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German Studies as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education

German Studies as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education
(Bachelor of Arts)

An open old book with text on the left and a picture of two women on the right. © Mandy Dröscher-Teille, LUH
© Mandy Dröscher-Teille, LUH


Course type
Undergraduate studies (2 Subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

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

Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

German 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.

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Special Needs Education enables students to choose whether they wish to focus on school-based or non-school-based activities. Students who choose the school-based focus may select German Studies as their second subject; those interested in the non-school-based direction can take Applied Linguistics as their second subject.

German Studies as a second subject involves introductory modules from the areas of literary studies, linguistics and German teaching, totalling 30 credit points. The modules provide an introduction to key working techniques and an initial overview of the methods, topics and theories of the subject. At the same time, the modules constitute the basis for independently exploring specialist issues and prepare students for a later transition to the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools with German Studies as the second subject.

The special feature of this programme is the way in which the seminars and lectures are designed: whereas individual courses in the subject of German Studies are tailored towards issues relating to special needs education, in all other courses students are taught together with students on teacher training courses for grammar schools and technical education. This gives them ample opportunity to practice the forms of cooperation that will be part of their future everyday working Environment.

Further information on the website of the programme German Studies

Course Content

  • Introduction to genre-specific textual analysis
  • Language teaching
  • Literature teaching
  • Morphology
  • Overview of periods of literary history
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Semantics and pragmatics
  • Syntax
  • Working techniques in literary studies
Course Structure

The first academic year is dedicated to content from the first subject – Special Needs Education. Courses in the teaching subject – German – are taken in addition from the second academic year onwards.

Students embark on the subject in the 3rd semester via module L1 Introduction to Literary Studies, which comprises an overview lecture on pivotal methods, topics and theories as well as a specialisation seminar in which selected aspects from the lecture are highlighted based on the example of a specific author (such as Goethe, Schiller or Kleist).

Module S1 Introduction to Linguistics follows in the 4th semester. This modules revolves around the thematic areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

Module D1 Introduction to Teaching Methodology follows on from the specialist introductions in the 4th to 6th semesters. Two courses enable students to reflect on the knowledge and skills acquired previously from the perspective of teaching literature and languages.


L1 Introduction to Literary Studies (10 CP)


S1 Introduction to Linguistics (10 CP)

D1 Introduction to Teaching Methodology (10 CP)
Recommended Abilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Capacity for teamwork and willingness to cooperate
  • An interest in diagnosis and support prospects
  • An interest in the foundations of linguistics
  • Great ability to motivate others
  • Assertiveness
Career Opportunities

Students take German as a teaching subject with the prospect of studying the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools (with German Studies as a second subject) after completing the Bachelor’s degree. After completing the Master’s degree, graduates have particularly good employment prospects in the following types of school: Special schools, Integrative/inclusive schools

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

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Those continuing their studies (application for higher semesters) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th.

The following applies to applications from non-EU countries:

  • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg) is required.
  • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover