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Sozial-/Sonderpädagogik in der beruflichen Bildung im Masterstudiengang Lehramt an berufsbildenden Schulen

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

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Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

A school internship lasting at least four weeks must have been completed at a school of vocational education.

Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

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Social Education & Community Work / Special Needs Education in Vocational Education is offered as a supplementary subject within the degree programme Master’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education. As a first subject, a vocational subject must be studied.

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. Applicants to the master’s degree programme must have completed a relevant bachelor’s degree.


Areas of Focus

  • Development of career prospects
  • Development of curricula and individual support concepts
  • Reflection of practical teaching experience
  • Scientific understanding of the target group
  • Understanding of social conditions
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 the master’s programme, students increasingly expand on the practical knowledge gained at the bachelor’s stage, acquiring theoretical and scientific expertise.

Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in shaping complex environments
  • Philanthropy
  • An interest in accompanying young people on their “journey in life”
  • An enquiring mind and the desire to understand social processes
Career Opportunities

The master’s degree programme is geared towards acquiring theoretical background knowledge. Graduates of the master’s programme have also passed the First State Examination, qualifying them to embark on the preparatory phase of teacher training for senior civil service at state and state-recognised vocational schools, on a par with grammar school teachers. Both degree programmes (bachelor’s and master’s) also include specific teaching methodological courses on how to act successfully in the classroom.

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

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