As part of the "PädagogInnenbildung NEU" program, the Center for Pedagogical Practical Studies (PPS) is responsible for providing students with educational learning opportunities and teaching experience in the classroom and in other educational fields. The PPS enables students to test and develop their theoretical expertise in a real-world environment.
Educational Field Experience Studies
- provides an opportunity to acquire job-ready skill sets through field experience in the classroom, learn how to design lessons and a lesson plan, observe in the classroom, and reflect on personal teaching experiences.
- includes core elements of educational professions as a cross-cutting topic: language, including basic attitude and approach, diversity, self-competence and social skills, media literacy.
- provides expert support by qualified teacher supervisors; a large number of cooperation programs with schools ensures that students can acquire classroom experience at all relevant types of schools (secondary levels I and II) and complete their field experience requirements.
Students in the Bachelor's degree program are required to complete a total of 6 secondary-level internships worth 10 ECTS credits. The first and second semesters of the Bachelor's degree program include a subject-independent (EP A) introductory internship followed by a subject-related introductory internship (EP B).
Subsequently, 2 internships (FP) - each for subject 1 and subject 2 as well as 2 advanced internships (VP) - also for subject 1 and subject 2, are offered.
During the Master's degree program, the Master's internship will offer additional subject specialization fields as well as educational internships in an extracurricular field (30 ECTS credits).
Introduction Internships, Specialized Internships and Advanced Internships.
"Introductory Internships A and B" take place during the 1st and 2nd semester of the program. Introductory Internships A and B are worth 1 ECTS credit and will take place directly at a school (secondary level I or II). In addition to the internships, student must complete courses in the field of educational sciences.
Introductory Internship A allows students to observe in the classroom and become better aware of the teacher's significant role in the classroom as well as a teacher's duties and responsibilities. In addition to learning more about school activities from a teacher's perspective, the field experience allows students to explore the complexity of the profession by learning about the wide range of day-to-day activities. Students experience the classroom situation first-hand and can confirm for themselves that they have chosen the right field of study.
Introductory Internship B introduces students on how to plan and conduct a lesson. Students will be guided step-by-step on how to create a lesson plan and be solely responsible for a classroom of students.
During the first two internships (optionally between the 4th to the 6th semester) students must also complete educational seminars as well as subject education courses. The internships are worth 2 ECTS credits each.
Specialized Internship A focuses how to plan and create teaching and learning arrangements, Specialized Internship B allows students to continue developing their professional skills.
During the 7th and 8th semester of the program, students are required to complete an advanced internship for each subject area (worth 2 ECTS per subject). Advanced Internship A includes an accompanying course. The internship focuses on dealing with heterogeneity and individualization as well as diagnostic skills.
Advanced Internship B gives students an opportunity to intensively reflect on their field experience and education. The advanced internships will also be accompanied by a education-relevant course.
Certified Supervising Teachers.
- are experienced teachers in the classroom where field experience internships take place.
- Organize the internship at the respective school, determine the classroom teaching dates and supervise students at the school.
- Serve as a 'role model' for students. Students should consider their supervising teacher as a professional and role-model from whom they take critical distance.
- Introduce students to everyday activities at the school: Provide insight into school operations, information about the school, classroom visits, etc.
- Enable students to share their career plans and benefit from their professional experience.
- Inform students about each student's learning level.
- Plan and create lesson sequences together with students in the teacher education program.
- Be an active part of the student's learning process by giving him/her corresponding responsibilities and regular feedback.
- Support students as they complete assignments from the accompanying university course (observation tasks).
- Provide written feedback at the end of the semester that addresses the students' personal development, field experience, and written documentation.
- Work on the evaluation and continue to develop the internships by providing feedback and suggestions.
- Help students critically and theoretically reflect on how they prepared for the lesson and how they taught the subject.
- Explore and discuss issues pertaining to the continual development of the school and classroom teaching.
- are willing to be involved as research partners together with universities/education colleges to support teacher education experiences in the classroom.