Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Mathematics – Field of study catalogue MU
Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Mathematics
“Ad scienciam vero aquirendam duo principaliter sunt necessaria, scilicet karitas seu dileccio et sedulitas sive continuacio” (Cristiannus de Prachaticz, Algorismus prosaycus)
This study track is designed to prepare primary and lower secondary school teachers of mathematics (in combination with another subject). This subject belongs to the educational area Mathematics and its applications as described in the Framework Educational Programme for Elementary Education. The study field provides the students with knowledge and skills in mathematics and its didactics,in pedagogy and psychology disciplines with regard to topical research findings, skills in reflection on the educational process at the relevant types and levels of schools, the ability to self-reflect in the role of teacher and the acceptance of moral and ethical demands on teachers.
The objective of the study is the preparation of graduates for the profession of primary and lower secondary school mathematics teacher, and to further the development of essential values and positions of graduates so that they become active, responsible, and independent members of their professional mathematical group and society.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- work as a mathematics teacher at primary and lower secondary schools
- notice the application of mathematics in other fields, including the school environment, and point out the connections between mathematics and other school subjects
- develop professional knowledge and competence and extend their knowledge of mathematics and related sciences
- work in various civic institutions devoted to pedagogical activities or mentoring
The graduates are fully qualified mathematics teachers for primary and lower secondary schools and the corresponding level of secondary grammar schools. They are also qualified for work in out of school (e.g. leisure time activities) institutions. They are ready to base their professional activities on well-structured knowledge and competences in mathematics. The efficiency of their professional behaviour is based on the didactical knowledge of the content of mathematics teaching in primary and lower secondary schools and wider general knowledge and competences in pedagogy and psychology (knowledge about the wider basis of the elements of education, knowledge of education process theories, knowledge about the participants in education, etc.).
The standard duration of studies is 2 years. The Master's degree consists of the subject part, teacher training, and the group of courses given in the standards of Masaryk University (courses leading to the defence of the Master's thesis, language and physical education courses, etc.). The mathematical part of the course contains courses extending knowledge and competences in areas that need to be mediated in primary and lower secondary school teaching. As a final result of this part, the students have a consolidated and well-structured knowledge of and skills in mathematics, which are a significant extension of the school curriculum of the subject to be taught and are at the same time relevant for the design, planning, and evaluation of teaching in mathematics.
The Master's degree courses in mathematics focus on the synthesis of the mathematical knowledge and competences through courses such as set theory, the history of mathematics, and especially didactics of mathematics.
Essential teacher training is provided through courses in pedagogy and psychology, didactics of mathematics, and reflected teaching practice. Didactics of mathematics focuses on the development of didactic knowledge of the content, which enables the teacher to mediate the subject in such a way that it is correct from the point of view of mathematics and at the same time accessible to the pupils. The courses develop the knowledge and competences of the students and allow the students to put their mathematical knowledge not only into a wider school context, but also into the context of after-school and leisure time activities. The students have well-structured knowledge about the mathematics taught and can use their knowledge and competences in the preparation of leisure time and after-school activities.
The system of teaching practice is designed in such a way that systematically and over a long period of time it leads to the development of professional competences of the students and prepares them fully for the role of a teacher. The practical part of the training in the Master's course is a follow-up on the practical training in the corresponding Bachelor's degree. The compulsory courses related to practical teacher training are: Teaching practice 2, Seminar for teaching practice 2, and Teaching practice 3. At the end of the teaching practice in the Master's degree, the students should be able to work independently in the classroom and become newly-qualified teachers, who further develop their competences in courses for teachers.
In order to graduate, the student has to pass the final state examination. The content of the exam is the following: Mathematics including didactics;
the other subject including didactics; Master's thesis defense; and elements of psychology and pedagogy for Master's students.
The themes and questions for the state examination in mathematics and its didactics belong to the principal mathematical disciplines and the didactics of mathematics. This part of the exam is only oral. Each student will draw a question from each of the following areas: mathematical analysis, algebra, set theory, and didactics of mathematics. Emphasis is laid on the connections between the individual themes.
The graduate of the Master's degree "Mathematics teaching for primary and lower secondary schools" may continue in the doctoral study programme "Pedagogy" with a focus on the theory of mathematics teaching or in another doctoral programme focusing on the applications of mathematics (e.g. General aspects of mathematics, History of mathematics, etc.)