Good teachers in the natural sciences and especially in physics are of central importance for awakening pupils' interest in technical and scientific careers.
In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the job description of a physics teacher also includes pedagogical and didactic skills. Specialist training is provided by experts at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in the form of lectures, practical courses and seminars. Our university has traditionally emphasised practical relevance and subject didactics above and beyond what is required by the teacher training examination regulations. In particular, the work placement that accompanies the degree programme, accompanied by teachers and university lecturers, focuses on independent preparation and implementation of lessons at school. Most of the lectures are offered specifically for teacher training students, with specialised didactic courses supplementing the subject-specific content.
In addition to subject-specific training, the Chair of Physics and its Didactics focuses on teaching educational and didactic methods. The newly established Mathematics, Information Technology and Science Didactics Centre (MIND Centre) offers interdisciplinary courses designed jointly by the various science faculties. In order to improve the professional and practical relevance of teacher training, the MIND Centre is setting up student laboratories in which phenomena from science and technology are taught to pupils by student teachers.
Depending on the subject constellation and type of school, a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts can be obtained parallel to the science teacher training programme - and thus a highly sought-after qualification for non-school professions.
After the first state examination, there is the possibility of a doctorate in physics and thus for further careers in research and development laboratories.
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