Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Biology – Field of study catalogue MU
Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Biology
“Biology under the school lens”
The upper-secondary teacher-training follow-up Master's study programme of Biology, double-subject is a follow-up of the Bachelor's study programme of Biology. Graduates will become fully qualified teachers of biology at secondary schools. The goal of the study is to deepen their knowledge of specific biological disciplines. Each student chooses courses according to their interests and relevant to the topic of their Master's thesis. Specific courses of pedagogy and didactics of biology together with several practical training courses at secondary schools prepare students for their career as biology teachers at upper secondary schools.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- apply the current knowledge of fundamental biological disciplines
- apply the scientific knowledge in teaching
- provide students of secondary schools with a comprehensible explanation of natural phenomena and their principles
- teach students how to put the acquired theoretical knowledge into practice
- raise students awareness of healthy life style, protection of the environment to the benefit of the society
Graduates will be qualified to teach biology, ecology and nature conservation at secondary schools, in particular at grammar schools. Moreover, they will be able to work as specialists in different educational and ecological centres, zoos and botanical gardens.
The standard duration of the Master's study programme is four semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, students must attend all required and selective courses and obtain a total of 120 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses altogether.
During their studies, students should follow the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation. It is available on the faculty website.
Practical training 1 – three weeks of biology teaching. The training should take place in September, before the beginning of the first semester. Practical training 2 - teaching of biology under supervision of an experienced pedagogue with 10 lessons of observations, 10 lessons of teaching and 10 lessons of assistant work for the host school.
Studies are completed by an oral final state examination. One part of the final state examination is the defence of the Master's thesis (unless the student majors in the second subject of the programme). More information about the requirements can be found on the department's website.
After a successful completion of the Master's study programme (and satisfying the admission requirements), graduates can continue their studies in the doctoral programme.