Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Physics – Field of study catalogue MU
Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Physics
“A good teacher of physics is a priority.”
The aim of the study is to:
- Create and develop field professional knowledge and skills that graduates can use in practice, especially in the follow-up Master's programme
- Establish skills and attitudes leading to further higher education studies in physics and lifelong STEM education
- Create a positive attitude towards physics and science, including a positive attitude to physical communication, scientific and technical knowledge in society, particularly for primary and secondary schools.
The course combines traditional and modern aspects of physics in a systematic consistent approach at the same level of abstract thinking and reasonable application of mathematical apparatus. The basic physics course is complemented by a system of practical measurements and experimentation. The emphasis is on creating sustained and understanding of key physical concepts (variables, constants, laws and theories) in organic relation to their practical application. Students learn the basic skills of observation, experimentation, compilation of experimental apparatus, measurements of important physical quantities, forming hypotheses and their theoretical and experimental verification.
The study is generally focused on creating professional, pedagogical, psychological, communication and other personal competences as a precursor to the follow-up Master's study Teacher Training in Physics for Lower and Upper Secondary Schools.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- use a broad knowledge and skills from sub-disciplines of physics
- use a synthetic view of physics through unifying concepts (energy etc.) and theories (laws of conservation, etc.)
- apply basic experimental skills in various areas of physics, including data processing and evaluation with the use of ICT
- use knowledge of science education for the design and implementation of assistant activities at the elementary school and extracurricular science and technology activities
According to Act no. 563/2004 Coll., on pedagogical staff (amended) graduates may work as an assistant teacher, instructor in free-time centres, as an educator in youth centres, educator in after-school clubs, and in various civic associations involved in educational activities. Besides these professional outlets, graduates are also prepared to start the Master's degree programme in Teacher Training in Physics for Lower or Upper Secondary Schools.
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 and make up 55 credits. The principles of supervision and evaluation of the studies are set out in the Study and Examination Regulations of Masaryk University.
Reflected teaching practice is in accordance with the Framework concepts at PdF MU. The system of teaching practice is long term and systematically directed towards developing professional skills of the student and preparing them for the role of assistant teacher.
The final state examination in physics is based on the pillars of the physics disciplines.
In the written part of the exam candidates should demonstrate the ability to resolve moderately complex tasks at level of the exercises in different part of the physics courses.
The oral part is to determine the ability of the applicant to respond to questions from different part of Physics and to demonstrate:
- A grasp of the general ideas of the physical description of reality and how it is applied in various disciplines
- Understanding of the basic concepts and ideas of these disciplines and their connections
- The ability to physically analyze specific situations, and formulate a mathematical description of them
- Design and construct basic physics experiments, including evaluation and interpretation of the results
The Master's degree programme in Teacher Training in Physics for Lower or Upper Secondary Schools.