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Sozial-/Sonderpädagogik in der beruflichen Bildung im Bachelorstudiengang Technical Education

Social Education and Community Work / Special Needs Education as subject in the Bachelor’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education
(Bachelor of Science)

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

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

Pre-study internship in the vocational subject (recommended).

Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

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Social Education and Community Work / Special Needs Education is offered as a second subject (or teaching subject) within the bachelor's programme Technical Education. As first subject, a vocational subject must be studied. Please note the subject combination options.

The course is the only teacher training degree programme of this type in Germany that trains students to successfully design lessons in technical education for disadvantaged young people.
The target group involved are usually people who have failed to meet the requirements for vocational training for a variety of reasons. They therefore pursue a vocational preparation course that usually lasts one year, mainly a pre-vocational training year (BVJ) or a vocational rehabilitation class (BEK). Examples include pupils requiring special needs education, migrants and socially disadvantaged young people.
After experiencing little success in their school lives, such pupils are often difficult to motivate. For this reason, students on this degree programme are not trained to teach a particular subject such as German, but study the subject “Social Education & Community Work / Special Needs Education in Vocational Education”, which is deemed to be equivalent.
As such, training is geared towards developing teachers whose role is not simply to convey knowledge. Instead, students learn practice-relevant scientific methods at the bachelor’s stage, enabling them to understand young people’s life situations, promote individual learning strategies and develop further perspectives. Consequently, the bachelor’s programme not only prepares students for the master’s degree programme, but also, alternatively, qualifies graduates to undertake activities in the non-school-based support of disadvantaged individuals.

Further information on the website of the programme Social Education and Community Work / Special Needs Education

Areas of Focus

  • Target groups of disadvantaged individuals requiring support in the vocational training system
  • Methods of individual support
  • Development of inclusive methods of teaching
  • Understanding of learning, action and behaviour
  • Dealing with groups and disturbances in the classroom
  • Familiarisation with structures in the support of disadvantaged individuals
Course Content

In the course of the degree programme, students develop four levels of understanding:

  • Level 1 involves understanding individual young people in special life situations. To achieve this, students learn methods involved in counselling and diagnostics, which they use to understand different behaviours, identify strengths and develop career prospects.
  • Level 2 involves developing methods of inclusive education, based on the educational needs and learning strategies of individual young people.
  • Level 3 involves acquiring knowledge offered by a wide range of further and supplementary education and support programmes.
  • Level 4 involves gaining an understanding of social educational inequality, enabling graduates to identify the life situations of disadvantaged young people as a social problem.

This multidimensional understanding of the profession is accompanied by students’ reflection of their own views and motivations. Individual discussions are therefore offered at various stages of the programme.
In general, the bachelor’s degree programme is geared towards teaching students practical methods and knowledge. In the master’s programme, students increasingly expand on the practical knowledge gained at the bachelor’s stage, acquiring theoretical and scientific expertise.

Recommended Abilities
  • Social commitment is desirable, but not required
  • Previous knowledge of the social sector is desirable, but not  required
  • An interest in social conditions and an understanding of them
  • An interest in dealing with young people, also in difficult situations
  • An enquiring mind, philanthropy and enjoyment of interacting with other people
Career Opportunities

The bachelor’s degree programme in Social Education & Community Work / Special Needs Education in Vocational Education is geared towards enabling students to acquire practical knowledge. It prepares students for activities in the non-school-based support of disadvantaged individuals and enables them to develop an understanding of the special professional environment of special needs education in vocational education and how to engage in network structures. The bachelor’s degree enables graduates to work as educational assistants at vocational schools, teachers of professional practice (as long as they have the professional qualification ‒ master craftsman or technician) or temporary teachers.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master''s programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master''s programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the Bachelor Teacher Training Course for Technical Education are restricted: Computer Science, English Studies (school subject: English), Food Science, German Studies (school subject: German), Politics, Spanish Studies, Sports.

Some subjects in the Bachelor Teacher Training Course for Technical Education are admission-free: Catholic Religious Education, Chemistry, Colour Technology and Interior Decoration, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Metals Technology, Physics, Plant Operations and Manufacturing of Wood Products, Protestant Religious Education and Site Engineering.

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

Application Deadlines

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover