Chemistry for Education – Field of study catalogue MU
Chemistry for Education
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” (Marie Curie Sklodowska)
The aim of the study field Chemistry with a focus on education and the follow-up study field Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Chemistry is to prepare future chemistry teachers at lower secondary schools including lower grades of grammar schools. The study field Chemistry with a focus on education is primarily focused on creating professional, pedagogical, psychological, communication and other similar personal competences of students as a precursor to the follow-up Master's study of the study field Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Chemistry.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- use and apply his/her broad special knowledge of chemistry and chemical skills for his/her teaching practice
- use properly the basic methods of teaching chemistry in lower secondary school
- work with chemicals; he/she knows the safety principles and principles of health protection related to work in a chemical laboratory
- apply the principles of good laboratory practice
- evaluate the suitability of chemical experiments and chemical substances in the classroom
- select (from a broad spectrum of new chemical knowledge) and use for teaching suitable current chemical issues and to present them appropriately in the classroom
Knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the studies are the basis of the skills for:
- profession of teaching (chemistry teacher) assistant in lower secondary school education
- supporting educational work
- work of instructor in free-time centres.
The standard duration of studies is six semesters. For admittance to the final state examination students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS credits in required, selective and elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline. Out of the optional courses students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialization. For all students there is an obligation to complete at least one course taught in English from the ones on offer at the department for the given level of studies.
During the course of their studies students should follow the "Study catalogue" for their year of matriculation. They can access the "Study catalogues" through the faculty website.
Professional chemistry teaching practice is not included in the undergraduate Bachelor's studies in the field Chemistry with a focus on Education.
Within the pedagogical and psychological part of study, the student chooses either assistant practice focussed on individual pupil tutoring, or assisting teachers at a school.
The principles of supervision and evaluation of the studies are defined in the Study and Examination Regulations of Masaryk University (Studijní a zkušební řád MU).
The contents of the state examination are as follows: Chemistry, second field of study, defence of the Bachelor's thesis, pedagogical-psychological foundation for a Bachelor's degree.
Subjects in the state examination in chemistry are based on key disciplines of chemistry (general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry).
When the final state exam in chemistry, the student draws (randomly selects) one topic of pre-published list. After adequate preparation he/she verbally responds to sub-questions in the randomly selected topic.
Graduates of the Bachelor's programme may (after meeting the conditions of entry) continue in any Master's programme. At the Faculty of Education they can continue their studies in the directly related Master's field of study Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Chemistry.