Philosophy/Ethics (Teaching degree)

Extension studies for elementary school, middle school, secondary school, grammar school

The subjects philosophy/ethics (teaching profession at Gymnasiums) and ethics (teaching profession at elementary, middle or secondary schools) can be studied as extension subjects at FAU. A degree program is offered that includes a few compulsory modules and a large elective area. The content of the degree program is closely geared to the state examination and to working in a school.

What is the degree program about?

The teaching degree program in Philosophy/Ethics (Gymnasium) or Ethics (Elementary School, Middle School and Secondary School) is not an independent degree program, but an extension subject in the teaching degree program. This means that you can only study the course in the teaching degree program and there exclusively as a so-called “third subject” in addition to the first and second subject.

In the extension subject Philosophy/Ethics or Ethics you will first learn the basics of practical and theoretical philosophy. You will also acquire knowledge in the area of applied ethics and deepen your knowledge in text seminars, reading courses and in the area of subject didactics. If you would like to know in more detail which issues the departments of philosophy and ethics deal with inherently, you should take a look at the philosophy degree program page. There we present the contents and subject areas of the philosophy program in more detail.

It is also important to note that the content of the extension subject differs depending on the type of school. This is already shown by the different name of the course in the teaching degree program for Gymnasium (where it is called “Philosophy/Ethics”) and for elementary, middle and secondary schools (where it is called “Ethics”). However, the differences between the study contents are relatively small.

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