“What should I study?” asked Tobias Joswig himself two years ago. “I really wanted to study something technical, but I just could not decide on the oversupply of courses,” says the student of his former dilemma. He is uncertain, does not want to make a wrong decision and later regret it. He thinks about where he has other interests: “I have always found work with people exciting. Explaining is also a lot of fun – but I could never imagine a purely teacher training course.” He then accidentally discovered the engineering education program at Aalen University.
Dr. Marcus Liebschner, professor in the degree course, explains: “We combine two subject areas in engineering pedagogy: technology and pedagogy.” The goal of the study is to train teachers for the industrial-technical area. However, the diverse orientation of the degree program offers graduates various career opportunities already after their first academic degree. The teacher training course is offered in cooperation with the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd. While the technical subjects are being taught in Aalen, the pedagogical part is being trained in Schwäbisch Gmünd. “The special feature is that engineering educators understand the technology and can then explain it in a high-quality way,” says Professor Liebschner. The study program is offered in two professional disciplines: energy and automation engineering with the beginning of studies in the summer semester and the manufacturing technology with studies beginning in the winter semester.
Graduates can, for example, gain a foothold in the education and training sector, continue their studies until higher education at vocational schools, or work as engineers through their solid technical education. Tobias Joswig is certain: “I want to become a commercial teacher!” He is on the best way as he has already reached the fifth semester.