Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Czech Language and Literature – Field of study catalogue MU
Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Czech Language and Literature
“Knowledge of mother tongue and literature shapes a culturally literate personality.”
The Master’s degree study programme in Czech Language and Literature for Teachers is conceived as a single-subject or a double-subject programme following the Bachelor’s degree study programme in Czech Language and Literature. It is aimed at students who are interested in complex professional training in the field of Czech studies from the viewpoint of both linguistics and literature that will ensure all competencies for high-quality pedagogical activities at secondary schools. Students acquire knowledge of Czech language and Czech literature throughout their development to the present day as well as the ability to reflect theoretically on the acquired knowledge. The degree programme offers a wide range of specialized courses, which provides the opportunity for variation in the professional focus: students may focus on dialectology, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, Czech as a foreign language, etc. in linguistic courses, or they may focus on editorial work, children’s literature, translation theory, etc. in literary courses. With regard to the pedagogical aims, the degree programme is considerably focused on pedagogy and psychology for teachers as well as on didactic aspects of the field of study. Adequate qualification and the necessary level of professional adaptability with regard to practical requirements will be ensured. In addition to being qualified to teach at secondary schools, graduates from both the single-subject and double-subject study programmes are capable of holding positions in which complex knowledge of the Czech language and literature is required, as well as the ability to have practically orientated command of a prestigious variety of Czech in communication practice or the readiness for managing work in various media and cultural institutions.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- apply their professional education in the field of Czech studies and a variety of specialized fields as an expert in both linguistics (onomastics, dialectology, corpus linguistics, etc.) and literary science
- have perfect command of codified standard Czech and a thorough understanding of the development of this prestigious language variety
- display knowledge of Czech literature in a comparative perspective
- gain an understanding of linguistic and literary theories, concepts, and methodology of working with any kind of text and gain independent writing and composition skills
- work independently with literary and scholarly texts
- create and present scholarly texts in compliance with academic standards
- plan, prepare, and lead Czech and Literature lessons at secondary schools
- draft individual Czech and Literature lessons at secondary schools by using contemporary teaching and assessment techniques
Graduates who have received their Master’s degree in Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Czech Language and Literature will be suitable for teaching posts at all kinds of secondary school and as teachers of Czech for foreign students. In addition to a career in teaching, graduates will be suitable for a number of posts that require deep expert knowledge of Czech language and literature. Graduates are also trained for independent research, critical assessment, and appropriate uses of various sources of information. They can create and operate language and survey software applications. They are qualified for specialized positions in media (both printed and electronic), publishing houses, and other cultural institutions, in state administration and in the private sector as professional experts, including journalists, editors, spokespersons, documentarians, language consultants, proof-readers, and instructors. Double-subject graduates will be suitable for an even wider range of positions, thanks to the second study programme – if they study other languages, they can qualify for positions involving translation and interpretation. Graduates who are interested in further education have a theoretical and methodological background for the doctoral degree study programme.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits for type A/required, type B/selective and type C/elective courses. Credits are divided for double-subject study programme students. Type A/required courses form the basis of the discipline and are strictly regulated by programme’s accreditation. Students must also pass the faculty courses that are mandatory for all study programmes. Type B/selective courses are modified in accordance with the current situation, the development of particular disciplines, the market requirements of the moment, and the department’s current possibilities. Type C/elective courses can be chosen from those offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme depending on students’ interests and on their future professional orientation.
Throughout their period of study, students are to follow the course catalogue and the control template of the year of their matriculation. Study catalogues valid for individual years of matriculation can be found on faculty website.
Students are expected to complete two to four week compulsory teaching practice at a variety of secondary schools (in accordance with the requirements of single-subject or double-subject study programmes).
Students must meet all requirements set by the study programme and registered in their particular control template in the Masaryk University Information System, after which they can take the final state examination, which has four parts.
1. Defence of the Master’s degree diploma thesis (for students in the degree study programme).
2. Oral exam in Czech language and literature. The exam has two parts that are focused on language and literature respectively. Questions are based on topics available on the websites of both the Department of Czech Language and the Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies.
3. Oral exam in professional didactics.
4. Written exam in basic pedagogy and psychology.
The study programme in Czech language and literature creates prerequisites for gifted students to pursue a doctoral degree study programme in the fields of Czech language or Czech literature.
Ústav českého jazyka (Department of Czech Language): http://cestina.phil.muni.cz/
Ústav české literatury a knihovnictví (Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies): http://ceska-literatura.phil.muni.cz/
Filozofická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity (Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University): http://www.phil.muni.cz/