Astronomy and Education
Structure of the Programme
The Astronomy and Education specialisation prepares students for a career in physics teaching and results in the teacher qualification (eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid) required for employment as a physics teacher in Dutch secondary schools. It is a joint programme offered in collaboration with the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON). The 2-year programme consists of an Astronomy component (60 EC) to be followed during the first year and an Education component (60 EC; only taught in Dutch) to be followed in the second year. In addition, you can also participate in the World Teachers Programme (WTP) to prepare for international teaching (60 EC, partly taught in Dutch).
Please note that entrance requirements for the Astronomy and Education specialisation include proof of Dutch language proficiency. This also holds for the World Teachers Programme. Applicants who have not been educated in the Dutch school system will have to take a Dutch language test (Toelatingsexamen Universiteit Leiden – gevorderd).
Programme first year: Astronomy (60 EC)
|Astronomy Core Courses, at least||500||12|
|Astronomy Courses of any type||400-500||6-12|
|Master's Research Project in Astronomy||600||30|
Programme second year: Education (60 EC, in Dutch)
|Learning and Instruction 1 & 2||300-400||8|
|Teaching Methodology 1 & 2||400-500||10|
|Teaching and Practice 1 & 2||-||30|
Programme second year: World Teachers Programme (60 EC, in Dutch/English)
|Learning and Instruction 1 & 2 (in English)||300-400||8|
|Teaching Methodology 1 & 2 (in Dutch)||400-500||10|
|Education Theory (in English)||400||5|
|Participatory Action Research (PAR, in English)||600||7|
|World Teachers Programme Seminars||-||-|
|School Practice (bilingual or international school)||-||15|
Master Study Plan
At the start of the master’s programme, students are required to draw up the Master Study Plan: a complete list of planned courses and projects for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Astronomy. To select courses, consult the course list for academic year 2017-2018 (see below) and the preliminary course list for academic year 2018-2019.
For more information on the specific requirements of this specialisation, see the appendix of the Course and Examination Regulations
Teaching Physics e-Prospectus (in Dutch)