Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Pedagogy

The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet. - Aristotle

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The goal of this Master’s degree study programme is to prepare teachers to teach pedagogy at secondary schools in the Czech Republic. To this end, graduates are equipped with relevant competencies, obtained by studying specialized theories, pedagogy, and psychology, as well as pedagogical and didactic disciplines with an emphasis on the broader basis in pedagogical theories, pedagogy, and psychology, as well as diagnostics and special pedagogy on the one hand and the application aspects in pedagogy and didactics on the other.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • use their deep knowledge of the discipline
  • apply knowledge in the discipline in teaching students in line with the curricula of the secondary school
  • draw on a wide range of didactic methods and techniques including the use of ICT at school; approach students in a differentiated way
  • manage the teaching process in class, motivate students, and evaluate their performance
  • communicate and cooperate with students, their parents, colleagues and other external subjects efficiently
  • approach students in a differentiated way;

Graduates can find jobs at any of the secondary schools in the Czech Republic where pedagogy is taught as a subject.


The Master’s Teaching Degree in Pedagogy for Secondary Schools study programme is presented within the Teaching Degrees for Secondary Schools programmes offered by the Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. It is conceived as a four-semester Master’s degree programme.

In line with the educational programme and the nature of the Master’s study programme, the Teaching Degree in Pedagogy for Secondary Schools focuses on the following areas:

Theory and methodology: The goal is to provide students with expertise and theoretical knowledge as well as skills in domains important for performing the teaching profession such as research in social and educational phenomena, an overview of school policies issues, knowledge of systems of formal education (home and abroad), knowledge and skills in special pedagogy and diagnostics, an overview of approaches to school management and pedagogical evaluation etc.;

Pedagogy and psychology: The goal is to acquaint students comprehensively with issues in social pedagogy, general didactics, participants in education, as well as the major topics in psychology of education such as learning processes, pupil/student personality, teacher personality psychology, and many others;

Pedagogy and didactics: The focus is on development of professional, social, and personal competences. Students focus specifically on teaching pedagogy at secondary schools including pedagogical record-keeping, communication with parents and colleagues, etc.


Practical training is an inseparable part of the study and its culmination. The practical training involves exposure to the classroom as well as getting acquainted with and sometimes even participating in different school activities (such as taking part in school library management under supervision, helping organize practical training and/or leisure-time activities, attending teaching staff meetings where possible, etc.). In this way, students are able to apply all knowledge and skills acquired throughout their study. The practical training also includes feedback from the supervisor – one of the key components of the practical training and a climax of the study in the degree programme. The practical training module is supported with passive participation in classes as a part of the courses in didactics.


The study programme is concluded with the defence of the diploma thesis and by a final state examination.


The graduates (or students) of the Master’s Teaching Degree in Pedagogy can carry on to study the qualification programme in Counselling for Education or the Degree Programme in Educational Management, which are also offered at the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Pedagogy
Abbreviation: PGU
Code: 7504T107
Type: Advanced Master's state examination
Degree: PhDr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: R7504 Rig-SS Teacher Training for Secondary Schools
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts

More information is available at the following website: http://pedagogika.phil.muni.cz/.