Introduction of Innovative Degree Course in Primary Education

Teacher training, ©Oliver_Böhm
Teacher training, ©Oliver_Böhm

One of the special features of the degree course is a fixed day of teaching practice from the first semester onwards. Thanks to the considerable support of Greifswald’s education authority, 24 state primary schools and seven private primary schools have pledged their allegiance as teaching practice locations. 34 members of teaching staff have registered to support the freshers during their teaching practice in the first round of qualification.  Toward the end of their studies, the students will complete a whole semester of teaching practice at a primary school in order to investigate teaching methods, the results of which they can integrate into their final dissertations.

The broad spectrum of possible subjects is also new. In addition to the compulsory subjects, German and mathematics, students can choose two further subjects. They can choose from natural and social sciences, English, philosophy for children, religious studies, art and design, as well as Polish, and Low German that are new to the subject portfolio. A total of more than 375 study places will be available for the degree course. By creating three new professorships (Primary Education, Primary Education with a Focus on Natural and Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Teaching/Learning Research and School Development), not only the degree course in Primary Education has been strengthened, but also teacher-training in Greifswald on the whole.

“We haven’t introduced a new degree course in such an extensive manner and with this much staff since the beginning of the 90s. This innovative degree course with numerous practice partners underlines our commitment to be a university in the region, for the region. We are delighted that by introducing this degree course, we are making a further contribution to the development of our federal state,” explains Prof. Dr. Steffen Fleßa, Pro-Rector for Studies and Teaching.

Bettina Martin, Minister of Education, stressed the importance of the degree course for the schools in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. “Our federal state needs well trained and highly motivated teachers. We want to make sure that future primary school teachers complete their studies in this region,” says Martin. “That is why I am particularly thrilled that the degree course Primary Education is starting at the University of Greifswald in winter semester 2020/21.”

Further Information
More details (in German) about the degree course Primary Education [de]

Contact at the University of Greifswald
Anne Vormelchert
Central Coordination Group for Teaching Qualifications
Domstraße 11, Entrance 2, 17489 Greifswald
Tel.: +49 3834 420 1165