Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Chemistry

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” (Marie Curie Sklodowska)

What will you learn?

The aim of the study field Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Chemistry is to prepare graduates for teaching chemistry at lower secondary schools including lower grades of grammar schools.

The program provides quality education to future lower secondary school chemistry teachers in an inspiring, challenging and creative environment. The emphasis is equally on the development of professional skills and gaining knowledge in relevant disciplines that graduates will use in their teaching practice. The study develops the basic attitudes and values of graduates to become active, responsible and independent members of their professional community and society.

Through studying for the Master’s degree graduates gain the necessary competences that allow them to critically apply the use of their pedagogical and psychological knowledge in practice as a teacher at a primary or secondary school. Graduates are fully qualified to pursue the profession of a teacher. They are ready to base their professional conduct on well-structured knowledge and skills from their fields of approbation (content knowledge). The effectiveness of their professional conduct is conditioned by their subject-didactic (pedagogical content knowledge) and broader pedagogical and psychological knowledge and skills (knowledge of the broader background of education, knowledge of educational practices, knowledge about people involved in education, etc.).

The degree develops students’ analytical and comparative skills, which enable them to understand the diverse pedagogical reality and to use subject-specific, pedagogical, and psychological publications in their work for planning, implementing and reflecting on educational activities. They develop communication skills important for communication and collaboration with pupils/clients, colleagues in the workplace, with parents of pupils/clients and with practitioners. An important benefit of the degree is the development of self-reflective skills that provide space for the development of attitudes towards one another, to educated individuals and to the profession: perception of the responsibility of the teaching profession, the acceptance of the moral obligations of a helping profession and its ethics.

The studies emphasise the principle of interdisciplinarity (interconnection of some pedagogical and psychological subjects) and the principle of sequence and gradation of themes and courses, from the more general to the more specific. The concept is also characterized by the interdependence of theory and practice. An important part of the concept is the reflective teaching practice. The principles of reflection on teaching practice and self-reflection are related both to practice and to other experience-oriented subjects. An important part of the concept is also the promotion of inclusion, which is perceived as a cross-curricular theme (also supported by a separate course).

Practical training

Within the Master's degree the student takes Teaching practice I, II and III

Teaching practice I (1st semester) is chosen for only one of his/her study fields.

Teaching practice II (2nd semester) must be enrolled in for both study fields.

Teaching practice III (3rd semester) must be enrolled in for both study fields.

The teaching practice is conceived as a coherent and gradated system with an emphasis on interconnection with theory and reflection and self-reflection of the student as a teacher.

The aim of the teaching practice is to acquire the professional competences necessary in the daily work of the teacher, to become acquainted with the roles which the teacher enters into in their work, to realize their own professional needs and to gradually take responsibility for the planning, implementation and evaluation of lessons. Throughout the teaching practice, students get a real idea of what a teacher's everyday work involves.

The teaching practice forms a coherent system of consecutive subjects. In the follow-up master's programmes, these are the subjects Teaching Practice 1 (1st semester), Teaching Practice 2 (2nd semester) and Teaching Practice 3 (3rd semester). In total, this makes up 280 hours (double-subject programme), followed by Seminar on Teaching Practice. Students enrol in the Seminar on Teaching Practice 1 twice during their studies (in the first and second semesters). The aim of the reflection is to provide students with a space for sharing and reflecting on experiences from their own teaching practice and helping them to deepen their reflective and self-reflective skills.

The system of teaching practice is regularly evaluated both through open and closed questions, both by students and the mentor teachers. The reflective seminars are also evaluated.

Further information

http://www.ped.muni.cz/wchem/

Career opportunities

The aim of the study field Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Chemistry is to prepare graduates for teaching chemistry at lower secondary schools including lower grades of grammar schools.

Admission requirements

No information available

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

Study plans of this programme can also be studies in a combination with

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Follow-up studies

There is the possibility of continuing the studies in the Ph.D. study program: Methodology of chemistry.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Education
Type of studies Follow-up master's
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction Czech

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Mgr. Jiří Šibor, Ph.D.

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