemistry
  • German 3
  • English 1
  • Geography 
  • Ethics
  • Protestant Theology 4
  • French 1
  • History
  • Computer Science
  • Catholic Theology4
  • Art 2
  • Mathematics 3   
  • Music 2
  • Physics 3
  • Politics and Economics 
  • Russian                         
  • Sport 2



Key

In the winter term, most likely no subjects will be limited internally
1
See language requirements.
2 See aptitude test before commencement of studies.
3 Please see preliminary course.

4 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).

 

Information on the contents of each subject can be found in the module plans and descriptions.

Justus Liebig University provides clash-free timetabling of teacher-training courses which are planned for the same semester. This is to ensure that our education degrees can really be completed in the standard number of semesters. In order to achieve this, however, subjects which students have to date rarely chosen to combine have had to be scheduled simultaneously. JLU can therefore no longer support the combination of these subjects, with the result that it may not be possible for students who choose them to complete their degrees in the standard time. These unguaranteed combinations are as follows:

 

  • Chemistry/Russian
  • German/Chemistry
  • Physics/French
  • Geography/Physics
  • Geography/French
  • History/Physics
  • Art/Work Studies
  • Music/Art
  • Music/Work Studies
  • Politics and Economics/Chemistry
  • Politics and Economics/Russian
  • Protestant or Catholic Theology/Geography
  • Protestant or Catholic Theology/French
  • Protestant or Catholic Theology/Physics
  • Ethics/Catholic Theology
  • Ethics/Protestant Theology
  • Ethics/Geography
  • Ethics/Physics
  • Ethics/French

 

Students who choose to combine three or more subjects as part of a degree in lower-secondary education must expect to find it very difficult to complete the programme in the standard time, not only in the face of very high students numbers but also because JLU cannot guarantee that timetabling will be clash-free in such cases.

The university does not prohibit the above subject combinations, though it cannot guarantee that the standard number of semesters can be upheld. Any student wishing to take one of these combinations at his or her own risk may do so.

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
Subject Advisors Teaching Degree Progammes

Subject Advisors

pdfTeaching Degree Programmes

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).

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

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