The main subject in Primary Education teaches you the pedagogical, sociological and psychological foundations of childhood. It serves to understand the teaching and learning processes of children in the transition from pre-school to primary school age as well as in primary school.
In the course of your studies you will acquire the technical foundations for children's educational and upbringing processes, child development and pedagogical values.
Our graduates are active in these professional fields:
The bachelor's degree course at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.
Orientation Phase (First Year)
if necessary, foundation of school garden or technical communication and technical drawing
Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)
Specialist knowledge for the fourth subject is acquired with the minor course.
The course of study is concluded with a Bachelor's thesis.
The variant "Primary School" and the variant "Pre- and Extracurricular Education" differ in the scope of the modules.
The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.
At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's program. You may have to observe combination rules.
The STUDIMAT supports you in combining the major with the minor subject. Try it out now!
A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.
Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:
Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor-Master study system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's program, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
study teaching at the University of Erfurt
If you follow a master's degree course in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject German, Mathematics and local knowledge and expertise at the following schools:
Download Flyer "Studying to become a primary school teacher" (in German)
General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):
Note: If you are aiming for the Master of Education Primary School, please also note the requirements for your chosen minor field of study.
The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.
International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.
Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):
Only a limited number of study places are available for the field of study Primary and Elementary Education (university internal admission restriction, numerus clausus). The number of places is determined anew for each winter semester.
The places are allocated in an admission procedure according to the following criteria:
Numerous information and advisory services offer you the opportunity to see the study and living conditions in Erfurt for yourself at the open day. Get to know the green campus and the beautiful old town centre on guided tours. Information on the program: Open Day
The discovery days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and program: Discovery Days
Would you like to hold the study program flyer in your hands? Then request our free information material without obligation. In a few days you will receive mail directly to your home.
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The main subject in Primary Education is admission-restricted (with NC).
Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:
For the combination of Primary Education with an admission-free (without NC) or admission-restricted (with NC) course of study, please apply from May 1 to July 15 via the following link.
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