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  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Degree Award: Bachelor of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission limited

Education - Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme

Within the scope of the Dual-subject Bachelor, you can take Educational science

  • as a Major (90 ECTS) combined with a Minor
  • as a primary or secondary dual subject (60 ECTS) or
  • as a Minor (30 ECTS) combined with a Major

Educational science can be studied either in connection with a non-teaching career goal or as a professional teaching qualification. If you want to become a teacher, you must follow the combinations of subjects (in German) for each teaching position.

Orientation and Goals

The Bachelor’s degree in Educational Science offers students a unique combination of theory and practice, and prepares them for careers as educational professionals. After successfully completing the programme, students will have acquired the necessary skills and theoretical knowledge to conduct systematic analyses of educational environments and practices.
This degree offered by the University of Oldenburg focuses on the many differences and inequalities in today’s society. Methods used by education professionals as well as prevalent discourses in the field, such as gender relations, inequalities in immigration societies, socio-class relations and abilities/disabilities, are at the heart of this degree programme.

Study Design and Contents

The Bachelor’s degree programme spans 6 semesters and comprises 180 ECTS credit points, divided as follows: the two core subjects (120 ECTS), specialisation modules (30 ECTS), the placement module (15 ECTS) and the Bachelor’s graduation module (15 ECTS).

30 ECTS credit points in Educational Science:
Students who want to gain 30 ECTS in Educational Science must complete the 4 core modules. By the end of these core modules, students will be able to name and explain the key concepts and fields of educational science, to understand the logic behind quantitative social research, to critically analyse educational theories and the development thereof, and to name and debate different requirements for professional practices and processes in education environments.

60 ECTS credit points in Educational Science:
Students who want to gain 60 ECTS in Educational Science must complete the 4 core modules (30 ECTS) plus additional advanced modules (30 ECTS). These advanced modules build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during the core modules. Students learn how to critically discuss the key concepts behind the methods used by educational professionals when dealing with inequality and identity issues, and to reflect on the connections between educational institutionalisation, the role of educational professionals and the different stages of life. The students learn how education professionals can influence and contribute to the design of educational, socio-political and legal policies. Students choose advanced modules from one of the four specialisation tracks. In these modules they learn the basics of and theory behind the practical work of educational professionals as well as the related discourse. The following specialisations are available:

  • Diversity-conscious Social Education
  • Rehabilitation Education
  • Migration Education
  • Further Education and Education Management

90 ECTS credit points in Educational Science:
Students who want to gain 90 ECTS in Educational Science must complete the core modules, the advanced modules and the Research Methods specialisation module. In this module, students learn how to collect and interpret their data and reflect upon their results in a critical and ethically responsible way.
For these students, the Project phase module is also an important component. In this module, students work on empirical research projects in small groups, and are supported and guided by lecturers and partners from the professional field. This module gives students the opportunity to develop their academic and research skills, as well as learn how to devise creative solutions and practical measures supported by theory. They develop an inquisitive attitude and have the chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.

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

Potential career fields for Educators with a focus on social work/special needs encompass areas such as education, counselling and life coaching, for example in youth care, youth work, in public child care, in advisory roles, women's shelters, and in mediating self help groups. Career opportunities lie primarily in social administration, welfare organisations, and other social institutions. In most of these fields, one of the most important responsibilities includes supporting the development and participation of people with handicaps and people considered 'at risk'.
Career fields for educators with a focus in the area of intercultural education and counselling include the areas mentioned above, but particularly those that pertain to intercultural issues and diversity in society. 'Typical' fields might include for example integration counselling, counselling for migrants, support for young migrants in seeking vocational training and employment, or the planning and organisation of learning processes.

If students are interested in a non-school-related goal, more information can be found at the professional field of Education and the professional field of Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Education (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

International applicants who received their prior education abroad should apply online through uni-assist. For further details see: Application for international students

Application/Admission Procedures

This course of studies accepts a limited number of applicants, and application is only possible in the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 20 August.
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