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Art as subject in the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools

Art as subject in the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools
(Master of Education)

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C2
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Special Requirements

Special pedagogical internship, taking into account the special needs education and the subject of instruction and a special pedagogical internship of at least four weeks each, must have been completed (compulsory).

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Art is offered as a second subject (or supplementary teaching subject) within the master’s degree programme Special Needs Education for Schools. As first subject Special Needs Education is studied. The first subject, special needs education, is studied at the Leibniz University of Hannover, the subject of art at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts (HBK Braunschweig).

The master's programme deepens the artistic practice and reflection of special needs education activities with regard to school and teaching. The aim is to test translation processes between art and special needs education contexts and to scientifically reflect on what makes art education work in multi-professional teams at cultural and educational institutions necessary today.

Art didactics and inclusion in theory and practice form the focus of the programme - flanked by complex discussions of artistic processes and media, which are specified with regard to areas of art education and teaching contexts. Networking with facilities, workshops and placement services for people with disabilities as well as collaboration with schools is an important starting point. In cooperation projects, formats are experimentally tested that explore the specific potential of art for special needs education teachers.

Course Content

  • Artistic practice between art/teaching/science
  • Art and culture in the context of relevant reference disciplines
  • Artistic and educational project work
  • Aspects of the mediation of art
  • Dealing with heterogeneity and inclusion
  • Media skills
  • Issues relating to art history and art
  • Specialist teaching and educational action competence
  • Teaching practice
Recommended Abilities
  • An interest and enjoyment in working with children and young people with special educational needs
  • Subject-specific and teaching skills
  • Excellent social and communication skills
  • The ability to cooperate and work in a team
  • The ability to reflect critically on one’s own thoughts and actions
Career Opportunities

Graduates of this degree programme are entitled to embark on the preparatory phase of teacher training at a special school and/or integrative/inclusive school. In addition, graduates may also embark on an academic career, e.g. by pursuing a doctorate.

Former students work at schools and colleges, in continuing education and training. Apart from working in schools, Job opportunities can be in the area of special education work in early intervention, counseling, as well as disability, integration and family support.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master's degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester
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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover