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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission limited
  • Special admission requirements




The focus rehabilitation pedagogy (Rehabilitationspädagogik) is offered since the winter semester 2016/2017 as a self-contained degree programme rehabilitation pedagogy

Educational Science - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The master's programme in Pedagogy and Educational Theory, along with its specialisations in diversity-aware social work, rehabilitative education, life-long learning / education management and migration and education, offers students at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg a technical and research oriented course of studies. Graduates are equipped for careers in social work, intercultural education, and the organisation of life-long learning. This enables graduates to take up further education or scientific activities in these areas.
The goal of this programme is to give students the theoretical and research oriented educational knowledge, skills, and abilities that they need in order to be able to intervene on an educational level, arrange educational interventions processes, organise and evaluate and/or worth through educationally significant problems and issues.
One strong point of this programme lies in the enhanced and research oriented (also in the sense of practical research) engagement with heterogeneity and difference in social processes and their significance for educational activity (exemplary concerning differences relating to gender, ethno-cultural diversity, social situation and inequality, and special needs). This programme is therefore intended to give students the capacity to investigate and deal with the meaningful effects of social modernisation processes on biographical processes in their complexity and interconnectedness. Furthermore, this programme is meant to give students the skills they need to recognise the significance of such issues in relation to educational action, as well as the corresponding knowledge to mediate, reflect reasonably, and intervene.

The focus rehabilitation pedagogy (Rehabilitationspädagogik) is offered since the winter semester 2016/2017 as a self-contained degree programme rehabilitation pedagogy

Study Design and Contents

This course of studies lasts 4 semesters (full time). Part time study is possible.

Teaching and Learning

Face to face instruction
Lectures, seminars, and practice sessions

Reasons for Studying

The master's programme in Pedagogy and Educational Theory enables students to enhance their educational knowledge and skills in the areas of social work, life-long learning, as well as migration and education. These aspects can be connected to one another in order to allow for an individual career profile. This programme's orientation toward research and theory is additionally intended to focus on the practical application and deepening of knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods. This programme also offers advisory assistance in the form of advice and a choice of courses aimed at career orientation, allowing the opportunity for personal reflection and individual career development.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

After successfully completing this master's programme, graduates can seek employment in a variety of fields, including the areas of leadership, planning, development, and research in non-school education areas (for example youth work, associations, churches, businesses, ministries, further education institutions, adult education, cultural bodies). There are also opportunities in teacher training and in educational fields relating to schools (for example school social work, school and educational research) as well as in the academic field of teaching and research.

Find out more about the professional field of Education and the professional field of Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Education (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Pedagogy or Educational Science or in a closely related field worth at least 60 credit points
  • At least 9 credit points in methods of quantitative and/or qualitative research

Application/Admission Procedures

This course of studies accepts a limited number of applicants. Application is possible only in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 July.
(Changed: 31 May 2023)  |