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Overview

The teacher training bachelor's degree in physics is divided into course-specific modules on experimental physics, the mathematical methods of physics, theoretical physics and subject didactics.The course focuses on mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics and optics. The students get an overview of atomic and quantum physics, solid-state, nuclear and elementary particle physics and cosmology. The focus is on applying their knowledge to new physical issues as well as to mathematical methods of physics, such as in the field of theoretical physics.In addition, the students are introduced to selected physical school experiments, where they learn to plan them based on didactic reasons and to carry them out independently. A one-day internship during the semester offers the opportunity to test the knowledge acquired in the planning, design and evaluation of lessons and to gain insights into the future professional field

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The bachelor's degree is modular. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module . he teaching-related bachelor's degree comprises a total of 180 credit points (CP). The subject of physics for teaching at secondary level is included with 69 credit points.The subject of physics comprises the contents shown in the overview below. It is divided into course-specific modules on experimental physics, the mathematical methods of physics, theoretical physics and subject didactics.

Modules

Credit points

Specialized modules 57 LP

Experimental Physics I - Energy, Time, Space

Mathematical basics

Experimental Physics II - Field, Light, Optics

Experimental Physics III - Quanta, Matter, Thermodynamics

Experimental Physics IV - Atoms, Nuclei, Elementary Particles

Theoretical Physics I - Mechanics and Relativity

Theoretical Physics II - Quantum Mechanics of Simple Systems

9 LP

6 LP

9 LP

9 LP

12 LP

6 LP

6 LP

Modules of subject didactics 12 LP

Didactics I - Basics of material didactics

Didactics II - Basics of physics didactics

6 LP

6 LP

total 69 LP

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The most important motivation for studying physics should be your enjoyment of observing natural processes and your keen interest in experiments and their intellectual analysis. If you have already completed an advanced course in mathematics at school, you have good qualifications for a successful degree in physics. Any gaps in knowledge and skills in mathematics can also be closed in a bridging course offered by the university before the start of the course.

If you are aiming for a teacher training course, you should be motivated to face the daily demands of the teaching profession. Previous experience in dealing with children and adolescents can be helpful for both the decision to study and the course itself.

CAREER PROSPECTS

 

The teacher training courses in physics at the University of Potsdam are designed in such a way that you are able to design a student-oriented and scientifically sound physics lesson. To this end, they will acquire the necessary subject-specific knowledge as well as all necessary knowledge and working methods, including skills in subject didactics.

With the teaching profession-related bachelor's degree, you acquire the academic degree of the Bachelor of Education. This represents a first professional academic degree, which, however, does not yet qualify for the assumption of a teaching post. A master’s degree and preparatory service (legal clerkship) still have to be completed before the dream job of a teacher is achieved.


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