Students of mathematics receive a sound grounding in basic mathematical disciplines such as algebra, analysis, geometry and stochastics, together with the following key competences:
• ability to think in an analytical and structured manner,
• ability to provide inductive reasoning,
• ability to model a given set of circumstances,
• ability to solve problems with the aid of mathematical tools,
• ability to formulate and explain mathematical facts.
Students should decide as early as possible whether they wish to pursue careers as secondary-school teachers (Lehramt), or in an alternative area, and choose their respective programme areas. Corresponding specialisations and in-depth knowledge can be pursued in the compulsory elective modules.
General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.
In this programme area, subject-related studies in the field of teacher training are supplemented with courses dealing with teaching practice. This programme area comprises 13 - 23 % of studies in the field of teacher training, depending on the type of school envisaged. It encompasses the following topics: studies in education, subject didactics, internships and key qualifications.
Students on the Bachelor programme studying mathematics as a major with a subsidiary subject and intending to become teachers at state secondary schools must undertake three six-week periods of teaching practice. These periods comprise the practical career orientation (following the 1st semester), a work experience with a pedagogical focus (as a rule following their 4th semester) and finally a work experience teaching the subject (as a rule following their 5th semester).
Students of mathematics other than trainee teachers do not need to undertake any period of practical work experience.