MASTER Physics and Chemistry Teaching

The 1st and 2nd years of the Master’s in Physics and Chemistry Teaching aim to:
- prepare students for the CAPES / CAFEP competitive exams in physics and chemistry by providing a sound bi-disciplinary programme that encompasses both theory and practical experiment,
- train students to go into the teaching profession,
- enable students to complete their education by acquiring knowledge of other fields (research, scientific dissemination, participation in projects, etc.),
- prepare students specifically for the CLES2 and C2i2e (certificates required in the event of students’ passing the competitive exams).

The programme also provides sound preparation for the CAPLP mathematics / physical sciences competitive exam (a few extra hours of mathematics are included).
  • Objectives of the 2nd year of the Master’s
The 2nd year is more specifically devoted to intensive preparation for and passing of the CAPES exam (written tests at the end of the 3rd Semester and oral tests at the end of the 4th Semester), and to practical experience in the teaching profession through placement in a school.

  • Targeted intake - conditions for admission
In the 1st year: students with a general Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Physics or Physics & Chemistry, or a qualification judged equivalent by the Masters’ Educational Committee.

In the 2nd year: students with a 1st-year Master’s or a qualification judged to be equivalent, subject to validation by the Master’s Educational Committee.

The qualification may also be taken in the context of ongoing education, with possible accreditation of professional experience.

Competitive exams are held in the 2nd year. Enrolment for them is independent of registration for the Master’s.

  • General organisation of the course
The programme comprises:
In the 1st year (564 hours apart from placement) : 342 hours of disciplinary training, 132 hours of professional training, didactics and ICTE, 50 hours of introduction to other fields (projects), 40 hours of English, and 3 weeks’ placement in a lower or upper secondary school.

In the 2nd year (464 hours apart from placement): 80 hours of preparation for the written test (including 10 hours of maths to help prepare for the CAPLP), 200 hours of preparation for the oral test on experiment setup (épreuve orale de montage), 70 hours of preparation for the oral simulation test on teaching practices (épreuve orale sur dossier) (including 10 hours of maths), 24 hours of preparation for the “Acting as a civil servant” oral test, 80 hours of professional and didactics training , and a 4-week placement as a teacher in a school, or other placement.

During the oral preparation, a professional placement agreement (accreditation of experience with ECTS) is drawn up to enable autonomous work in a school lab facility.

Professional training of future teachers is carried out by the University Teacher-Training Institute (IUFM) and, with the exception of didactics, is common to the various Masters in teaching (common core training modules [UE]).

1st Year (Semester 1):
UE1-1: In-depth study of the basics of physics (68 hours, 6 ECTS)
UE1-2: In-depth study of the basics of chemistry (68 hours, 6 ECTS)
UE 1-3: Experimentation in physics and chemistry (42 hours, 4 ECTS)
UE1-4: Common core training (36 hours, 2 ECTS)
UE1-5: Didactics of physical sciences, history of science and epistemology (4 ECTS)
UE1-6: Discovering the world of research and supervised project (36 hours, 4 ECTS)
UE1-7: English (20 hours, 3 ECTS)

1st Year (Semester 2):

UE2-1: Applications of physics (56 hours, 6 ECTS)
EU2-1: Applications of chemistry (56 hours, 6 ECTS)
UE2-3: Experimental didactics and demonstrative experiments (62 hours, 5 ECTS)
UE2-4: ICTE (15 hours, 2 ECTS)
UE2-5: Common core training (30 hours, 2 ECTS)
UE2-6: Analysis of physics/chemistry teaching practices (15 hours, 3 ECTS)
UE2-7: Discovery and supervised practice placement in a school (3 weeks, 3 ECTS)
UE2-8: English (20 hours, 3 ECTS)

2nd Year (Semester 3):
UE3-1: Intensive preparation for the written test in physics and mathematical tools (50 hours, 8 ECTS)
UE3-2: Intensive preparation for the written test in chemistry (40 hours, 8 ECTS)
UE3-3: Preparation for the experiment setup test (40 hours, 6 ECTS)
UE3-4: Common core training (26 hours, 3 ECTS)
UE3-5: Didactics of physical sciences and history of the discipline (30 hours, 5 ECTS)

2nd Year (Semester 4, Option 1):

UE4-1: Experimental setup test in physics and chemistry (160 hours, 6 ECTS)
UE4-2: Test on teaching practices (70 hours, 4 ECTS)
UE4-3: Ethics and deontology (24 hours, 2 ECTS)
UE4-4: Analysis of physics/chemistry teaching practices (24 hours, 2 ECTS)
UE4-5: School placement (8 ECTS)
UE4-6: Professional placement in physics or supervised placement (APE, 4 ECTS)
UE4-7: Professional placement in chemistry or supervised placement (APE, 4 ECTS)

Two further options are available in the 4th Semester: research placement or the University of Orleans’ Masters in Education and Training “dissemination of science” option (place: Orleans, subject to the course being opened).

  • Continuation of studies
Registration in a course preparatory to the agrégation in physical sciences is a possibility.

Reorientation and continuation of education in the research sector is a possibility, subject to the student carrying out a placement in a laboratory in the 4th Semester and complementing the programme with the specialised research modules offered as options in the 4th Semester.
  • Professional prospects
This professional speciality trains teachers, the professional sector concerned being mainly made up of State and private secondary schools.

The programme is also adapted to a variety of careers involving competences in scientific communication or activities, or dissemination of science.