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Study course: Mathematics (Lehramt Sekundarstufe II) (will expire on 9/30/2011)


What is expecting a maths teacher-to-be at university and what does our university expect from him/her? Besides showing the desireable readiness to actively organise your studies you have to meet the formal demands that are laid out in the study and examination regulations. This Website is meant to provide you with useful information about these issues.

General notes on Mathematics (teacher training)



Students of „Lehramt an öffentlichen Schulen“ [teaching at public schools] - that's the official term - can chose between two different teaching careers:

a) Teaching Primarstufe [pupils at the age of 6 to 10] and Sekundarstufe I [11 to approx. 16] (focussing on one of the two) or

b) Teaching Sekundarstufe II [which is almost equivalent to sixth form] (either exclusively S II or - as is recommended - doing S I as a complement).

Students will usually study two subjects. In addition you will be required to study „Erziehungs- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften“ (EGW) [education and social science]. Your two main subjects and EGW will be weighted about 3:3:2 (with regard to the amount of time spent for your lectures this means 60:60:40 hours in total - a lecture that runs four hours per week for one semester counts as 4 hours, for example).

The "Lehrerausbildungsgesetz" [teacher's education law] of Bremen demands a more or less identical eight semester study period from both groups of Lehramt students (P/S I and S II). You will find that a number of lectures will be aimed at both P/S I students and S II or diploma students. The eight semester study period will be supplemented with a one semester placement at a school. Finally you will have to write a thesis in line with the First State Examination. You can choose to write the thesis in any of your three subjects.

The course of study consists of

- the Grundstudium (4 semesters), which you will complete with an exam (which is called "Zwischenprüfung")

- a placement at a school (in the 5th semester)

- the Hauptstudium (another 4 semesters), which will be completed with the First State Examination.

This first phase of teacher training is followed by by a second phase that includes the Referendariat (a practical training in a school) and the Second State Examination. However, university is not involved in this second phase.

You can download the examination regulations on Link (pdf).

Both professional and methodological education take place within Faculty 03 (mathematics and informatics). The only exception to this rule is the methodological education of P/S I students who have chosen to focus on Primarstufe. That takes place in faculty 12 (education and social science).

Examination regulations distinguish between five mathematical areas that will be referred to below:

1) Algebra and basics of mathematics
2) Analysis
3) Geometrie and topology
4) Applied mathematics
5) Methodology of teaching maths (diadactics)

Education of Sekundarstufe II mathematics teachers



Lehramt mathematics S II students and diploma students both take the lectures "Lineare Algebra I and II" in the 1st and 2nd semester and the lectures "Analysis I and II" in the 3rd and 4th. Besides, Lehramt mathematics S II students ought to take "Einführung in das Mathematiklehramtsstudium" (or a course spanning six-hours-per-week introduction course) in the 1st semester, a proseminar in the 3rd and the lecture "Grundzüge der Mathematikdidaktik“ in the 4th (or 2nd).

The Zwischenprüfung (an intermediate examination) will take place until the beginning of the fifth semester. The mathematical areas 1 and 2 are subject of this exam. The Zwischenprüfung can either be taken as an oral examination (30 minutes about each of the two areas) or as a written exam (duration 3-4 hours, both areas are included at approximately the same share).

The fifth semester will be spent with practical training at a school, which will be prepared and conducted in the context of the lecture "Grundzüge der Mathematikdidaktik“. The practical training will be followed by an evaluation workshop.

The following lectures and activities are to be taken between the sixth and the ninth semester:

  • one lecture that belongs to the areas 1 or 3,
  • a practical training that has to do with mathematics or one more lecture that belongs to one of the areas 1-4,
  • one stochastics lecture,
  • one more lecture that belongs to one of the areas 1-4,
  • subject related mathematics-didactic lectures, for example
    o Didactics of analysis
    o Didactics of linear algebra and geometry
    o Didactics of stochastics

  • mathematics-didactic seminars

The student will have to take two more lectures of the areas 1-4 and a mathematical seminar if mathematics is his/her main subject (every student has to choose one of his/her two subjects s/he is studying to become a teacher as his/her main subject).
A written exam which is part of the final examination can be taken from the sixth semester on. The topics of the Zwischenprüfung must not be repeated in the written exam.

What is more, a paper has to be written in one of the two subjects or in didactics (which in mathematics may deal half with area number five).

The final exam in mathematics consists of two oral exams (apart from the parts that have already been mentioned above). One covers three of the areas 1-4, the other one deals with area 5. The latter takes at least 20 minutes. For more precise information, especially regarding the required number of assignments, please look at ttp://www.bildung.bremen.de/sfb/bildung/lasl/p_mat.pdf.

For students of Sekundarstufe II there exists the highly recommended possibility of taking a further exam for Sekundarstufe I (which may be needed if students want to teach in one of the other German states). For this some additional S I lectures have to be attended and an additional part in the oral part of the final exam has to be taken. Typical S I-specific didactic lectures are, for example, didactics of geometry and didactics of algebra.

Orientation week


At the beginning of the winter semester there will be the Orientation week for first semester students. It is highly recommended to attend the presentations as you will learn much about you future course of study.

MATHEMATICAL PRE-SEMESTER

The mathematical pre-semester is offered to all first semester students of science, earth science, industrial and electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics.

TABLE: DATES, ADDRESSES, BROCHURES, LINKS, ETC

This table can be found on the general information website of mathematics-teacher training, http://www.math.uni-bremen.de/Math-Net/pages/teaching/MathLehramtinfo.html#infotabelle.



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