Mathematics is the foundation for many scientific disciplines as well as for industry and business. For this reason it is a core subject in schools.
The Bachelor Teacher Training Program in Mathematics focuses on a solid technical foundation. During the second part of Bachelor studies, introductory courses for teaching methodology are offered.In the past few years, mathematics as a school subject has moved towards so-called relevant problems and aways from specific mathematic problems, especially in NRW. In contrast, mathematic studies consist of an abstract perception of the subject, which a large hurdle in the beginning. However, it is necessary for a fundamental understanding and for solid mathematic work, even in applications.
Characteristics of Mathematics at RWTH
The RWTH Aachen Teacher Training Program in Mathematics has strong subject-specific components and differs from those programs at other universities. As a result it offers, in correspondence with the second subject chosen - realistic options for careers outside of education or for non-education Master's programs.
In the first semesters, above all the fundamentals of the subject will be covered in the following courses: Mathematic Propaedeutic, Analysis I-II, Linear Algebra I-II, and Stochastics I. Most of these courses will be completed together with students in the Mathematics B.Sc. course of study. In the third semester, two teaching-specific courses, namely "Linear Algebra Consolidation" and "Application and Modeling for Teachers," are added. During the later phases of the Bachelor studies, this subject-specific knowledge will be expanded and advanced in a course on numerical calculations, in a course on number theory, and during an internship dealing with the Computer Algebra System MAPLE. In addition, there are courses on teaching methodology, that is a seminar and lecture, which deal with the normative, analytical, and learning theory aspects of learning and teaching mathematics.
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