Detailed information on the practical phases to be completed during the teacher training program can be found on the website of the Centre for Educational Research and Teacher Training (PLAZ): https://plaz.uni-paderborn.de/lehrerbildung/praxisphasen/praxisphasen-bama/. The information provided here is intended to provide a rough overview. In addition to the obligatory practical phases, there are also various optional practical courses.
The goal of the professional practical training is to provide practical experience in the professional fields in which the future students are trained. The emphasis is not on the acquisition of special working techniques, but on getting to know working processes and the respective social environment.
In addition to the required university degrees, proof of practical work is a prerequisite for access to the preparatory service (§ 1 paragraph 1 sentence 4 and § 5 paragraph 5 LZV).
Therefore, in addition to the degree "Master of Education", access to the teaching practice for the teaching profession at vocational colleges requires the aforementioned twelve-month practical work. This serves the purpose of familiarizing future teachers at vocational colleges with the learning locations and the working world of the students and preparing them for teaching at vocational colleges. In addition to the required university degree, this certificate is a prerequisite for access to the teaching practice.
Suitable areas or companies for practical work are:
- Basic manual and mechanical working techniques
- joining techniques, surface treatment
- Materials Testing
- Manufacturing of components and assemblies
- Project planning
- Work preparation
- Manufacturing and assembly
- Assembly and commissioning
- Company structure with special attention to vocational training
- Power Engineering
- Communications Engineering
- Computer Science
Further information can be found at the Landesprüfungsamt NRW.
The practical semester is completed in the 3rd semester of the Master's program while studying. It lasts 5 months and is divided into a school practical part and a school research part.
Students in the practical semester acquire and reflect on their practical experience at three learning locations:
- at a placement school of the teaching post in the training region of the University of Paderborn,
- at a centre for practical teacher training (ZfsL) and
- at the University of Paderborn.
The school practical part of the practical semester takes place at vocational colleges with the support of ZfsL and serves to gather practical experience and to deepen the knowledge and skills acquired during the studies.
The school research part of the practical semester is accompanied by university courses, serves to provide scientific reflection on school practice and focuses on research-based learning processes.
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