Learning Outcomes of the Master of Teaching: Physics

Discipline-specific component

Problem solving skills

1. The Master should be able to identify orders of magnitude in situations that are physically different but show analogies and in this way reuse known solutions in new problems.

Literature research

2. The Master is able to search and apply physics literature and other technical literature, as well as other resources that are relevant to research and technical project development. Proficiency in scientific English is mandatory.

Learning skills

3. The Master is able to explore new areas through independent study.


4. The Master is able to adapt existing models to new experimental data.

Basic and applied research

5. The Master acquires an understanding of nature, of the way in which research in physics is performed, and how this research is applicable in many other domains such as engineering.

Mathematical skills

6. The Master understands and masters the use of the most common mathematical and numerical methods.

Breakthrough research

7. The Master has a good knowledge of the current state of research in at least one active area of physics.

Experimental skills

8. The Master is familiar with the main experimental methods and is able to independently conduct experiments, and to describe, analyze and critically evaluate the results.

Broad overview of the field of physics

9. The Master is familiar with the main domains of physics and the techniques applied in multiple disciplines.

Staying up to date

10. The Master can keep up with new developments and methods.

Ethical awareness (relevant to physics)

11. The Master is able to identify the social and ethical aspects of research and of professional activity in physics and its responsibility to protect the public health and the environment.

Absolute standards

12. The Master is familiar with the history, the variety and enjoyment of physics discoveries and theories and can convey these with passion.

Teaching component

Frame of reference

13. The Master of Teaching masters specialized theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the basic competences of teachers as formulated in the "Decision of the Flemish Government of 8 June 2018 concerning the basic competences of teachers", pedagogically as well as with regards to the teaching methodology.

14. The Master of Teaching has profound knowledge in the subject matter of the discipline as made explicit in the discipline-specific learning outcomes.

15. The Master of Teaching can independently extend, update, broaden and deepen the educational, didactical and domain-specific knowledge and connect it with current social topics and developments. The Master of Teaching can independently apply and integrate this knowledge and use it to create challenging learning environments for learners. Based on the acquired competences, the Master of Teaching can develop new ideas for the educational practice and check these against reality.

Class level

16. The Master of Teaching can map the initial situation and the specific educational needs of a learning group and of individual learners. The Master of Teaching can create a learning environment that connects in all its didactical components (learning objectives, content, learning material, work and grouping methods, evaluation and feedback) with the initial situation and that is inclusive and responsive with regards to the diversity in the learning group.

17. The Master of Teaching has class management skills to create a positive learning and living environment. The Master of Teaching can support the broad personal, intellectual and social development of students through targeted activities and formal and informal interactions.

18. The Master of Teaching can cope with diversity and with the context of a metropolitan environment.

19. The Master of Teaching can make a short or long term plan for the organisation of teaching and learning activities with a view to creating a structured, efficient, safe and stimulating learning environment, based on scientific evidence.

Collaboration with partners

20. The Master of Teaching can communicate with parents or carers with different backgrounds in various language situations with a view to exchanging information, to stimulating the involvement and participation and to developing constructive solutions together to support and stimulate the learning of the learners.

21. The Master of Teaching can collaborate constructively with external partners with a view to enriching the education and training offer and to facilitating the flow between education levels and the job market.

Inquisitive attitude

22. The Master of Teaching can independently access available (inter)national scientific research in the domain of the teaching profession in general or in their discipline in particular, approach it in a critical-reflective way and apply the insights in their own class and school context.

23. The Master of Teaching knows the possibilities and the limits of different theoretical paragdigms in educational, didactical and discipline-specific research.

24. The Master of Teaching treats information, education practices, methodologies and learning tools critically and reflectively, based on scientific evidence. The Master of Teaching is aware of gaps in the empirical evidence to fill the teaching role appropriately.

25. The Master of Teaching can complete a research cycle on a topic relevant to education whereby they can make a contribution to the developments in education based on theoretical and practice-oriented insights.

26. The Master of Teaching can contribute to school policy and school development based on an active and inquisitive attitude to professional innovation.

27. The Master of Teaching can adjust their functioning as a teacher through inquisitive learning and critical self-evaluation and thus give direction and innovation to their professional practice and development.

School and society

28. The Master of Teaching has insight in the organisational principles of schools and of good school policy.

29. The Master of Teaching can collaborate constructively with colleagues in a school team. The Master of Teaching can initiate, participate in and lead disciplinary and interdisciplinary team meetings and activities beyond the classroom.

30. The Master of Teaching can communicate with colleagues and other stakeholders in education about educational topics, the teaching profession and solutions they have developed for the educational practice and can participate as professional in the social debate.