Astronomy and Education
Structure of the Programme
The Astronomy and Education specialisation prepares you 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 two-year programme consists of an Astronomy component (60 EC) in the first year and an Education component (60 EC; only taught in Dutch) in the second year. Alternatively, you can 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 a proof of Dutch language proficiency. This also holds for the World Teachers Programme. Applicants who have not been educated in the Dutch secondary 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||12||500|
|Astronomy Courses related to the research topic||6-12||400-500|
|Master's Research Project in Astronomy||30||600|
Programme second year: Education (60 EC, in Dutch)
|Leren en instructie 1||3||300|
|Vakdidactiek Natuurkunde 1||5||400|
|Leren en instructie 2||3||400|
|Innovaties in onderwijs||3||400|
|Vakdidactiek Natuurkunde 2||5||500|
Programme second year: World Teachers Programme (60 EC, in Dutch/English)
|Learning and Instruction 1 & 2 (in English)||8||300-400|
|Adolescent Psychology (in English)||5||400|
|Subject Methodology (in Dutch)||10||400-500|
|Participatory Action Research (PAR, in English)||7||600|
|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 2020-2021 (see below) and the preliminary course list for academic year 2021-2022.
For more information on the specific requirements of this specialisation, see the appendix of the Course and Examination Regulations