Facts and Data

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

Course of study

Special Needs Education - Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme

Within the scope of the Dual-subject Bachelor, you can take Special Needs Education

  • 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

Special Needs Education 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 for each teaching position.

Orientation and Goals

The career field for special needs teachers is shaped by diverse traditional and new educational opportunities for children, youths, and adults with various, and sometimes multiple, disabilities and risk factors. Special needs education is first and foremost a specialised pedagogical field and a necessary professional qualification that is tailored to address the needs of people with disabilities or who are subject to risk factors. The most important thinking that underpins the professionalisation of this field can be found in the philosophy of educational inclusion.

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

The career field for university educated special needs teachers is currently undergoing a period of significant development and change. Aspects such as gender, inter-cultural approaches, internationalism, and rehabilitation technology are increasing in importance.
This bachelor's programme in Special Needs Education opens the door to a number of possible career fields, including:
Early educational help and counselling in non-school institutions
Prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation in integrative, cooperative, and other institutions, as well as cooperation with families
Preparation and support for entering the labour market and careers (in the case of youths with disabilities)
Support for an independent lifestyle and help for people with disabilities in all life phases and situations
This bachelor's degree programme also qualifies students to begin a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) programme.

If students are interested in a non-school-related goal, more information can be found at 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.
(Changed: 2020-10-26)