Study to be a teacher and become a teacher

Studying to become a teacher

"School feels very different when you suddenly have your back to the blackboard." This is what Judith Hermanns experienced during her first internship as a teacher. The 25-year-old is studying economics and politics in Cologne to become a teacher for vocational schools. For a long time, the teacher training program was criticized for producing pure theoreticians who, after five years of study, had to actually teach for the first time during their traineeship. And then perhaps discover that they are afraid to speak in front of a school class – and would be better off not becoming a teacher after all. Today, most student teachers even stand in front of a school class before they begin their studies, because nowadays you have to complete an aptitude internship in almost all of Germany’s federal states. At the latest in the basic studies, however, the orientation internship becomes serious for all those studying to become teachers. And here, the students are usually even expected to hold lessons themselves. For example, Judith Hermanns had to teach a series of lessons on the topic of "Cash Flow" six months after starting her studies and carry it out with the class. "This experience has absolutely strengthened my resolve to do this.", says Judith. "The internships are the best part of studying to be a teacher."

Studying to be a teacher: A mix of subject knowledge and pedagogy

If you want to study to become a teacher, you first decide on a school type. Depending on whether you teach at an elementary school, a secondary modern school, a grammar school, a comprehensive school, a special school or a vocational school, your studies will look very different. The length of study also varies from state to state: In Bavaria, the course of study for primary, secondary and lower secondary schools lasts seven semesters, while in North Rhine-Westphalia it takes ten. In addition to deciding on the type of school you want to teach, you also have to choose the subjects you want to teach. For the Gymnasium, for example, there are usually two, and it is possible to choose a third in addition. Students who want to become teachers are trained in several areas: He or she becomes an expert in his or her subjects and also completes a course of study in educational science. In it, you acquire pedagogical knowledge and learn the basics for good teaching. You also have to question how you see yourself as a teacher.

To test whether the teaching profession is something for you, you can try your hand at tutoring. Choose a school subject or an area in which you are particularly good and would like to share your knowledge. Tutoring jobs can often be found at school or in local newspapers. But there are also platforms on the Internet where you can find jobs, for example online tutoring jobs for language teachers.

Teacher training course a perennial favourite with first-year students

Teacher training has been one of the most popular courses for new students for years. One in ten students in Germany wants to become a teacher. What makes the study so popular? "On the one hand, of course, it’s the prospect of having a secure job.", says student teacher Judith. But above all, she enjoys passing on knowledge. Anyone who wants to become a teacher because of the long summer vacations will be surprised, at the latest during the traineeship, how exhausting the teaching job is and how many demands it makes. Mastering a subject is one thing, but teaching the material to the students is quite another. You have to be able to assert yourself, motivate the children and young people at the same time, respond to individual weaknesses and learning difficulties, and always keep an eye on the clock.

There is hardly any other profession where one’s own personality is as important as in the teaching profession. "You really have to be confident", Judith Herrmanns has learned from her internship experience. In addition, teamwork and communication skills are required when dealing with parents and colleagues. Since lesson planning takes up a large part, self-organization and discipline are also important for prospective teachers. You will also need to be able to tolerate frustration: you will have to listen to your students’ accusations and slights, and you will have to cope with disappointment. It’s not without reason that teachers are considered to be particularly at risk when it comes to burnout. Those who want to find out if they are suited for the teaching job can take self-assessment tests online (s. Link list below).

Self-organization in teacher training in demand

Depending on the university they study at, student teachers have to prove their organizational skills already during their studies. Judith Herrmanns has chosen a mass university with the University of Cologne. "It can be that I don’t see a familiar face all day in seminars and lectures", she says with a laugh. "Just as little known to me, unfortunately, are often the institutes and the associated secretaries or lecturers." In such an environment, putting together your own study plan, meeting registration deadlines and fighting for seminar places requires organizational talent and assertiveness.

The final spurt of my traineeship

You finish your university studies with the first state examination or with a Master of Education degree From. Part two of teacher training then takes place in the traineeship, which lasts twelve to 24 months depending on the federal state and concludes with the second state examination. During the traineeship, students already work in a school as a prospective teacher, while receiving theoretical support from a teacher training center. For those who have made it through this work-intensive and learning-intensive time, it’s time to go from the lecture hall back to school.

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