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BA Programme Graduate Profile: Teaching Assistant

Students acquire skills necessary to perform direct teaching activities in classes attended by children or pupils with special educational needs as well as to carry out individual integration. Graduates can also work in leisure centres, as instructors in youth boarding houses or in after-school care, and in various civic associations focusing on educational activities. Besides these professional options, they can also enter the follow-up MA programme or the teaching programme for the respective subject at primary/secondary school level.

Students acquire a number of competencies over the course of the study:
  • They can design, realise and evaluate leisure activities (like courses in nature, after-school care, education in free time etc.) appropriate to age and interests of learners as well as the development stage of the social group.
  • They are able to define and arrange goals and methods of educational activities according to specific needs of a target group.
  • They can establish (together with individuals in question) sets of basic rules of behaviour for the needs of educational and interest groups (school club, playgroup, clubhouse, adult education in free time) and test these in teaching practice.
  • They are prepared to cooperate with different teachers at school and can work in classes following their lead or in cooperation.
  • They are capable of communicating with teachers regarding current needs in class, and following consultation, they may also work with individual pupils or groups in classroom.
  • They can direct pupils, groups, or classes and provide formative feedback on learning assignments.
  • They can evaluate pupils’ work according to a teacher’s instructions.
  • They have a basic knowledge of communication with pupils’ parents.
  • They are aware of specialised advisory centres within the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and are familiar with their agenda.
  • They are able to identify basic types of behaviour disorders and problems, search for their causes and together with other involved parties (teacher, parents, school consultant or advisor within facilities of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports) provide specific (individual) remedial solutions.
  • They are capable of identifying the characteristics of both an individual and a social group. In individual cases, this means ascertaining interests and the status of motivation for learning among them, attitude towards school and particular subjects within school curricula, and possible arrangements towards improving the discovered condition.