Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Geography and Cartography – Field of study catalogue MU
Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Geography and Cartography
“We prepare geography teachers for your children”
The aim of the studies is to educate qualified secondary school teachers of geography and cartography. The programme is a part of a double-subject study programme. After graduation, students will gain a double-subject professional qualification of secondary school teachers.
In addition to the geographical and cartographic education, students are also trained in didactics and methodology; the courses of general pedagogical-psychological specialization prepare students for the professions of educationalists and youth workers. The students receive teacher training at secondary schools from experienced teachers - this is a compulsory part of the studies.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- teach geography at secondary schools
- select appropriate teaching methods and techniques to streamline the educational process
- select and use appropriate routine methods of student assessment
- use didactic technology (including ICT) and be able to adapt to its development
- articulate clearly and in a sophisticated way with regard to the knowledge-level of the audience
The graduates are fully qualified teachers of geography for all types of the upper secondary schools, and also upper primary schools or lower secondary schools. They have the experience of teaching geography at secondary schools and elementary knowledge of the organization and running of the school. The combination of the obtained skills broadens the career opportunities of the graduates - they can hold other positions that require accurate thinking, responsible work with facts, ability to formulate ideas, and good communication skills (institutions focusing on basic and applied research, universities, working with the youth and extracurricular activities, popularising, professional journalism, educational activities, and others).
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, students must earn, in both branches of the double-subject studies, at least 120 credits for required, selective, and elective courses. In this study programme of the of Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Geography and Cartography students must earn 25 ECTS credits for the required specialized courses. In the course of the studies they must earn at least 18 ECTS credits for required and selective courses of the common pedagogical-psychological basis, and 12 ECTS credits for science and social - science block of the compulsory joint courses.
The Master's thesis is worth 26 ECTS credits regardless of which branch (of the two) students choose.
During the course of their studies students should follow the Course Catalogue of their matriculation year. They can access the Course Catalogues of the individual matriculation years through the faculty web pages.
Two blocks of teacher training sessions in geography are included, each worth 2 ECTS credits. The students are required to do the the first teacher training in geography at selected secondary schools in Brno, while the second one can be completed at a secondary school of their choice. The students receive their teacher training from experienced secondary school teachers. Also sitting in on classes, presentations, and active participation in the running of the school form a part of the training. Since these are necessarily double-subject studies, the students are required to do the training of the same extent also in the second study programme.
The state final examination consists of two parts: Geography and Didactics of Geography. If a student has chosen a Master's thesis in Geography, its defence forms a part of the state final examination.
The state examination in Geography has only an oral part in which students draw two general topics. The state examination in Didactics of Geography has an oral and a practical written part. In the oral part of the Didactics of Geography students answer general questions. In written - practical - part they demonstrate the obtained skills and knowledge by solving tasks and problems at the secondary school level. Then the results are discussed.
For the final state examination in Didactics of Geography the students present a personal portfolio of works (eg. class preparations, project proposals, essays, and others) which show the specialization of students in teaching geography.
A defence of the Master's thesis is a discussion during which the candidate introduces the subject of work, solved problems, methods employed to solve the problems, and the results obtained. Students react to comments contained in the assessments of the supervisor and external examiners, discuss the prior specified topics, and answers questions raised during the defence.
The obligatory part of graduation is also the state examination in the common pedagogical-psychological basis, which is a written test.
Since this is a part of double-subject studies, students must pass the state final examination also in the second study programme.
More information can be found on http://geogr.muni.cz/magisterske-studium#uz
After completing the Master's degree the graduates may progress to the doctoral degree programmes.