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FAQ teaching chemistry

What are my future career opportunities?

In general, this is difficult to predict. Who knows what will happen in schools in 6.5 years (standard period of study + legal clerkship)? In general, the career prospects for teachers in the natural sciences are very good and will probably stay that way for some time to come.


What should I take in the first semester?

In general, in the first semester of chemistry for teaching purposes, only the lecture on general and inorganic chemistry is planned. This takes place twice a week for 1.5 hours each with an associated 1.5 hour exercise (for exact dates, see Jogustine). If you like, you can prefer the lecture Organic Chemistry 1 from the second semester. This also takes place twice a week for 1.5 hours each with an associated 1.5 hour exercise (for exact dates, see Jogustine).
You can find a study plan, which should serve as a sample, here: https://www.chemie.uni-mainz.de/LA/pdf/Studiengeschichtesplan_BEd_neu.pdf. Note, however, that this is only the chemistry progression plan. Here is the course plan for educational sciences: https://www.schulpaedagogik.uni-mainz.de/files/2008/12/Studiengeschichtesplan-Bildungswissenschaften-komplett-ab-WiSe1415.pdf. So you still have to look for the course plan for your second subject, then you have everything.


How complex are internships?

This strongly depends on the internship in question. In general, you should not underestimate the time that you will be in the internship and design your schedule in such a way that you have long consecutive periods of time available. A safety instruction is part of every internship, which is planned as part of the respective internship. Especially with the OC internship, it is important to buy as much time as possible, as the experiments often take a long time and are time-consuming.

The internship in general and inorganic chemistry (2nd semester) is generally easy to manage if you spend enough time in the laboratory. Outside of the laboratory hours, you still have to study for colloquia and prepare the protocols of the experiments. The laboratory times will be given to you at the introductory event for the internship. You also have seminars twice a week. In one you discuss the protocol evaluation and in the other you learn the necessary basics for your experiments. This is the first internship in your studies and without having successfully passed it, you cannot start another internship.

The internship in organic chemistry is the most complex. In addition to the internship itself, it consists of a lecture (2x 1.5h per week), an exercise (2h per week) and a spectroscopy seminar (1h per week). Outside of the laboratory hours you still have to study for colloquia, write preliminary protocols and prepare the protocols of the experiments. The laboratory times will be given to you at the introductory event for the internship.

The didactics internships (4th or 6th semester) take place one day of the week in a four-hour time frame throughout the semester. You have to carry out box tests for classic school tests and log them. You also have enough time left to develop your own experiment or to optimize a known one. To do this, you either have to do a term paper or a handout. You will learn everything you need to do in the associated seminars or in the introductory events for the internships.

The practical course in physical chemistry (5th semester) takes place once every two or three weeks for the entire semester. This depends on the semester in question. You will find out the exact schedule in the introductory event. The dates differ in test execution dates (6 pieces) and seminar dates, in which you discuss the written minutes with your lecturer and thus learn from each other. During the experiments, you record data that you edit and evaluate with the help of Excel and Origin. Evaluating and writing the protocol takes a lot of time due to the many calculations and mathematical formulas.


When can I start a third subject?

In general, you can apply for the extension test (colloquially third subject) from the 4th semester onwards. You should be aware that studying an additional subject takes a lot of time, even if it is slimmed down compared to the first or second subject. Since you already have good career prospects with chemistry, you should only study a third subject if you are really interested in it. You can find more information about the third subject here.