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

Education - Bachelor's Programme

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 6-semester Bachelor’s degree in Educational Science comprises 180 ECTS credit points, divided as follows: core subject modules (120 ECTS), specialisation modules (30 ECTS), the placement module (15 ECTS) and the Bachelor’s graduation module (15 ECTS).

Students take the 4 core modules in the first academic year, by the end of which they 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.

The advanced modules (spanning 4 semesters) build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during the core modules. Students learn how to critically discuss key concepts of 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 also 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

The 8 specialisation modules (with a student workload of 60 ECTS) are taught in all 6 semesters. From the very start of the degree programme, students learn how to critically analyse the relationship between theory and practice in educational science. Students are also required to take the Research Methods specialisation module. In this module, they learn how to collect and interpret their data and reflect upon their results in a critical and ethically responsible way.

Here, the Project phase module is also an important component. Students work on empirical research projects in small groups, and are supported and guided by lecturers and partners from the professional field. This 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.

During the three Educational Psychology modules, students learn how to analyse and plan educational processes according to the stage of life and educational background of their client(s). They learn how to relate social experiences and behaviour in everyday life to fundamental social and sociopsychological theories and how to assess their clients’ psychological requirements so that they can develop educational measures, predict the impact of those measures and adjust them accordingly.
In the advanced modules for the various tracks, students learn how to connect basic theory to the relevant practical aspects of educational professionals’ work.

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

This Bachelor’s programme prepares students for both the world of work and a Master’s degree. Graduates go on to work in various positions at many different types of institutions:

  • Child care facilities (e.g. crèches, day-care centres, day care for schoolchildren)
  • Facilities that provide help to children, youths, parents and families (e.g. parent-child facilities, youth residential groups, child custody authorities and information offices, general and municipal social services, youth welfare office)
  • School social work (e.g. supporting students in the transition from school to vocational training, conflict resolution programmes, developing, processing and implementing conflict management strategies)
  • Facilities that support and promote work for the elderly, geriatric care centres (e.g. offices for senior citizens, neighbourhood assistance)
  • Counselling agencies for people in precarious or acute situations or with specific concerns (e.g. social counselling, addiction counselling, assistance for offenders, services for young migrants, counselling for victims of sexual or violent attacks)
  • Recreational facilities with socio-educational services (e.g. youth centres, adventure playgrounds, extracurricular learning centres)
  • Institutions that support community and cultural work (e.g. district meetings, cultural centres)
  • Institutions that promote civic engagement (e.g. volunteer organisations, human rights organisations)
  • Educational institutions for adults (e.g. community colleges, trades unions, churches, associations, academies)
  • Business and foundations
  • Chambers and associations (e.g. Chambers of Commerce)
  • Universities/Universities of Applied Sciences:

Please note: Completing this Bachelor’s degree in Educational Science does not mean that students are automatically state-certified.

Find out more about careers in education and special needs and rehabilitation education.

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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