The Department of Technical Education of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Maribor is a collective of renowned professors and (young) researchers. The collective consists of 9 members who come from different fields, such as didactics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, modern technologies, etc. Together, they form an integrated team, enabling students to acquire knowledge from different spheres. We want to educate students and, above all, inspire in them a thirst for knowledge, because it is not enough to get to know the world and the rules that govern the world – we must remember that the irresistible desire to change this world and adapt it to our needs and desires, is also part of human nature. And this is precisely what our professors and our study programs will enable you to do – change the world and make your life easier.
Becoming a teacher - study programs
To become a teacher is first and foremost a desire and ultimately a decision of the individual. But by deciding that you want to become a teacher, you are also accepting a mission. A teacher’s job is not only imparting knowledge onto the young generation, but also educating them. We need to be aware that we will be passing our knowledge onto younger generations, and thereby co-creating the future.
At the Department of Technical Education, we offer two options – you can become a teacher of a single subject (Technology and Technical Studies), or a teacher of two subjects (Technology and Technical Studies, and an additional natural sciences’ subject). Therefore, in our department you can choose between the following two study programs:
Masters’ Study Program
Double-Subject Study Program With Optional Courses
levels 1 and 2 combined
5 years, 300 ECTS
The study program is intended for those who wish to become teachers. The candidate can select any two out of the following directions:
- Educational mathematics
- Educational computer science
- Educational physics
- Educational biology
- Educational chemistry
- Educational technical studies
Single-Subject Study Program – Level 2
Single-Subject Masters’ Study Program
2 years, 120 ECS
The study program is intended for all those who wish to become teachers of Technical Education only. Because this Level 2 study program, candidates are required to have a completed Level 1 study program. Upon completing this study program, you become a teacher of Technical Education.
TITLE: M.Sc. in Technical Education
Doctoral degree programmes
If you are enthusiastic about becoming a teacher/educator, and want to learn more about education, we also offer a doctoral study program. You can enroll in the latter upon successful completion of Level 1 and Level 2 studies. You have the option of research work as part of your doctoral program. This means that with the support of mentors/tutors, as well as independently, you will be able to explore the desired scientific field within education.
Doctoral Study Program (Doctoral School)
Single-Subject Study Program
4 years, 240 ECTS
This study program is intended for all those who have completed study at a lower level, and are interested in acquiring specialized knowledge from the field of education. The study program is individually oriented, and operates according to the doctoral school principle.
TITLE: Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
With its nineteen member institutions, the university is turning into a central development institution attracting talented students from all over the world and providing a development context where excellence is at home at all levels.
The management is aware that close ties between the university as a central educational and research institution and its local environment and the industry are of the utmost importance. For this reason, various activities aimed at integrating knowledge and R&D with the industry are being implemented in order to initiate concrete projects contributing to new jobs and new products with high added value. The University of Maribor is thus bringing together knowledge, research findings and the industry. The central project in this area is called IOT – Innovative Open Technologies. The information portal Vzhodna.si will serve as an entry point also in other development projects.
The University of Maribor is developing new fields, testing new teaching and learning methods and constantly searching for new methods of cooperation with its environment. Various international awards prove that the university is on the right track. This year, UM was ranked among the best global universities and earned the highest score among Slovene universities on Times Higher Education World University Rankings examining how universities fulfil their primary mission in different areas. In 2014, UM also received an award for the well-being of foreign students at HE institutions.
In Slovenia and abroad, UM is recognised as a university providing students with an excellent learning experience and producing top graduates. Now it is time for you to become a part of this creative and development-oriented story.
You can read more at the UM website.
The Faculty of Natural sciences and Mathematics (FNM) was founded in 2006. It came to be when Faculty of Education broke down into three different faculties. FNM is divided into different departments: Department of Biology, Department of Physics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences and Department of Technical Studies.
The faculty carries out many different study programs whose quality is insured by our excellent academic staff. The faculty’s employees are world-renowned scientists and researchers and with their work, they put the faculty at the top in the field of research. Successful research activities can be seen in our useful and relevant study programs. Further proof of the quality of our academic staff is in student surveys, where teachers at FNM score best. FNM is therefore a faculty of great quality that is also most student friendly.
All the study programs at our faculty were remade to fit the bolonja system. Some new programs already start out as bolonja. Since 09/10 our faculty only offers new, bolonja study programs.
You can read more at the FNM UM website.
The members of the University of Maribor use the European Credit System ECTS for the purposes of international exchanges and recognition of their obligations abroad. The completed study obligations are recognized by students at the home faculty in the form of transferred credits. ECTS is one of the foundations for the creation of a European Higher Education Area, with the introduction of European education systems making it compatible and comparable.
The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit system is chosen as the starting point for the credit study, where the ECTS credit point is a unit of measure for the total student workload (contact hours and individual work). The student earns all ECTS credits of the course when he / she successfully passes the exam, regardless of the positive mark. Before graduation, the student must collect at least the minimum required credit points according to the study program. Such a system allows for easy comparability of study programs and obligations, and is used in international student exchange.
We are also pleased to see our students attend study abroad. They gain invaluable experience there, which certainly represents an advantage in their career path. That is why the University of Maribor strives to increase its visibility in the European and World Higher Education Area and maximize internationalization and openness to the international higher education area – not only through student exchanges, but also through our students’ participation in international conferences, events, etc.
The university and the faculty are involved in a number of international connectivity projects, with more emphasis on Erasmus +. The University of Maribor and thus our faculty have so far signed Erasmus bilateral agreements with numerous foreign universities. Together, we strive for a balanced number of students attending exchanges with us and our students attending exchanges in other countries.
We will be glad if you decide for a student exchange and choose our faculty.
I decided to study engineering (in addition to mathematics) because I was drawn to the course. This allows for a lot of practical work – that is, working in a school workshop where we have made many beautiful and useful products made of different materials. It would also highlight the individualized approach of work due to smaller groups and the ability to adapt the study process to students. During my studies I had the opportunity to participate in the research Erasmus + project “Green4U”, which allowed me to gain new and different insights that complemented the content of the study.
Jasmina Herič, student of Educational Engineering and Educational Mathematics
The doctoral study at the Department of Engineering is intended for anyone interested in in-depth knowledge of a particular field. Students are thus able to explore the area that interests them. Our curriculum is adapted accordingly: it includes those subjects that relate to our research work. The added value of a PhD is also in the monthly meetings of all Level 3 students of the Department of Technical Education, where we exchange positive results, information and other relevant findings from our research work.
Dejan Zemljak, PhD student of Technical Studies in Education
After 7 years of teaching engineering and mathematics at 3 different schools, he has been successfully managing the Bistrica ob Sotli Primary School for the thirteenth year. Largely supporting collaborators and students in new technologies, techniques, and robotics, indirectly, the 2017 RoboBoS FLL School Team ranked # 1 in the world of design and engineering among the world’s 68th best teams in the World Robotics Competition of America (University of Arkansas).
Message to prospective students: “You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” (American proverb)
Bogomir Marcinkovic, prof. production technical education and mathematics
I decided to study engineering because I am excited about teaching technical studies. The study is dynamic, interesting, instructive and very fun. I did very well in the Engineering Department. I have established a genuine and fair relationship with professors and assistants. While studying engineering, I acquired competencies that enabled me to get a job in education or business immediately.
I recommend the study of engineering to everyone, because I know that they will gain professional and practical knowledge that will benefit them in their daily lives.
Igor Kosak, prof. production-technical education and physics