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Chemistry (teaching degree)

What is the degree programme about?

The subject content of the degree programme is largely determined by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts and includes an introduction to inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as physics as a minor subject. As in Bachelor's degree programmes, the theory learnt in lectures and seminars is put into practice in laboratory courses.

In the teaching degree programme, tutorials on giving presentations and carrying out experiments are also part of the timetable. In these tutorials you learn how to include chemical experiments in chemistry classes in a useful and professional way. If you are studying to become a teacher at a Gymnasium you can take specialist lectures from all three sub-disciplines of chemistry and complete a placement that will allow you to look beyond the scope of the degree programme and learn more about chemistry research.

Specialist knowledge is very important for chemistry teachers. The challenge at school is to share this knowledge with pupils in the right way. In light of this, you will learn about teaching chemistry from both the teacher's and the pupil's perspective. You will learn how to teach pupils to think and work in a way that is appropriate for the natural sciences, which teaching methods work well for chemistry, what the rules and conditions for teaching chemistry are, what makes a successful chemistry lesson and, above all, how to design demonstration experiments and experiments for pupils which will enrich your teaching. You will also practice guiding pupils in their experiments.

What qualities and skills do I need?

Due to the modular structure of the degree programme, previous knowledge of chemistry is an advantage. If you only studied a little chemistry at school or did not study it at all you will be at a disadvantage compared to students who spent several years taking chemistry classes. Unfortunately this increases the likelihood that you may not complete the degree programme.

The most important thing is that you have an interest in the material so that you enjoy your studies, even at times when it may get a little stressful.

Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

If you study the degree programme to teach at a Gymnasium you can apply for a Bachelor of Science after six semesters which will allow you to study a Master's degree programme and change to a career in research.

Potential challenges

You will find it easier if you have an interest in sciences in general, as certain sub-disciplines of chemistry (e.g. biochemistry) also require you to have or to gain basic knowledge of physics and mathematics.

You will need to be good at organising your own time as the study plan is not completely set out for you. You must make some decisions yourself as to which courses and examinations fit into your study plan best and make sure that you do not take on too much at once.

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Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: State Examination
Type of study: Teaching Degree
Location: Erlangen, Nuremberg
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences

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