ZfsL

The Center for Practical Teacher Training (ZfsL) Juelich is a public teacher training institution under the government of the Ministry of School and Education of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany. As an institution of initial teacher training the ZfsL is primarily specialized in the training and process-oriented evaluation of practical teaching skills. The vast majority of the approx. 200 candidates in the department of secondary higher schools and 75 candidates in the department of schools for special needs are trained for an 18-month period after having obtained a teaching specific university degree, while the department also offers programs for on-job qualification for postgraduates in teaching with no teaching-specific university exam, and special adaptation courses for aspiring teachers with EU-degrees in teaching (directive 2005/36/EC). The candidates are provided with seminars in their respective subjects and one general seminar in teaching skills while being practically involved as teachers in a school in the region. Staff members of the department provide supervision on a regular basis.

The program of the department is defined in terms of competence and standards for the teaching profession. The development of training modules, micro-teaching and simulation units is one central task of the curriculum. Staff comprises 53 instructors, experienced high-school teachers who continuously partake in in-service training and further education.

Stress resilience, health-related issues and sustainable work-life-balance of teachers is one major aspect in the program of the general seminar in educational skills, which also includes counselling and coaching.