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

Mathematics 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 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.

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Mathematics 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.

Students on this Bachelor’s degree programme gain solid grounding in Special Needs Education and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA in Special Needs Education), a practice-oriented degree qualifying the graduate to enter a profession. Since the programme includes practical elements and the study content is oriented to this practical training, students gain a professional, scientifically based grounding for areas of activity involving special needs education, such as early intervention, preschool language development, (education) counselling, as well as disability, integration and family support.

In the Bachelor’s degree programme in Special Needs Education, students can also choose Mathematics as a teaching subject, which they study together with content related to special needs education. The aim of the programme is to prepare students for the teacher training strand of the Master’s degree programme that follows on from the Bachelor’s degree. From the third semester onwards, students learn the specialist and teaching methodological foundations required to teach mathematics in a special needs education setting, worth 30 credit points. The mathematical content is based on the requirements of the Federal State of Lower Saxony. The courses on offer are aimed exclusively at students on the Bachelor’s degree programme in Special Needs Education.

Course Content

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Numerical analysis
  • Stochastics
Course Structure

Students start taking the teaching subject of Mathematics from the third semester. This involves an introduction to mathematics, followed by a course in the next semester, which is followed by a course on Elementary Algebra in the next semester. Up until the fifth semester, these specialist courses are supplemented by courses on teaching methodology, in which students learn the foundations of acquiring and teaching mathematics skills in a special needs education setting.

Recommended Abilities

Students wishing to take Mathematics as a teaching subject should have a fundamental interest in the subject. They must also be willing to familiarise themselves with abstract structures and formal thought. In addition, imaginativeness and capacity for teamwork are also very useful.

Career Opportunities

Above all, graduates of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Special Needs Education meet the requirement for pursuing the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools. Other areas of activity can be pursued based on the skills gained in the area of special needs education.

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
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover