Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Health Education – Field of study catalogue MU
Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Health Education
“Health is not everything, but without health, everything else is nothing.” (Halfdan Mahler)
The objective of the two-year Master’s degree is to prepare primary and lower secondary school teachers of the general educational field of Health Education (in a combination of two subjects) as part of the educational area People and health (overlapping in the educational field Health education), as defined by the Framework educational programme for elementary education. The study provides the students with integrated knowledge and skills based on Health education and related didactic skills, educational and psychological disciplines based on current research findings, reflections on the teaching process in appropriate types and stages of schools, self-reflection in the role of a teacher and acceptance of the moral obligations and ethics of the teaching profession.
The objective of the programme is to prepare graduates for the profession of a teacher of health education in primary and lower secondary schools and in the respective years of multi-year grammar schools, to develop professional skills and gain knowledge from the area of health science, the psychosocial area and related scientific disciplines, which the graduates will use in teaching or during their doctoral degree, to gain knowledge and skills related to health science in a school environment, to develop knowledge and skills related to health science for the purposes of practical applications, and to develop the basic attitudes and values of the graduates so that they become active, responsible and independent members of their professional group and society.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- apply the knowledge in various didactic categories
- formulate research questions related to health education and its application in the teaching process
- formulate hypotheses, use research techniques
- develop their own educational project
- evaluate the resources for use in teaching health education in schools
- apply the competences of a teacher
- demonstrate knowledge of the basic documents that govern the educational process in schools
- apply the knowledge and skills in the capacity of a professional in health promotion and health protection in the public sector, non-profit organizations and the private sector
The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the studies form the basis of professional skills. By completing the Master’s degree the graduate will gain the necessary teaching competences pursuant to Section 20 of Act No. 563/2004 Coll., on educational staff as amended. Moreover, the graduate will be qualified to work in other (for example free-time) institutions. The graduate will be capable of professional conduct based on well-structured knowledge and skills in the field of health education. The effectiveness of the graduate’s professional conduct is subject to didactic knowledge of the curriculum of health education in primary and lower secondary schools and general educational and psychological knowledge and skills (general knowledge of educational roots, knowledge of educational practices, knowledge of the participants in the educational process, etc.)
The Master’s degree consists of a field-specific component, a teaching specialization and a group of courses in compliance with the standard of Masaryk University (final thesis, language training, physical education, etc. – general university courses).
The field-specific component includes knowledge and skills relevant to the developments in the field. The outcome of this part of the programme is solid and well-structured knowledge and skills in the field. The teaching specialization consists of an educational and psychological module, didactic component and teaching practice.
The standard length of the study is 4 semesters. Teaching health education for primary and lower secondary schools is combined with another chosen field. For admission to the final examination the students must obtain 120 credits in required subjects, core selective subjects and elective subjects. In each course the students must obtain 26 credits (52 credits in total for both field-specific courses), in the teaching specialization the students must obtain 41 credits (didactic component for 1 course – 7 credits, reflection on teaching experience – 14 credits, educational and psychological module – 13 credits), the minimum number of credits in elective subjects is 6 credits, foreign languages are 7 credits and the final thesis (including 3 subjects) is 14 credits. Furthermore, all students must complete the internationalization subject, which deepens the students’ knowledge and skills in the international context and helps develop their language competences in world languages.
During the course of the studies, the students follow the study catalogue of their matriculation year. The study catalogues of different matriculation years can be accessed through the faculty website.
An integrated component of the programme includes reflected teaching practice. The system of teaching practice is designed to develop the students’ professional competences. In this way the students become fully competent teachers. The teaching practice in the Master’s degree is in addition to the training undertaken in the Bachelor’s degree aimed at the role of a teacher assistant. At the end of the teaching practice in the Master’s degree, the students will be capable of independent teaching and will become beginning teachers who will develop their competences by means of further education.
The contents of the final state examination in Health education consist of Health education with didactics and defence of a final thesis.
Information about the detailed content of the state examination and the rules for drafting the final thesis can be accessed through the department website.
Graduates from the Master’s degree of Health Education may (subject to accession criteria) continue in the doctoral study of Education.