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Protestant Theology and Religious Studies as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education

Protestant Theology and Religious Studies as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education
(Bachelor of Arts)

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Course type
undergraduate studies (2 subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Special Requirements

The proof of a special educational internship or equivalent practical work in educational work with people with disadvantages or disabilities is compulsory.

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Protestant Theology and Religious Studies is offered as a second subject (or supplementary teaching subject) within the bachelor's programme Special Needs Education. As first subject Special Needs Education is studied. The first two semesters are reserved for the contents of the first subject. The courses of the second subject will be added by the third semester.

Protestant theology involves academic reflection of the Christian faith. Based on its biblical foundations, the issue of faith is broached as a part of history as well as an element of individual, ecclesiastical and social reality. God, man and the world – and the interactions between them – are addressed from the perspective of Reformed theology. Various conceptions of transcendence, religion and faith help students to comprehend the study content. In this way, students gain the skills required to discuss fundamental questions of life with children, adolescents and adults in their later professional life. The religious landscape in Europe and the globalised world has changed dramatically. Our lifeworld is characterised by growing secularisation as well as a return to religiosity in many areas. The aim of the degree programme is to enable students to determine and assess these processes from the Protestant perspective and, on the basis of their own reasoned stance, to guide others in the search for their positions.

Cross-denominational courses are offered in close cooperation with the Catholic Theology Section. Courses include field trips and block courses that enable students to expand on their knowledge outside the university. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover provides a mentorship programme to students throughout the degree programme.

Further information on the website of the Institute of Theology (German language only)

Areas of Focus

  • Elementarisation
  • Inclusion and religious education
Course Content

Graduates are able to understand and analyse the Christian religion, past and present; take an independent and reasoned stance on theology and religious education; reflect critically on religious positions and traditions in church, school, culture and society, and assign them to problem areas of religious education; critically interpret biblical and historical sources both historically and with regard to the present day; understand Christianity in the context of general cultural and religious history; reflect on ethical problems from a theological perspective; and provide information on a number of non-Christian religions. In a bid to teach students theological skills, theology considers its origins and the criteria for speaking about God in the bible (Biblical Theology); explores the history of Christianity (Historical Theology); interprets faith in a scientifically supported manner in the context of the search for truth (Systematic Theology); and considers the significance of theology and faith for the life of humankind and the understanding of reality in such a way that students are able to structure and support religious educational processes responsibly (Religious Studies).









Compulsory modules



Basic module 0: Introduction [8 CP]

  • BM 0b: Bible Studies OT/NT

Basic module 3-4: Systematic Theology / Church History [8 CP]

  • BM 3a: Introduction to Dogmatics


  • BM 3b: Introduction to Ethics


  • BM 4a: Basic course History of Ancient Christianity


  • BM 4b: Basic course History of Modern Christianity

Topic module 3: Subject Discipline [6 CP]

  • TM 3: Subject Discipline

Basic module 5: Religious Studies [8 CP]

  • BM 5a: Basic course History of Religious Studies
  • BM 5b: Basic course Religious Studies and Religious Education





Recommended Abilities
  • An enquiring mind
  • Enjoyment of academically analysing the Christian faith
  • An interest in ancient languages
  • An interest in history and philosophy
  • The desire to gain an intellectual understanding of past and present faith
  • Willingness to undertake extensive text reception and interpretation
  • Keenness to debate
  • In addition: an interest in special needs education action contexts
Career Opportunities
  • Early intervention, counselling, as well as disability, integration and family support
  • Supportive educational work at regular or special needs schools in the profile-shaping specialisation “Learning and Development”, “Linguistic Development and Education”, “Speech and Communication (goal: Speech Therapy)” and “Consultation”
  • Church work
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor’s degree programme in special needs education generally is admission restricted.

As second subject some subjects in the Bachelor’s degree programme in special needs education are restricted (Applied Linguistics (non-school-based), German Studies (school subject: German), History, Arts, Music, Social Studies and Science ("Sachkunde") and Sports (school subject: Physical Education) and others are admission-free (Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education) and Mathematics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations:

Application Deadlines

First-year students (Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

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

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

You want to apply?

Application deadline for restricted admission bachelor's programmes extended until August 20, 2020

Please note: The application deadline for the winter semester 2020/21 has been extended once to August 20, 2020 for all undergraduate programmes with restricted admission (bachelor and state examination).

The deadline extension applies exclusively and once for applicants from Germany and the EU as well as for graduates of the "Studienkolleg" in Germany.

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