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Teaching Engineering

Curriculum

The curriculum of the subject Engineering in the Bachelor’s program with Teaching Profile is oriented towards the development of fundamental vocational competences for teaching and education, assessment, counseling and diagnostics as well as evaluation and quality assurance. Here, the ability to handle diversity is emphasized.

The curriculum is designed in a way that it also qualifies graduates to become a teacher. Your bachelor studies prepare you for a Master of Education focusing on German Haupt- and Realschule as well as the corresponding years at Gesamtschule (HRGe).

Engineering can be studied as a major in your core area and as a minor. These are your possible combinations:

Engineering as Major Subject

You are required to complete your studies of didactic fundamentals either in German or Mathematics within the core area, but your didactic subject may not be identical with your minor. Possible minors are Art, Biology, British/American Studies, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, German Studies, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Protestant Theology, Social Sciences, Sports and Textile Design. Students who strive for a Master of Education GHRGe focusing on HRGe are advised to do their didactic studies in mathematics if it is not their major subject.

Engineering as Minor Subject

In the course of your minor studies you will be taught the fundamentals of didactics in German or Mathematics within the framework of your core area. Here, the subject of your didactic studies and your major must not be identical. Possible majors are Art, Biology, British/American Studies, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, German Studies, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Protestant Theology, Social Sciences, Sports and Textile Design.

Students who strive for a Master of Education GHRGe focusing on HRGe are advised to do their didactic studies in Mathematics if their major is not Mathematics.

Irrespective of your subject combination you can start working on your bachelor’s thesis when having acquired the required credits in or after the fifth semester.

The curriculum of the subject Engineering in the Bachelor’s program with Rehabilitation Profile, too, is oriented towards the development of fundamental vocational competences for teaching and education, assessment, counselling and diagnostics as well as evaluation and quality assurance. Here the ability to handle diversity is emphasized. The B.Sc. prepares graduates for the M.Sc. in Teaching at Special Needs Schools and qualifies them to understand and teach technical systems and processes.

 The subject Engineering can be chosen either as a minor or as a second in your core area. If Engineering is chosen as a minor subject the aforementioned modules are to be completed, for Engineering as a second subject only the module Basic Concepts and Fundamentals of Engineering are required. You can start working on your bachelor’s thesis when having acquired the required credits in or after the fifth semester.

 

Machine Technology can only be studied as major subject. Students can select the following minors: Art, British/American Studies, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, German Studies, Manufacturing Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Sports and Special Education (foci: learning, emotional and social development, physical and motor development, vision, language).

The Bachelor of Science shall prepare graduates for taking up a Master of Education focusingon vocational colleges, serves as a basis for master’s programs in Mechanical Engineering and simultaneously qualifies for jobs in different employment systems. With completion of your bachelor studies you have acquired a first vocational qualification.

The curriculum in Machine Technology provides students with the expertise and competences answering to the requirements and dynamics of the professional world. Thus, they are enabled to work academically, to think critically and to act responsibly.

You can start working on your bachelor’s thesis when having acquired the required credits in or after the fifth semester Manufacturing Technology can only be studied as a minor subject in combination with Machine Technology as a major.

The Bachelor of Science degree prepares you for taking up a Master of Education focusing on vocational colleges and provides students with the expertise and competences in Mechanical Engineering answering to the requirements and changes of the professional world. Thus, they are enabled to work academically, to think critically and to act responsibly.

You can begin working on your bachelor’s thesis after having acquired the required credits in or after the fifth semester. Future teachers at vocational colleges - both for Machine Technology and Manufacturing Technology - are to complete internships in schools totaling 52 weeks.

For detailed information on the internship guidelines for Teaching Engineering please read the BiWi internship guidelines.

 

Job Profile

Natural sciences and new technologies are the key to the future of our society. Therefore, young people of today need scientific and technical know-how and competences to shape our economic, ecologic and social living conditions of tomorrow.

Those who want to take up the challenge of developing these core competences in the younger generation become teachers for engineering. It is a profession for graduates whose personal strengths lie in their social competence and technical expertise and who enjoy working with children and adolescents.

The Dortmund teaching programs prepars you for elementary and the different types of secondary school and you can select engineering as one of your subjects. Irrespective of your later type of school: in dealing with young people you will help to shape our future decisively.

Engineering Teachers explain what technology can do today and what it promises for tomorrow - in everyday life and industry. They illustrate the practical effects of technology as well as its advantages and risks. They enable their pupils to make well-informed decisions to avoid prejudices and to accept responsibility.

The special appeal of the subject Engineering for future teachers is due to its holistic and interdisciplinary  character which furthers not only the pupils’ manual skills but also their intellectual capabilities. For you this implies both proving your technical and pedagogical competence and your manual dexterity.

This applies to all types of school from elementary to secondary to vocational school, including special needs schools. Depending on your workplace, the subject Engineering is structured and designed differently:

In elementary school, Engineering is covered  within the framework of the subject General Sciences. In lower secondary school (grade 5 to 10), Engineering is a mandatory subject in and an elective in 9th and 10th grade of . In upper secondary school at vocational colleges, pupils of very diverse educational backgrounds are collectively instructed and prepared for their apprenticeships in  trade and industry - a particular pedagogical challenge for teachers and even more so for teachers at special needs schools.

For enrollment, freshmen should bring not only their Abitur certificate or foreign equivalent, but also manual dexterity, a fine grasp of technical issues and passion for teaching. It is recommended to do a technical internship before taking up your studies. Students of Special Education should additionally prove two three-week informative internships at enrollment. Those who intend to opt for Art, Music or Sports as a minor must pass an admission examination.



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Contact

Dipl.-Ing. Roland Hirsch
Study Advisor Teaching Technical Sciences
Tel.: 0231 755-4126