A pro­gram for gifted teach­er train­ees – this is what the uni­versi­ties of Bay­reuth and Würz­burg im­ple­ment with the inno­vative Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram "MINT-Leh­ramt PLUS”. Par­ticu­larly gifted and high-perform­ing stu­dents of the sub­jects biolo­gy, chem­istry, infor­mat­ics, math­emat­ics and phys­ics in the teach­er train­ing for sec­ondary schools are of­fered educa­tional and devel­op­mental oppor­tuni­ties that sub­stan­tially go be­yond the cur­ricula of regu­lar teach­er train­ing, thus en­riching their stud­ies.

The Elite Graduate Program at a glance

DegreeAdditional study with certificate or Master of Scienc
Duration of studyFour semesters or parallel to teacher training
Place of studyBayreuth, Würzburg
Admission requirementsAdditional Study: 100 ECTS in a teacher training for secondary schools in a STEM subject
Master studies: bachelor degree in a teacher training for secondary schools in a STEM subject
Language of instructionGerman, English
Application deadlineJanuary 15th, July 15th (Würzburg) resp. August 20th (Bayreuth)
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Begin of studiesWinter semester / Summer semester
HeadProf. Dr. Volker Ulm (Bayreuth)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Trefzger (Würzburg)
CoordinatorSara Feldmüller (Bayreuth)
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Anna Pargent (Bayreuth)
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Dr. Nicole Wolf (Würzburg)
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Further informationWebsite MINT – Lehramt PLUS

Program for gifted teacher trainees

The Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram is spe­cifi­cally de­signed to allow com­ple­tion paral­lel to teach­er train­ing for sec­ondary schools. Gifted and high-perform­ing stu­dents can start this addi­tional study as soon as they have ac­quired 100 ECTS in their regu­lar teach­er train­ing. As soon as they ac­com­plish a bache­lor’s de­gree, they can enroll in the master pro­gram.

Students can ac­quire ad­vanced skills in the field of STEM sub­jects. For this pur­pose, a wide varie­ty of dif­ferent cours­es in the sub­ject-specific master pro­grams is at choice. Apart from that, they obtain in­sights in recent sub­ject-specific or sub­ject di­dactic re­search areas by teach­ing meth­ods specif­ically creat­ed for the Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram. For this, inter­disci­pli­nary ex­change and em­bed­ding in inter­na­tional re­search with vari­ous free­doms for an indi­vidual priori­tiza­tion are char­acter­istic.

Individual priorities and personal development

The pro­file of the Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram is char­acter­ized by the stu­dents’ possi­bility to have a de­ter­min­ing influ­ence on the topics of their cours­es.

In addi­tion to that, indi­vidual priori­zation and per­sonal sup­port in small study groups are char­acter­istic of the Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram "MINT-Leh­ramt PLUS". In short, stu­dents are sup­ported in their per­sonal devel­op­ment and ac­quire vari­ous com­peten­cies they need for being suc­cess­ful in scien­tific posi­tions or for taking on re­spon­sibility as well as lead­ing posi­tions in the fields of educa­tion and sci­ence.

Portrait photo: Prof. Dr. Volker Ulm

In the Elite Graduate Program "MINT-Lehramt PLUS” students have a determining influence on the topics they want to delve into. A basic principle is: We create free space for personal development and overcome boundaries.

Prof. Dr. Volker Ulm

Snippets of the program

Summer School in Munich

Students of the Elite Graduate Program “MINT-Lehramt PLUS” visited museums, student labs, and out-of-school learning sites. Workshops provided new ideas for parent talks and lesson planning.

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A group of young people squats under a construction made of wooden sticks.

School lab on Helgoland

Stu­dents of the of the Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram “MINT-Leh­ramt PLUS” or­ganize a work­shop there on the topic of "Ocean Acid­ifica­tion" in the spirit of edu­cation for sus­taina­ble de­velopment.

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Three people stand on a footbridge and pull up a small container with a narrow rope.

Snippets of the research

Curves and Fields

In her master’s thesis, Naemi Fischer created a database of number fields associated to certain classes of hyperelliptic curves.

Wasps on courtship

In her master's thesis, Sandra Lang investigated the interaction of different courtship signals of a certain wasp species.

Smart heating

In his master thesis David Muff examined the dissipativity of infinite-dimensional systems. One use case for these systems is the controlling of heating.