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Kunst im Masterstudiengang Lehramt für Sonderpädagogik

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
Primary 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.

At the Master’s stage, students expand on and differentiate between the content and skills acquired in the subject of Art in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Special Needs Education, and reflect on their relevance for practice. In artistic projects combining art and science, students develop their own design approaches and recognise them as potential for teaching processes. In this connection, the learning potential of artistic methods is determined and developed in the transfer of exemplary teaching projects.

Aesthetic teaching in theory and practice is a key area of the degree programme – flanked by the multi-level examination of works of art that are specified with regard to areas of activity and teaching contexts in art education.

Further information on the website of the Institute of Practical Design and Art History (German language only)

Areas of Focus

  • Art and culture in the context of relevant reference disciplines
  • Artistic and educational project work
  • Artistic practice between art/teaching/science
  • Aspects of the mediation of art
  • Dealing with heterogeneity and inclusion
  • Essential media skills
  • Issues relating to art history and art
  • Specialist teaching and educational action competence
  • Teaching practice
Course Content

A distinctive feature of the subject, which also constitutes the basis of the course structure at the Master’s stage, is the close connection between aesthetic/artistic practice and academic reflection. Expanding on students’ own aesthetic experiences, they especially establish an awareness of specialist educational thought and action. Besides artistic practice as well as art history and art, the programme also includes a two-semester teaching project involving mutual transfer between subject-didactic theory and practice. With a view to teacher training, students experience working with heterogeneous starting conditions in visual arts and learn how to relate visual processes to educational processes.


Module MA 1

Artistic Practice between

Module MA 2

Art History and Art

Module MA 3

Aesthetic Teaching
in Theory and Practice


MA 1.1 (6 CP)

Artistic Projects I

MA 2.1 (3 CP)

Issues relating to Art History and Art



MA 1.2 (6 CP)

Artistic Projects II

MA 2.2 (3 CP)

Scientific References and Aspects of Mediation





MA 3.1 (3 CP)

Teaching and Methodological Aspects of Art Education

MA 3.2 (1 CP)

Introduction to
Portfolio Work

MA 3.3 (3 CP)

Teaching Practice I




MA 3.4 (5 CP)

Teaching Practice II

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